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Plasmid-based short hairpin RNA against connective tissue growth factor attenuated monocrotaline-induced pulmonary vascular remodeling in rats.
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PMID:  25077774     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Pulmonary hypertension is a life-threatening medical condition, and a growing body of evidence shows that the expression of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is significantly associated with its pathogenesis, making it an attractive therapeutic target. Our earlier work revealed that plasmid-based CTGF-specific short hairpin RNA (shRNA) could attenuate pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell (PASMC) proliferation and pulmonary vascular remodeling in rats exposed to cigarette smoke. In this study, we explored the therapeutic role of this shRNA plasmid in the treatment of monocrotaline-induced pulmonary vascular remodeling in rats, and demonstrated that the upregulation of CTGF in PASMCs following a single injection of monocrotaline could be attenuated by administration of the shRNA. Accordingly, this shRNA was found to repress monocrotaline-induced pulmonary vascular remodeling, as evidenced by its ability to reduce the percentage of muscularized vessels and the wall thickness of pulmonary vessels. We concluded that plasmid-based shRNA against CTGF attenuated pulmonary vascular remodeling in monocrotaline-treated rats. CTGF might be a potential target for the treatment of pulmonary vascular remodeling and pulmonary hypertension.Gene Therapy advance online publication, 31 July 2014; doi:10.1038/gt.2014.62.
R Wang; S-J Zhou; D-X Zeng; R Xu; L-M Fei; Q-Q Zhu; Y Zhang; G-Y Sun
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-7-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gene therapy     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-5462     ISO Abbreviation:  Gene Ther.     Publication Date:  2014 Jul 
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Created Date:  2014-7-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9421525     Medline TA:  Gene Ther     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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