Cyclic strain stimulates monocyte chemotactic protein-1 mRNA expression in smooth muscle cells

Meei Jyh Jiang, Yeuan Jinn Yu, Yuh Lien Chen, Yang Ming Lee, Li Sang Hung

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Hemodynamic forces are important determinants for the formation of atherosclerotic plaques. The recruitment of circulating monocytes into the arterial wall is an important step during atherogenesis. Monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) has been shown to be a key factor for monocyte transmigration. This study examined the effects of cyclic strain on MCP-1 mRNA expression levels of cultured rat aortic smooth muscle cells. The MCP-1 mRNA levels of aortic smooth muscle cells first increased as the duration of cyclic strain increased, reaching the maximum at 6-12 h, maintained at high levels throughout the 48-h strain period. To explore signaling pathways mediating cyclic strain- stimulated MCP-1 mRNA expression, we examined the involvement of tyrosine kinase and protein kinase C (PKC). Tyrosine kinase inhibitors, genistein and tyrphostin 51, at 50 μM blocked cyclic strain-stimulated MCP-1 mRNA expression. Preincubation with a PKC activator, phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA), 2 μM, for 24 h to downregulate PKC did not decrease cyclic strain-induced MCP-1 mRNA expression. A 6-h incubation with 0.1 μM PMA to activate PKC, which stimulated MCP-1 expression when applied alone, abolished the stimulatory effects of cyclic strain. A specific PKC inhibitor, calphostin C (0.1 μM), diminished cyclic strain- stimulated MCP-1 mRNA expression. Angiotensin II at 10 or 1,000 nM induced a moderate upregulation of MCP-1 mRNA, and no synergistic effects were observed between angiotensin II and cyclic strain. These results indicate that cyclic strain stimulates MCP-1 mRNA expression in smooth muscle cells through signaling pathway(s) mediated by tyrosine kinase activation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-310
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cellular Biochemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Feb 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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