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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Reciprocal regulation of angiopoietin-1 and angiopoietin-2 following myocardial infarction in the rat.

OBJECTIVE: This study sought to characterize changes in the angiopoietin system in a rat model of myocardial infarction (MI). BACKGROUND: Angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) and angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) bind to the endothelial-specific receptor tyrosine kinase, TIE-2. Ang-2 has been suggested to be an antagonist of TIE-2, possibly acting to release endothelial cells from the tonic stabilizing influence of Ang-1. However, on prolonged exposure, Ang-2 has been shown to acquire agonistic activity at TIE-2, raising the possibility that this isoform may play a direct role in neovascularization. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to left coronary ligation and myocardial tissues were harvested from the infarct and peri-infarct regions, or from non-infarcted myocardium. Changes in gene expression were determined by RT-PCR and confirmed by Northern analysis. Changes in protein expression were confirmed by Western analysis and immunocytochemistry, and TIE-2 activity was determined by immunoprecipitation with anti-TIE-2 and antiphosphotyrosine immunoblotting. RESULTS: At 24 h, Ang-1 mRNA and protein expression within the infarct and peri-infarct regions were decreased compared to non-infarcted myocardium, whereas Ang-2 mRNA levels were markedly increased and TIE-2 expression was unchanged. Immunohistochemical staining revealed Ang-1 and TIE-2 immunoreactivity localized to vascular endothelium. In the infarct territory, Ang-2 immunostaining was localized primarily to invading leukocytes at 24 h. At 1 week, Ang-1 expression was partially restored, whereas Ang-2 expression remained elevated. At the time of peak elevation in Ang-2, Tie2 phosphorylation was found to be markedly increased, consistent with receptor activation. CONCLUSIONS: Thus, myocardial ischemia induced by left coronary artery ligation resulted in a sustained increase in Ang-2 expression and a reciprocal decrease in Ang-1, consistent with a predominant role for Ang-2 in the angiogenic response to MI.[1]


  1. Reciprocal regulation of angiopoietin-1 and angiopoietin-2 following myocardial infarction in the rat. Sandhu, R., Teichert-Kuliszewska, K., Nag, S., Proteau, G., Robb, M.J., Campbell, A.I., Kuliszewski, M.A., Kutryk, M.J., Stewart, D.J. Cardiovasc. Res. (2004) [Pubmed]
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