Leibniz Institute for Arteriosclerosis Research

Münster, Germany

Leibniz Institute for Arteriosclerosis Research

Münster, Germany

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Brodde M.F.,University Hospital Muenster | Korporaal S.J.A.,Leiden University | Herminghaus G.,University Hospital Muenster | Fobker M.,University Hospital Muenster | And 7 more authors.
Atherosclerosis | Year: 2011

Objectives: HIGH-density lipoproteins (HDL) are a negative predictor of platelet-dependent thrombus formation and reduced platelet activation has been observed in vitro in the presence of HDL3, a major HDL fraction. However, mechanisms underlying the anti-thrombotic effects of HDL3 are poorly understood. Scavenger receptors class B represent possible HDL3 binding partners on platelets. We here investigated the role of scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) and CD36 in mediating inhibitory effects of native HDL3 on thrombin-induced platelet activation. Methods and results: Rhodamine isothiocyanate-labeled HDL3 bound specifically to platelets and HDL3 binding was inhibited by scavenger receptor class B ligands such as phosphatidylserine (PS)- or phosphatidylinositol (PI)-containing liposomes or maleylated albumin (mBSA). By contrast, scavenger receptor class A ligands failed to displace HDL3 from platelets. HDL3, PS- and PI-liposomes, and mBSA inhibited thrombin-induced platelet aggregation, fibrinogen binding, P-selectin expression and mobilization of intracellular Ca2+. In addition, PS- and PI-liposomes emulated HDL3-induced intracellular signaling cascades including diacylglycerol production and protein kinase C activation. The reduction of platelet activation by liposomes was related to their PS or PI content. Moreover, inhibitory effects of native HDL3 were enhanced after enriching lipoproteins with PS, while PS- and PI-poor HDL2 failed to inhibit platelet aggregation and Ca2+ mobilization. Both, HDL3 and PS-containing liposomes failed to inhibit thrombin-induced activation of platelets obtained from SR-BI-deficient mice but not CD36-deficient mice. Conclusion: We suggest that SR-BI is a functional receptor for native HDL3 on platelets that generates an inhibitory signal for platelet activation. The content of negatively charged phospholipids (PS, PI) in HDL may be an important determinant of their anti-thrombotic potential. © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.


Baitsch D.,University of Munster | Bock H.H.,Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg | Bock H.H.,University Hospital Freiburg | Engel T.,Leibniz Institute for Arteriosclerosis Research | And 11 more authors.
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology | Year: 2011

Objective- Apolipoprotein E (apoE) exerts potent antiinflammatory effects. Here, we investigated the effect of apoE on the functional phenotype of macrophages. Methods and Results- Human apoE receptors very-low-density lipoprotein receptor (VLDL-R) and apoE receptor-2 (apoER2) were stably expressed in RAW264.7 mouse macrophages. In these cells, apoE downregulated markers of the proinflammatory M1 phenotype (inducible nitric oxide synthase, interleukin [IL]-12, macrophage inflammatory protein-1α) but upregulated markers of the antiinflammatory M2 phenotype (arginase I, SOCS3, IL-1 receptor antagonist [IL-1RA]). In addition, M1 macrophage responses (migration, generation of reactive oxygen species, antibody-dependent cell cytotoxicity, phagocytosis), as well as poly(I:C)- or interferon-γ-induced production of proinflammatory cytokines; cyclooxygenase-2 expression; and activation of nuclear factor-κB, IκB, and STAT1, were suppressed in VLDL-R- or apoER2-expressing cells. Conversely, the suppression of the M2 phenotype and the enhanced response to poly(I:C) were observed in apoE-producing bone marrow macrophages derived from VLDL-R-deficient mice but not wild-type or low-density lipoprotein receptor-deficient mice. The modulatory effects of apoE on macrophage polarization were inhibited in apoE receptor-expressing RAW264.7 cells exposed to SB220025, a p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase inhibitor, and PP1, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Accordingly, apoE induced tyrosine kinase-dependent activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase in VLDL-R- or apoER2-expressing macrophages. Under in vivo conditions, apoE mice transplanted with apoE-producing wild-type bone marrow showed increased plasma IL-1RA levels, and peritoneal macrophages of transplanted animals were shifted to the M2 phenotype (increased IL-1RA production and CD206 expression). Conclusion- apoE signaling via VLDL-R or apoER2 promotes macrophage conversion from the proinflammatory M1 to the antiinflammatory M2 phenotype. This effect may represent a novel antiinflammatory activity of apoE. Copyright © 2011 American Heart Association. All rights reserved.


