Dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase activity modulates ADMA levels, VEGF expression, and cell phenotype

Smith, Caroline L., Birdsey, Graeme M., Anthony, Shelagh, Arrigoni, Francesca I., Leiper, James M. and Vallance, Patrick (2003) Dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase activity modulates ADMA levels, VEGF expression, and cell phenotype. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 308(4), pp. 984-989. ISSN (print) 0006-291X

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Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) is an endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase and is metabolised by dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase (DDAH). Elevated levels of circulating ADMA correlate with various cardiovascular pathologies less is known about the cellular effects of altered DDAH activity. We modified DDAH activity in cells and measured the changes in ADMA levels, morphological phenotypes on Matrigel, and expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). DDAH over-expressing ECV304 cells secreted less ADMA and when grown on Matrigel had enhanced tube formation compared to untransfected cells. VEGF mRNA levels were 2.1-fold higher in both ECV304 and murine endothelial cells (sEnd.1) over-expressing DDAH. In addition the DDAH inhibitor, S-2-amino-4(3-methylguanidino)butanoic acid (4124W 1 mM), markedly reduced human umbilical vein endothelial cell tube formation in vitro. We have found that upregulating DDAH activity lowers ADMA levels, increases the levels of VEGF mRNA in endothelial cells, and enhances tube formation in an in vitro model, whilst blockade of DDAH reduces tube formation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: angiogenesis, endothelial function, nitric oxide, gene expression, endogenous nitric oxide synthase inhibitors
Research Area: Allied health professions and studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science (until 2011) > School of Pharmacy and Chemistry
Depositing User: Katrina Clifford
Date Deposited: 22 May 2008
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2009 15:43
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0006-291X(03)01507-9
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/2900

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