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Life Sci. 2000;66(1):67-76.

Opposing actions of angiotensins on angiogenesis.

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Department of Physiology and Biophysics Institute of Biological Sciences-Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte/MG-Brazil.


Using the murine sponge model of angiogenesis, associated to functional and morphological parameters we have demonstrated opposing actions of angiotensin II (Ang II) and angiotensin-(1-7;Ang-1-7) in modulating fibrovascular tissue growth. Angiogenesis in the implants was assessed at day 7 postimplantation by extracting the hemoglobin content, by determining the outflow rate of sodium fluorescein applied intraimplant and by histological analysis. Furthermore, the proliferative activity of control and angiotensin-treated implants was established using the MTS (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2(4 -sulfonyl)2H-tetrazolium)assay. The hemoglobin content in the control implants was 2.4 +/- 0.14 (microg/mg wet weight) versus 3.6 +/- 0.27(Ang II;100 ng) and 0.86 +/- 0.07 Ang-(1-7); 20 ng. Blood flow in the implants as determined by t1/2 values (time taken for the fluorescence to reach 50% of the peak in the systemic circulation) showed that Ang II stimulated angiogenesis, whereas Ang-(1-7) inhibited it. The proliferative activity of the sponge-induced fibrovascular tissue was enhanced by Ang II and diminished by Ang-(1-7). These results show the pro-versus anti-angiogenic effects of these angiotensin molecules, providing evidence for their opposing effects on vascular tissue growth and wound healing in vivo.

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