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Yang Y.,Yunnan Province 2nd Hospital | Yang Y.,University of Missouri | Yang Y.,Yunnan University | Yang K.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | And 7 more authors.
Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology | Year: 2013

Diabetes induces pathologic proliferation and angiogenesis in the retina that leads to catastrophic loss of vision. Decursin is a novel therapeutic that targets the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptor (VEGFR) with putative anti-proliferative and anti-angiogenic activities. Thereby we utilized human retinal microvascular endothelial cells (HRMEC) and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) under conditions of excess glucose to explore dose-dependent responses of decursin on markers of migration, angiogenesis, and proliferation. Decursin dose-dependently inhibited tube formation, VEGFR-2 expression, along with relative metabolic activity and 5-bromo-2'-deoxy-uridine (BrdU) activity in both cell lines. We then correlated our findings to the streptozotocin-induced rat model of diabetes. Following three months of decursin treatment VEGFR-2 expression was significantly inhibited. Our data would suggest that decursin may be a potent anti-angiogenic and anti-proliferative agent targeting the VEGFR-2 signaling pathway, which significantly inhibits diabetic retinal neovascularization. © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.


Yang Y.,Yunnan Province 2nd Hospital | Yang Y.,University of Missouri | Andresen B.T.,University of Missouri | Andresen B.T.,Harry uman Medical Center | And 4 more authors.
Experimental Biology and Medicine | Year: 2010

Genetic factors are important in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy (DR); there is a clear association of increased expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) with DR as well as numerous VEGF polymorphisms that are linked to increased VEGF levels and DR. In this study, the relationships between the VEGF promoter polymorphism -634C/G, plasma VEGF levels and DR were examined in the Han Chinese. Ninety-six healthy subjects and 285 subjects with type 2 diabetes were enrolled in this study. The diabetic subjects were divided into three groups depending on the degree of DR as determined by fundus photography and fluorescent angiography. Along with standard clinical characteristics, the -634C/G polymorphism was examined using TaqMan allelic discrimination, and plasma VEGF levels were analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The distribution of the polymorphism differed significantly between patients with and without retinopathy; this was most pronounced between the no DR and proliferative DR groups. Significantly greater plasma VEGF levels were present in those with the -634CC genotype, and only the proliferative DR group had elevated plasma VEGF levels. Logistic regression revealed that the -634C/G polymorphism is strongly associated with DR. This study suggests that diabetic Han Chinese carrying the -634CC VEGF promoter polymorphism have a genetic risk of DR, and this polymorphism may be a major factor influencing plasma VEGF levels. Therefore, this polymorphism may be used as a biomarker at the onset of diabetes in the Han Chinese to predict the risk of DR, allowing for clinicians to treat these patients more aggressively. Copyright © 2010 by the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine.


Yang Y.,Yunnan Province 2nd Hospital | Yang Y.,Harry uman Va Medical Center | Hayden M.R.,University of Missouri | Sowers S.,Diabetes | And 4 more authors.
Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity | Year: 2010

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a significant cause of global blindness; a major cause of blindness in the United States in people aged between 20-74. There is emerging evidence that retinopathy is initiated and propagated by multiple metabolic toxicities associated with excess production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The four traditional metabolic pathways involved in the development of DR include: increased polyol pathway flux, advanced glycation end-product formation, activation of protein kinase Cisoforms and hexosamine pathway flux. These pathways individually and synergisticallycontribute to redox stress with excess ROS resulting in retinal tissue injury resulting in significant microvascular blood retinal barrier remodeling. The toxicity of hyperinsulinemia, hyperglycemia, hypertension, dyslipidemia, increased cytokines and growth factors, in conjunction with redox stress, contribute to the development and progression of DR. Redox stress contributes to the development and progression of abnormalities of endothelial cells and pericytes in DR. This review focuses on the ultrastructural observations of the blood retinal barrier including the relationship between the endothelial cell and pericyte remodeling in young nine week old Zucker obese (fa/ fa) rat model of obesity; cardiometabolic syndrome, and the 20 week old alloxan induced diabetic porcine model. Preventing or delaying the blindness associated with these intersecting abnormal metabolic pathways may be approached through strategies targeted to reduction of tissue inflammation and oxidative - redox stress. Understanding these abnormal metabolic pathways and the accompanying redox stress and remodeling mayprovide both the clinician and researcher a new concept of approaching this complicated disease process. © 2010 Landes Bioscience.


