Co-Culture of Aortic Endothelial & Smooth Muscle Cells

A novel role of endothelium in activation of latent pro-membrane type 1 MMP and pro-MMP-2 in rat aorta.

Aims Aortic stiffness is an independent risk factor for progression of cardiovascular diseases. Degradation of elastic fibres in aorta due to angiotensin II (ANGII)-stimulated overactivation of latent membrane type 1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1MMP) and matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP2) is regarded to represent an important cause of aortic stiffness. Therefore, clarification of the causal mechanisms triggering the overactivation of these MMPs is of utmost importance. This study addresses the endothelium as a novel key activator of latent pro-MT1MMP and pro-MMP2 in rat aorta.

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