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2.  Dynamics of heat shock protein 60 in endothelial cells exposed to cigarette smoke extract 
Heat shock protein 60 (HSP60), expressed on the surface of endothelial cells (ECs) stressed by e.g. oxidized LDL or mechanical shear, was shown to function as an auto-antigen and thus as a pro-atherosclerotic molecule. The aim of this study was to determine whether cigarette smoke chemicals can lead to the activation of the “HSP60 pathway.” It was also our aim to elucidate the dynamics of HSP60 from gene expression to endothelial surface expression and secretion. Here we show for the first time that the exposure of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) to cigarette smoke extract (CSE) results in an up-regulation of HSP60 mRNA. Live cell imaging analysis of a HSP60-EYFP fusion protein construct transfected into ECs revealed that mitochondrial structures collapse in response to CSE exposure. As a result, HSP60 is released from the mitochondria, transported to the cell surface, and released into the cell culture supernatant. Analysis of HSP60 in the sera of healthy young individuals exposed to secondhand smoke revealed significantly elevated levels of HSP60. Cigarette smoking is one of the most relevant risk factors for atherosclerosis. Herein, we provide evidence that cigarette smoke may initiate atherosclerosis in the sense of the “auto-immune hypothesis of atherosclerosis.”
Highlights
► Cigarette smoke alters the structure and function of mitochondria. ► Cigarette smoke potently induces HSP60 expression and translocation. ► Secondhand smokers are particularly prone to cigarette smoke-induced atherosclerosis.
doi:10.1016/j.yjmcc.2011.07.003
PMCID: PMC3190135  PMID: 21798264
Cigarette smoking; Heat shock protein 60; Atherosclerosis; Autoimmunity; Live cell imaging
3.  Interaction of 5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin) against Aspergillus spp. in vitro 
This study examined the direct interaction of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)) with Aspergillus species. Accumulation of 5-HT in aspergilli was investigated by immunofluorescence staining and laser confocal scanning microscopy. The influence of 5-HT on fungal ergosterol content, cell membrane integrity, fungal growth and hyphal elongation was determined. 5-HT was localised in the cytoplasm of Aspergillus spp., as 5-HT fluorescent signals appeared after 30 min at 4°C and in the presence of inhibitors of oxidative phosphorylation. 5-HT treatment of Aspergillus spp. significantly affected ergosterol synthesis, fungal cell membrane integrity and hyphal elongation (P < 0.05). 5-HT treatment for 4 h resulted in a lag of re-growth (post-antifungal effect). In conclusion, our findings suggest that 5-HT affects hyphal growth and diminishes fungal cell membrane integrity.
doi:10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2006.12.003
PMCID: PMC3010239  PMID: 17276041
Serotonin; Aspergillus spp.; Ergosterol; Platelets
4.  CenH3/CID Incorporation Is Not Dependent on the Chromatin Assembly Factor CHD1 in Drosophila 
PLoS ONE  2010;5(4):e10120.
CHD1 is a SNF2-related ATPase that is required for the genome-wide incorporation of variant histone H3.3 in the paternal pronucleus as well as in transcriptionally active nuclei in Drosophila embryos. The S. pombe and vertebrate orthologs of CHD1 have been implicated in the assembly of the centromeric histone H3 variant CenH3CENP-A, which occurs in a DNA replication-independent manner. Here, we examined whether CHD1 participates in the assembly of CenH3CID in Drosophila. In contrast to the findings in fission yeast and vertebrate cells, our evidence clearly argues against such a role for CHD1 in Drosophila. CHD1 does not localize to centromeres in either S2 cells or developing fly embryos. Down-regulation of CHD1 in S2 cells by RNAi reveals unchanged levels of CenH3CID at the centromeres. Most notably, ablation of functional CHD1 in Chd1 mutant fly embryos does not interfere with centromere and kinetochore assembly, as the levels and localization of CenH3CID, CENP-C and BubR1 in the mutant embryos remain similar to those seen in wild-type embryos. These results indicate that Drosophila CHD1 has no direct function in the incorporation of the centromeric H3 variant CenH3CID into chromatin. Therefore, centromeric chromatin assembly may involve different mechanisms in different organisms.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010120
PMCID: PMC2852906  PMID: 20396651
5.  Peripheral infusion of rat bone marrow derived endothelial progenitor cells leads to homing in acute lung injury 
Respiratory Research  2007;8(1):50.
Background
Bone marrow-derived progenitors for both epithelial and endothelial cells have been observed in the lung. Besides mature endothelial cells (EC) that compose the adult vasculature, endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) are supposed to be released from the bone marrow into the peripheral blood after stimulation by distinct inflammatory injuries. Homing of ex vivo generated bone marrow-derived EPC into the injured lung has not been investigated so far. We therefore tested the hypothesis whether homing of EPC in damaged lung tissue occurs after intravenous administration.
Methods
Ex vivo generated, characterized and cultivated rat bone marrow-derived EPC were investigated for proliferation and vasculogenic properties in vitro. EPC were tested for their homing in a left-sided rat lung transplant model mimicking a severe acute lung injury. EPC were transplanted into the host animal by peripheral administration into the femoral vein (106 cells). Rats were sacrificed 1, 4 or 9 days after lung transplantation and homing of EPC was evaluated by fluorescence microscopy. EPC were tested further for their involvement in vasculogenesis processes occurring in subcutaneously applied Matrigel in transplanted animals.
Results
We demonstrate the integration of intravenously injected EPC into the tissue of the transplanted left lung suffering from acute lung injury. EPC were localized in vessel walls as well as in destructed lung tissue. Virtually no cells were found in the right lung or in other organs. However, few EPC were found in subcutaneous Matrigel in transplanted rats.
Conclusion
Transplanted EPC may play an important role in reestablishing the endothelial integrity in vessels after severe injury or at inflamatory sites and might further contribute to vascular repair or wound healing processes in severely damaged tissue. Therapeutic applications of EPC transplantation may ensue.
doi:10.1186/1465-9921-8-50
PMCID: PMC2000890  PMID: 17620112

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