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Sjögren's syndrome pathological neovascularization is regulated by VEGF-A-stimulated TACE-dependent crosstalk between VEGFR2 and NF-κB.
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PMID:  22513453     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We explore the involvement of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α)-converting enzyme (TACE) in vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptor 2 (VEGFR2) (VEGF-A/VEGFR2)-mediated angiogenesis in Sjögren's syndrome (SS), one of the most common autoimmune rheumatic diseases. To test the hypothesis that SS autoantibodies (Abs) regulate VEGF-A/VEGFR2 expression by a TACE-dependent nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) activation pathway, their effects on the expression and activation of the VEGF-A/TACE/VEGFR2/NF-κB pathway were determined in human salivary gland epithelial cells (SGEC). An enhanced angiogenesis in SS salivary gland biopsies was observed, associated with an increased VEGF-A expression and activation of VEGF-A/VEGFR2 signaling. Human cytokine array analysis of the pro-inflammatory and pro-angiogenic protein response in SGEC treated with SS Abs revealed an overexpression of multiple pro-angiogenic factors. TACE RNA knockdown, the use of anti-VEGF-A monoclonal antibody and the inhibition of NF-κB activity significantly abrogated the release of pro-angiogenic factors, demonstrating that VEGF-A/TACE/VEGFR2/NF-κB axis dysfunction may be contributory to pathogenesis and exacerbation of this autoimmune condition.Genes and Immunity advance online publication, 19 April 2012; doi:10.1038/gene.2012.9.
M Sisto; S Lisi; D D Lofrumento; M D'Amore; M A Frassanito; D Ribatti
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-19
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Title:  Genes and immunity     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1476-5470     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
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Created Date:  2012-4-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100953417     Medline TA:  Genes Immun     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Section of Human Anatomy, Laboratory of Cell Biology, University of Bari Medical School, Bari, Italy.
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