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Cellular and molecular components of the atherosclerotic process: Primary colture and characterization of human vascular smooth muscle cells from carotid artery

Gagliano, Teresa (2009) Cellular and molecular components of the atherosclerotic process: Primary colture and characterization of human vascular smooth muscle cells from carotid artery. Tesi di Dottorato , Università degli studi di Ferrara.

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    Introduction The last years were characterized by several studies proceeding to understand SMC heterogeneity. Animal models of rat or rabbit IT after endothelial lesion are presently the most studied models for atherosclerotic plaque formation and have been useful in order to understand several biological features of SMCs. The disadvantages of animal models are that there is no possibility to reproduce the same history of pathogenesis in animals as that in man. There is no perfect animal model that completely replicates all stages of human atherosclerosis. Howevere, identification of particular SMCs subpopulation in human arteries represents a difficult challenge for understandable reason, such us material availability and experiment standardization. The relevance of SMC heterogenity to human disease still remains to be demonstrated. Aim Aim of this study is to obtain primary culture of human vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) from both atherosclerotic and no-atherosclerotic carotid artery, to investigare human SMC heterogeneity. Moreover, the possibility to isolate o SMC subpopulations, from a single human artery, could be usefull to verify the hypothesis that distinct SMC subtypes are involved in atherosclerosis pathogenesis and progression. Materials, Methods and Results Thanks to a collaboration between our laboratory and the Vascular Surgery’s group of Sant’Anna Hospital(University of Ferrara) leading by Francesco Mascoli, we had the possibility to obtain samples of atherosclerotic and noatherosclerotic human carotid artery from patients undergone to carotid endarterectomy. From these specimens we proceeded with tissue explantation in order to obtain primary colture of vascular smooth muscle cells both from no-atherosclerotic and atherosclerotic carotid artery. Cells obtained by tissue explantation were tested by immunoflurescences staining in order to verify the presence of alfa smooth muscle actin, a specific marker of vascular smooth muscle cells. Once we verified the nature of our cells through the presence of alfa smooth muscle actin we have tried to divide the atherosclerotic artery in media and plaque and than proceeding tissue explatation only with media or only with plaque or with complete lesion. We have found out that only from the complete lesion (media +plaque) we have obtained cellular outgrowth, while media and plaque alone has not gave cells at all. From these results we were started to understand which tissue, between media and plaque was the proliferative ones. In order to obtain this data we have proceeded with an experiment of cocolture using transwell insert, wich allows media and plaque to stay phisically separeted but to share the same medium. After these experiments, we have found out that the proliferative tissue was the media but plaque presence was a “condicio sine qua non” for cellular outgrowth in atherosclerotic carotid artery. We have compared cells coming from non atherosclerotic media with the ones coming from atherosclerotic artery: early, we have found out the morphological differences: cells from non atherosclerotic media was large and grew up in a monolayer even at confluence, while cells from atherosclerotic media was small and elongated and, at confluence, grew up forming a multilayer net. We have analyzed the cells also using immunofluorescences finding out that large cells(coming from no-atherosclerotic artery), had much alfa smooth muscle actin and did not shown Desmin, or S100A4(a marker of atheroma prone cells in porcine model of atherosclerosis), but show SMMHC. Small cells (coming from atherosclerotic artery), instead, had less alfa smooth muscle actin compared to large cells, and did not shown desmin and SMMHC but show an high production of S100A4. We also have tried to add plaque in tissue explantation of no-atherosclerotique media and the outgrownig from these experiments was small and by immunofluorescence shown the presences of S100A4. These are only preliminary data. The presence of the mRNA of these markers was analyzed by using RT-PCR. For further information about the differences between these two celluar populations we led a microarray experiment using biological material coming from three patiences. We discovered that there are 375 genes modulated in the two populations; these genes are involved in several biological pathways, in particular inflammation and cellular development. In conclusion we found that there are two kind of cellular populations in human artery with atherosclerotic lesion, they have some important differences that could explain why cells change phenotype and migrate in to the intima. Cells from atherosclerotic artery are strictly dependent of plaque presences that act on on them as a magnet. We identify a group of genes that can help us to understand what are the steps of phenotypical modulation. Presence of plaque nearby no-atherosclerotic artery can switch the cells from a large phenotype to a Small Phenotype (this preliminary data is confirmed by the presence in cells, outgrowed from no-atherosclerotic artery in presece of plaque, of S100A4)

    Tipologia del documento:Tesi di Dottorato (Tesi di Dottorato)
    Data:27 Febbraio 2009
    Relatore:Del Senno, Laura - Marchetti, Giovanna
    Coordinatore ciclo:Bernardi, Francesco
    Istituzione:Università degli studi di Ferrara
    Struttura:Dipartimento > Biochimica e biologia molecolare
    Soggetti:Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/10 Biochimica
    Parole chiave:Atherosclerosis
    Depositato il:06 Lug 2009 13:35


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