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Cell Physiol Biochem. 2015;35(6):2472-82. doi: 10.1159/000374047. Epub 2015 Apr 24.

Angiotensin-(1-7) Attenuates Angiotensin II-Induced ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and MCP-1 Expression via the MAS Receptor Through Suppression of P38 and NF-κB Pathways in HUVECs.

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Department of Cardiology, The Second Hospital of Shanxi Medical University, Taiyuan, China.



Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease. Intracellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), vascular cellular adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) play important roles in inflammatory processes. P38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and nuclear factor (NF)-κB signaling regulate ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and MCP-1 expression. Angiotensin (Ang) II upregulates ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and MCP-1 expression through the P38 MAPK and NF-κB pathways. Ang-(1-7) may oppose the actions of Ang II. We investigated whether Ang-(1-7) prevents Ang II-induced ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and MCP-1 expression in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs).


ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and MCP-1 expression was estimated by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA); P38, NF-κB, and p-IκB-α expression was estimated by western blotting.


Ang-(1-7) inhibited Ang II-induced ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and MCP-1 expression and secretion in HUVECs. Ang II sharply increased P38 MAPK phosphorylation, which was inhibited by pretreatment with Ang-(1-7). Moreover, Ang-(1-7) significantly inhibited Ang II-induced IκB-α phosphorylation and NF-κB P65 nuclear translocation. The MAS receptor antagonist A-779 abolished the suppressive effects of Ang-(1-7).


Ang-(1-7) attenuates Ang II-induced ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and MCP-1 expression via the MAs receptor by suppressing the P38 and NF-κB pathways in HUVECs. Ang-(1-7) might delay the progression of inflammatory diseases, including atherosclerosis.

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