Hayden M.R.,University of Missouri | Hayden M.R.,Yunnan Province 2nd Hospital | Yang Y.,University of Missouri | Yang Y.,Yunnan Province 2nd Hospital | And 5 more authors.
Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity | Year: 2010

The pericyte's role has been extensively studied in retinal tissues of diabetic retinopathy; however, little is known regarding its role in such tissues as the pancreas and skeletal muscle. This supportive microvascular mural cell plays an important and novel role in cellular and extracellular matrix remodeling in the pancreas and skeletal muscle of young rodent models representing the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Transmission electron microscopy can be used to evaluate these tissues from young rodent models of insulin resistance and T2DM, including the transgenic Ren2 rat, db/db obese insulin resistant-T2DM mouse, and human islet amyloid polypeptide (HIP) rat model of T2DM. With this method, the earliest pancreatic remodeling change was widening of the islet exocrine interface and pericyte hypercellularity, followed by pericyte differentiation into islet and pancreatic stellate cells with early fibrosis involving the islet exocrine interface and interlobular interstitium. In skeletal muscle there was a unique endothelial capillary connectivity via elongated longitudinal pericyte processes in addition to pericyte to pericyte and pericyte to myocyte cellcell connections allowing for paracrine communication. Initial pericyte activation due to moderate oxidative stress signaling may be followed by hyperplasia, migration and differentiation into adult mesenchymal cells. Continued robust oxidative stress may induce pericyte apoptosis and impaired cellular longevity. Circulating antipericyte autoantibodies have recently been characterized, and may provide a screening method to detect those patients who are developing pericyte loss and are at greater risk for the development of complications of T2DM due to pericytopathy and rarefaction. Once detected, these patients may be offered more aggressive treatment strategies such as early pharmacotherapy in addition to lifestyle changes targeted to maintaining pericyte integrity. In conclusion, we have provided a review of current knowledge regarding the pericyte and novel ultrastructural findings regarding its role in metabolic syndrome and T2DM.


PubMed | Yunnan Province 2nd Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity | Year: 2011

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a significant cause of global blindness; a major cause of blindness in the United States in people aged between 20-74. There is emerging evidence that retinopathy is initiated and propagated by multiple metabolic toxicities associated with excess production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The four traditional metabolic pathways involved in the development of DR include: increased polyol pathway flux, advanced glycation end-product formation, activation of protein kinase C isoforms, and hexosamine pathway flux. These pathways individually and synergistically contribute to redox stress with excess ROS resulting in retinal tissue injury resulting in significant microvascular blood retinal barrier remodeling. The toxicity of hyperinsulinemia, hyperglycemia, hypertension, dyslipidemia, increased cytokines and growth factors, in conjunction with redox stress, contribute to the development and progression of DR. Redox stress contributes to the development and progression of abnormalities of endothelial cells and pericytes in DR. This review focuses on the ultrastructural observations of the blood retinal barrier including the relationship between the endothelial cell and pericyte remodeling in young nine week old Zucker obese (fa/fa) rat model of obesity; cardiometabolic syndrome, and the 20 week old alloxan induced diabetic porcine model. Preventing or delaying the blindness associated with these intersecting abnormal metabolic pathways may be approached through strategies targeted to reduction of tissue inflammation and oxidative - redox stress. Understanding these abnormal metabolic pathways and the accompanying redox stress and remodeling may provide both the clinician and researcher a new concept of approaching this complicated disease process.


PubMed | Yunnan Province 2nd Hospital
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Experimental biology and medicine (Maywood, N.J.) | Year: 2010

Genetic factors are important in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy (DR); there is a clear association of increased expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) with DR as well as numerous VEGF polymorphisms that are linked to increased VEGF levels and DR. In this study, the relationships between the VEGF promoter polymorphism -634C/G, plasma VEGF levels and DR were examined in the Han Chinese. Ninety-six healthy subjects and 285 subjects with type 2 diabetes were enrolled in this study. The diabetic subjects were divided into three groups depending on the degree of DR as determined by fundus photography and fluorescent angiography. Along with standard clinical characteristics, the -634C/G polymorphism was examined using TaqMan allelic discrimination, and plasma VEGF levels were analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The distribution of the polymorphism differed significantly between patients with and without retinopathy; this was most pronounced between the no DR and proliferative DR groups. Significantly greater plasma VEGF levels were present in those with the -634CC genotype, and only the proliferative DR group had elevated plasma VEGF levels. Logistic regression revealed that the -634C/G polymorphism is strongly associated with DR. This study suggests that diabetic Han Chinese carrying the -634CC VEGF promoter polymorphism have a genetic risk of DR, and this polymorphism may be a major factor influencing plasma VEGF levels. Therefore, this polymorphism may be used as a biomarker at the onset of diabetes in the Han Chinese to predict the risk of DR, allowing for clinicians to treat these patients more aggressively.

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