De Maria R.,CNR Institute of Clinical Physiology | Landolina M.,Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo | Gasparini M.,Instituto Clinico Humanitas IRCCS | Schmitz B.,University of Munster | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Cardiac Failure | Year: 2012

Background: Reverse remodeling (RR) after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is associated with favorable clinical outcomes in heart failure (HF). The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) is involved in the remodeling process. Methods and Results: We assessed the association between RR and 8 common RAAS gene variants, which were determined by TaqMan assays, in 156 outpatients with chronic HF. RR was defined as a >15% decrease in left ventricular end systolic volume (LVESV) at 9 (interquartile range 7-12) months after CRT. We matched 76 patients who did not show RR (RR-) to 80 RR+ control subjects by age, sex, HF etiology, New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). The frequency of the minor allele of the NR3C2 gene (rs5522 C/T), encoding the mineralocorticoid receptor, was higher in RR- than in RR (24/126 vs 10/150; P value after false discovery rate correction: <.0193). Conversely, LVESV decreased significantly less after CRT in carriers of the NR3C2 minor C allele (P =.02). After adjustment for age, sex, NYHA functional class, previous myocardial infarction, atrial fibrillation, and LVEF, RR- remained independently associated with NR3C2 C allele carriage (odds ratio 3.093, 95% confidence interval 1.253-7.632). Conclusions: The association of RR- after CRT with a common polymorphism in the mineralocorticoid receptor gene involved in aldosterone signaling suggests a possible role for variants in RAAS genes in progressive LV function decline, despite apparently effective CRT. © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Hofnagel O.,Leibniz Institute for Arteriosclerosis Research | Hofnagel O.,Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology | Engel T.,Leibniz Institute for Arteriosclerosis Research | Severs N.J.,Imperial College London | And 2 more authors.
Atherosclerosis | Year: 2011

Objective:: The scavenger receptor SR-PSOX/CXCL16, which is identical to the chemokine CXCL16, is thought to be involved in atherogenesis. However, the presence and function of SR-PSOX/CXCL16 in the endothelium of atherosclerotic arteries has not been substantiated. Methods and results:: In rabbit aorta immunocytochemistry revealed SR-PSOX/CXCL16 primarily in the endothelium at sites predisposed to lesion formation, in the endothelium of early atherosclerotic lesions, and mainly in intimal macrophages of more developed lesions, indicating that SR-PSOX/CXCL16-expression shifts during atherogenesis. In addition to its function as scavenger receptor and chemokine, SR-PSOX mediated the adhesion of THP-1 monocytes to endothelial cells in vitro. Both THP-1 monocytes and endothelial cells express SR-PSOX/CXCL16, and THP-1 monocytes express CXCR6, the specific receptor for SR-PSOX/CXCL16. Anti-SR-PSOX/CXCL16 and anti-CXCR6 antibody block monocyte adhesion, showing that SR-PSOX/CXCL16-CXCR6 interaction mediates monocyte-endothelial cell adhesion. SR-PSOX/CXCL16 expression of endothelial cells is upregulated by pro-inflammatory cytokines, and is reversed by incubation with ciglitazone and lovastatin. Conclusions:: We suggest that SR-PSOX/CXCL16 may promote the adhesion of monocytes to the endothelium during early atherogenesis and that accumulating cytokines enhance SR-PSOX/CXCL16-mediated adhesion by upregulating SR-PSOX/CXCL16 expression. Manipulation of SR-PSOX/CXCL16 expression with anti-inflammatory agents may be of therapeutic value. © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.


Bloch O.,Charité - Medical University of Berlin | Erdbrugger W.,AutoTissue Ltd | Volker W.,Leibniz Institute for Arteriosclerosis Research | Schenk A.,AutoTissue Ltd | And 3 more authors.
Medical Science Monitor | Year: 2012

