Small GTPase Rho and its target Rho-kinase play an important role in various cellular functions that may be involved in the pathogenesis of arteriosclerosis. Here we show that adenovirus-mediated transfer of dominant-negative Rho-kinase (AdDNRhoK) induces a regression of coronary constrictive remodeling and abolishes coronary vasospastic activity in vivo. Porcine coronary segments were chronically treated with interleukin-1β, which resulted in the development of constrictive remodeling and vasospastic responses to serotonin in vivo. AdDNRhoK, but not that of β-galactosidase, into the interleukin-1β-treated coronary segment caused regression of constrictive remodeling and abolished vasospastic activity in 3 weeks. The unregulated phosphorylation of the target proteins of Rho-kinase at the coronary lesion was significantly suppressed by AdDNRhoK. These results indicate that Rho-kinase is substantially involved in the mechanism of coronary arteriosclerosis, which can be reversed by selective inhibition of the molecule in our porcine model in vivo.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
- Gene transfer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- History and Philosophy of Science