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Role of RhoB in the Regulation of Pulmonary Endothelial and Smooth Muscle Cell Responses to Hypoxia
Centre for Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Experimental Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK.
Centre for Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Experimental Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK.
Centre for Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Experimental Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK.
Centre for Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Experimental Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK.
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2012 (English)In: Circulation Research, ISSN 0009-7330, E-ISSN 1524-4571, Vol. 110, no 11, 1423-1434 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Rationale: RhoA and Rho kinase contribute to pulmonary vasoconstriction and vascular remodeling in pulmonary hypertension. RhoB, a protein homologous to RhoA and activated by hypoxia, regulates neoplastic growth and vasoconstriction but its role in the regulation of pulmonary vascular function is not known.

Objective: To determine the role of RhoB in pulmonary endothelial and smooth muscle cell responses to hypoxia and in pulmonary vascular remodeling in chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension.

Methods and Results: Hypoxia increased expression and activity of RhoB in human pulmonary artery endothelial and smooth muscle cells, coincidental with activation of RhoA. Hypoxia or adenoviral overexpression of constitutively activated RhoB increased actomyosin contractility, induced endothelial permeability, and promoted cell growth; dominant negative RhoB or manumycin, a farnesyltransferase inhibitor that targets the vascular function of RhoB, inhibited the effects of hypoxia. Coordinated activation of RhoA and RhoB maximized the hypoxia-induced stress fiber formation caused by RhoB/mammalian homolog of Drosophila diaphanous-induced actin polymerization and RhoA/Rho kinase-induced phosphorylation of myosin light chain on Ser19. Notably, RhoB was specifically required for hypoxia-induced factor-1 alpha stabilization and for hypoxia- and platelet-derived growth factor-induced cell proliferation and migration. RhoB deficiency in mice markedly attenuated development of chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension, despite compensatory expression of RhoA in the lung.

Conclusions: RhoB mediates adaptational changes to acute hypoxia in the vasculature, but its continual activation by chronic hypoxia can accentuate vascular remodeling to promote development of pulmonary hypertension. RhoB is a potential target for novel approaches (eg, farnesyltransferase inhibitors) aimed at regulating pulmonary vascular tone and structure.

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2012. Vol. 110, no 11, 1423-1434 p.
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hypoxia, pulmonary hypertension, Rho GTPases, endothelium, smooth muscle cells
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-178870DOI: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.112.264473ISI: 000304867900012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-178870DiVA: diva2:542917
Available from: 2012-08-06 Created: 2012-08-02 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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