Background: Only limited information is available regarding the influence of decellularization on the extracellular matrix in heart valves. Within the extracellular matrix proteoglycans (PG) play a central role in the structural organization and physical functioning of valves and in their capability of settling with endothelial and interstitial cells partially myofibroblasts. We have therefore estimated the effects of decellularization using deoxycholic acid on the structure of the extracellular matrix and PG's in porcine aortic valves. Material/Methods: Cupromeronic blue was used, alone or in combination with OsO4/thio-carbo-hydrazide/OsO4 for electron microscopic visualization. For PG and glycosaminoglycan (GAG) investigation a papain digestion was employed in combination with photometric determination using dimethylmethylene blue. Results: The results indicate that deoxycholic acid affects the compartmentation of the PG-associated interstitial network not significantly. Compared to controls the PG-rich network was preserved even after deoxycholic acid treatment for 48 h. In parallel to electron microscopy immune assays (ELISA) showed smooth muscle cell a-actin to be reduced to 0.96%±0.71 and total soluble protein to 6.68%±2.0 (n=3) of untreated controls. Protein loss corresponded well with the observations in electron micrographs of rupture and efflux of cell content. Further signs of lysis were irregular cell contours and loss of the basement membrane. Conclusions: Efficient cell-lysis without disintegration or loss of integrity of the interstitial PG network can be achieved by treatment of aortic valves with deoxycholic acid for 48h. This protocol might also be suitable for clinical use to optimize conditions for growth and autologous remodelling of valves. © Med Sci Monit, 2012.


Luchtefeld M.,Hannover Medical School | Preuss C.,Leibniz Institute for Arteriosclerosis Research | Ruhle F.,Leibniz Institute for Arteriosclerosis Research | Bogalle E.P.,Hannover Medical School | And 6 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2011

Background: Elevated levels of acute phase proteins (APP) are often found in patients with cardiovascular diseases. In a previous study, we demonstrated the importance of the IL-6-gp130 axis -as a key regulator of inflammatory acute phase signaling in hepatocytes-for the development of atherosclerosis. Background/Principal Findings: Gp130-dependent gene expression was analyzed in a previously established hepatocyte-specific gp130 knockout mouse model. We performed whole transcriptome analysis in isolated hepatocytes to measure tissue specific responses after proinflammatory stimulus with IL-6 across different time points. Our analyses revealed an unexpected small gene cluster that requires IL-6 stimulus for early activation. Several of the genes in this cluster are involved in different cell defense mechanisms. Thus, stressors that trigger both general stress and inflammatory responses lead to activation of a stereotypic innate cellular defense response. Furthermore, we identified a potential biomarker Lipocalin (LCN) 2 for the gp130 dependent early inflammatory response. Conclusions/Significance: Our findings suggest a complex network of tightly linked genes involved in the early activation of different parts of the innate immune response including acute phase proteins, complement and coagulation cascade. © 2011 Luchtefeld et al.


Rangkasenee N.,Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology | Murani E.,Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology | Brunner R.M.,Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology | Schellander K.,University of Bonn | And 7 more authors.
Frontiers in Genetics | Year: 2013

Osteochondrosis (OC) is an orthopedic syndrome of the joints that occurs in children and adolescents and domestic animals, particularly pigs, horses, and dogs. OC is the most frequent cause of leg weakness in rapidly growing pigs causing animal welfare issues and economic losses. In this study, a genome-wide association study (GWAS) was performed using the Porcine 60k SNPChip in animals of the breed Large White (n = 298) to identify chromosome regions and candidate genes associated with OC lesion scores. A total of 19 SNPs on chromosomes (SSC) 3, 5, 8, 10, 14, and 18 were significantly associated with OC lesion scores (p-values ≤ 10-5). The SNPs MARC0098684, MARC00840086, MARC0093124, and ASGA0062794 at SSC14 36.1-38.2 Mb encompass a region of six linkage disequilibrium (LD) blocks. The most significant SNP ASGA0062794 is located in a LD block spanning 465 kb and covering the gene encoding T-box transcription factor 5 (TBX5). A SNP (c.54T > C) identified in TBX5 was significantly associated with OC lesion scores in a single-marker analysis. TBX5 c.54T > C showed highest LD with ASGA00627974 (r2 = 0.96) and superior association with OC lesion scores over other SNPs when included in the genome scan, whereas its treatment as an additional fixed effect in the GWAS statistical model led to a drop of significance of nearby markers. Moreover, real-time PCR showed different transcript abundance of TBX5 in healthy and defect cartilage. The results imply that the association signal obtained on SCC14 is largely attributable to TBX5 c.54T > C likely to be in LD with a regulatory polymorphism of TBX5. The transcription factor TBX5 interacts with GJA5 and MEF2C both being involved in vascularization. This study provides evidence for epistatic interaction of TBX5 and MEF2C, thus supporting deficiency of blood supply to growth cartilage as being fundamental for the initiation of OC. © 2013 Rangkasenee, Murani, Brunner, Schellander, Cinar, Luther, Hofer, Stoll, Witten, Ponsuksili and Wimmers.


