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Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2013 Oct 15;305(8):H1158-67. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.00965.2012. Epub 2013 Aug 9.

Apurinic/apyrimidinic endonucelase 1 maintains adhesion of endothelial progenitor cells and reduces neointima formation.

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Department of Cardiovascular Regeneration and Innovation, Asahikawa Medical University, Midorigaoka-higashi, Asahikawa, Japan;


Apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease 1 (APE1) is a multifunctional protein that processes DNA-repair function and controls cellular response to oxidative stress. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are recruited to oxidative stress-rich injured vascular walls and positively contribute to vascular repair and endothelialization. We hypothesized that APE1 functions for EPCs-mediated inhibition of neointima formation in injured vasculature. EPCs isolated from bone marrow cells of C57BL6 mice (12-16 wk old) were able to survive in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2; up to 1,000 μM) due to the highly expressed reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavengers. However, adhesion capacity of EPCs was significantly inhibited by H2O2 (100 μM) even though an intracellular ROS was retained at small level. An APE1-selective inhibitor or RNA interference-mediated knockdown of endogenous APE1 in EPCs aggravated the H2O2-mediated inhibition of EPCs-adhesion. In contrast, when APE1 was overexpressed in EPCs using an adenovirus harboring the APE1 gene (APE-EPCs), adhesion was significantly improved during oxidative stress. To examine in vivo effects of APE1 in EPCs, APE-EPCs were transplanted via the tail vein after wire-mediated injury of the mouse femoral artery. The number of adherent EPCs at injured vascular walls and the vascular repair effect of EPCs were enhanced in APE-EPCs compared with control EPCs. Among the cellular functions of EPCs, adhesion is especially sensitive to oxidative stress. APE1 enhances in vivo vascular repair effects of EPCs in part through the maintenance of adhesion properties of EPCs. APE1 may be a novel and useful target gene for effective cellular transplantation therapy.


apurinic/apyriμidinic endonuclease 1; endothelial progenitor cells; oxidative stress; vascular remodeling

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