• Development of strategies for vascular damage repair in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Cantoni, Silvia <1974>


  • MED/22 Chirurgia vascolare


  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive and rare disease with so far unclear pathogenesis, limited treatment options and poor prognosis. Unbalance of proliferation and migration in pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) is an important hallmark of PAH. In this research Sodium butyrate (BU) has been evaluated in vitro and in vivo models of PAH. This histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) counteracted platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-induced ki67 expression in PASMCs, and arrested cell cycle mainly at G0/G1 phases. Furthermore, BU reduced the transcription of PDGFRbeta, and that of Ednra and Ednrb, two major receptors in PAH progression. Wound healing and pulmonary artery ring assays indicated that BU inhibited PDGF-induced PASMC migration. BU strongly inhibited PDGF-induced Akt phosphorylation, an effect reversed by the phosphatase inhibitor calyculinA. In vivo, BU showed efficacy in monocrotaline-induced PAH in rats. Indeed, the HDACi reduced both thickness of distal pulmonary arteries and right ventricular hypertrophy. Besides these studies, Serial Analysis of Gene Expression (SAGE) has be used to obtain complete transcriptional profiles of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) isolated from PAH and Healthy subjects. SAGE allows quantitative analysis of thousands transcripts, relying on the principle that a short oligonucleotide (tag) can uniquely identify mRNA transcripts. Tag frequency reflects transcript abundance. We enrolled patients naïve for a specific PAH therapy (4 IPAH non-responder, 3 IPAH responder, 6 HeritablePAH), and 8 healthy subjects. Comparative analysis revealed that significant differential expression was only restricted to a hundred of down- or up-regulated genes. Interestingly, these genes can be clustered into functional networks, sharing a number of crucial features in cellular homeostasis and signaling. SAGE can provide affordable analysis of genes amenable for molecular dissection of PAH using PBMCs as a sentinel, surrogate tissue. Altogether, these findings may disclose novel perspectives in the use of HDACi in PAH and potential biomarkers.


  • 2013-04-16


  • Doctoral Thesis
  • PeerReviewed


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Cantoni, Silvia (2013) Development of strategies for vascular damage repair in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension , [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Scienze chirurgiche: progetto n. 1 "Metodologie di ricerca nelle malattie vascolari" , 25 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/5799.