Hirt M.N.,University of Hamburg | Sorensen N.A.,University of Hamburg | Bartholdt L.M.,University of Hamburg | Boeddinghaus J.,University of Hamburg | And 9 more authors.
Basic Research in Cardiology | Year: 2012

Increased afterload results in 'pathological' cardiac hypertrophy, the most important risk factor for the development of heart failure. Current in vitro models fall short in deciphering the mechanisms of hypertrophy induced by afterload enhancement. The aim of this study was to develop an experimental model that allows investigating the impact of afterload enhancement (AE) on work-performing heart muscles in vitro. Fibrin-based engineered heart tissue (EHT) was cast between two hollow elastic silicone posts in a 24-well cell culture format. After 2 weeks, the posts were reinforced with metal braces, which markedly increased afterload of the spontaneously beating EHTs. Serum-free, triiodothyronine-, and hydrocortisone-supplemented medium conditions were established to prevent undefined serum effects. Control EHTs were handled identically without reinforcement. Endothelin-1 (ET-1)- or phenylephrine (PE)-stimulated EHTs served as positive control for hypertrophy. Cardiomyocytes in EHTs enlarged by 28.4 % under AE and to a similar extent by ET-1- or PE-stimulation (40.6 or 23.6 %), as determined by dystrophin staining. Cardiomyocyte hypertrophy was accompanied by activation of the fetal gene program, increased glucose consumption, and increased mRNA levels and extracellular deposition of collagen-1. Importantly, afterload-enhanced EHTs exhibited reduced contractile force and impaired diastolic relaxation directly after release of the metal braces. These deleterious effects of afterload enhancement were preventable by endothelin-A, but not endothelin-B receptor blockade. Sustained afterload enhancement of EHTs alone is sufficient to induce pathological cardiac remodeling with reduced contractile function and increased glucose consumption. The model will be useful to investigate novel therapeutic approaches in a simple and fast manner. © 2012 The Author(s).


Feulner P.G.D.,Westfaelische Wilhelms University | Chain F.J.J.,Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology | Panchal M.,Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology | Eizaguirre C.,Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology | And 10 more authors.
Molecular Ecology | Year: 2013

Since the end of the Pleistocene, the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) has repeatedly colonized and adapted to various freshwater habitats probably originating from ancestral marine populations. Standing genetic variation and the underlying genomic architecture both have been speculated to contribute to recent adaptive radiations of sticklebacks. Here, we expand on the current genomic resources of this fish by providing extensive genome-wide variation data from six individuals from a marine (North Sea) stickleback population. Using next-generation sequencing and a combination of paired-end and mate-pair libraries, we detected a wide size range of genetic variation. Among the six individuals, we found more than 7% of the genome is polymorphic, consisting of 2 599 111 SNPs, 233 464 indels and structural variation (SV) (>50 bp) such as 1054 copy-number variable regions (deletions and duplications) and 48 inversions. Many of these polymorphisms affect gene and coding sequences. Based on SNP diversity, we determined outlier regions concordant with signatures expected under adaptive evolution. As some of these outliers overlap with pronounced regions of copy-number variation, we propose the consideration of such SV when analysing SNP data from re-sequencing approaches. We further discuss the value of this resource on genome-wide variation for further investigation upon the relative contribution of standing variation on the parallel evolution of sticklebacks and the importance of the genomic architecture in adaptive radiation. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


Weissen-Plenz G.,University Hospital of Muenster | Weissen-Plenz G.,Leibniz Institute for Arteriosclerosis Research | Sezer O.,University Hospital of Muenster | Vahlhaus C.,University Hospital of Muenster | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery | Year: 2010

Background: Cogan's syndrome is a rare disorder of unknown origin characterized by inflammatory ocular disease and vestibuloauditory symptoms. Systemic vasculitis is found in about 10% of cases.Case presentation: A 46-year-old female with Cogans's syndrome and a history of arterial hypertension presented with severe chest pain caused by an aneurysm of the ascending aorta with a dissection membrane located a few centimeters distal from the aortic root. After surgery, histopathological analysis revealed that vascular matrix integrity and expression of the major matrix molecules was characterized by elastolysis and collagenolysis and thus a dramatic loss of structural integrity. Remarkably, exceeding matrix deterioration was associated with massively increased levels of granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF).Conclusion: Our data suggest that the persistently increased secretion of the inflammatory mediator GM-CSF by resident inflammatory cells but also by SMC may be the trigger of aortic wall structural deterioration. © 2010 Weissen-Plenz et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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