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      Spatiotemporal Multi-omics Mapping Generates a Molecular Atlas of the Aortic Valve and Reveals Networks Driving Disease

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          <div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="S1"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d9093625e347">Background</h5> <p id="P1">No pharmacological therapy exists for calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD), which confers a dismal prognosis without invasive valve replacement. The search for therapeutics and early diagnostics is challenging since CAVD presents in multiple pathological stages. Moreover, it occurs in the context of a complex, multi-layered tissue architecture, a rich and abundant extracellular matrix phenotype, and a unique, highly plastic and multipotent resident cell population. </p> </div><div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="S2"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d9093625e352">Methods</h5> <p id="P2">A total of 25 human stenotic aortic valves obtained from valve replacement surgeries were analyzed by multiple modalities, including transcriptomics and global unlabeled and label-based tandem-mass-tagged proteomics. Segmentation of valves into disease-stage-specific samples was guided by near infrared molecular imaging, and anatomical layer-specificity was facilitated by laser capture microdissection. Side-specific cell cultures were subjected to multiple calcifying stimuli, and their calcification potential and basal/stimulated proteomes were evaluated. Molecular (protein-protein) interaction networks were built and their central proteins and disease associations were identified. </p> </div><div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="S3"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d9093625e357">Results</h5> <p id="P3">Global transcriptional and protein expression signatures differed between the non-diseased, fibrotic, and calcific stages of CAVD. Anatomical aortic valve microlayers exhibited unique proteome profiles that were maintained throughout disease progression and identified glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) as a specific marker of valvular interstitial cells (VICs) from the spongiosa layer. CAVD disease progression was marked by an emergence of smooth muscle cell activation, inflammation, and calcification-related pathways. Proteins overrepresented in the disease-prone fibrosa are functionally annotated to fibrosis and calcification pathways, and we found that <i>in vitro</i>, fibrosa-derived VICs demonstrated greater calcification potential than those from the ventricularis. These studies confirmed that the microlayer-specific proteome was preserved in cultured VICs, and that VICs exposed to ALPL-dependent and ALPL-independent calcifying stimuli had distinct proteome profiles, both of which overlapped with that of the whole tissue. Analysis of protein-protein interaction networks found a significant closeness to multiple inflammatory and fibrotic diseases. </p> </div><div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="S4"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d9093625e365">Conclusions</h5> <p id="P4">A spatially- and temporally-resolved multi-omics, and network and systems biology strategy identifies the first molecular regulatory networks in CAVD, a cardiac condition without a pharmacological cure, and describes a novel means of systematic disease ontology that is broadly applicable to comprehensive omics studies of cardiovascular diseases. </p> </div>

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          Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health)
          March 27 2018
          : CIRCULATIONAHA.117.032291
          © 2018


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