Abstract Title:

Low molecular weight fucoidan prevents intimal hyperplasia in rat injured thoracic aorta through the modulation of matrix metalloproteinase-2 expression.

Abstract Source:

Biochem Pharmacol. 2011 Jan 15 ;81(2):233-43. Epub 2010 Sep 29. PMID: 20887714

Abstract Author(s):

Hanna Hlawaty, Nadine Suffee, Angela Sutton, Olivier Oudar, Oualid Haddad, Veronique Ollivier, Christelle Laguillier-Morizot, Liliane Gattegno, Didier Letourneur, Nathalie Charnaux

Article Affiliation:

INSERM U698, Bio-ingénierie Cardiovasculaire, Université Paris 13, France.


The therapeutic potential of low molecular-weight fucoidan (LMWF), a sulfated polysaccharide extracted from brown seaweed was investigated on vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) and human vascular endothelial cell (HUV-EC-C) proliferation and migration in vitro and in a rat model of intimal hyperplasia. Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to balloon injury in the thoracic aorta followed by two weeks' treatment with either LMWF (5mg/kg/day) or vehicle. Morphological analysis and proliferating cell nuclear antigen immunostaining at day 14 indicated that LMWF prevented intimal hyperplasia in rat thoracic aorta as compared with vehicle (neo-intima area, 3±0.50mm(2) versus 5±0.30mm(2), P<0.01). In situ zymography showed that LMWF significantly decreased the activity of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 in the neo-intima compared to vehicle. The in vitro study demonstrated that 10μg/ml LMWF increased HUV-EC-C migration by 45±5% but reduced VSMC migration by 40±3%. LMWF also increased MMP-2 mRNA expression in HUV-EC-Cs and reduced it in VSMCs. MMP-2 level in the conditioned medium from cells incubated with 10μg/ml LMWF was 5.4-fold higher in HUV-EC-Cs, but 6-fold lower inVSMCs than in untreated control cells. Furthermore, decreasing MMP-2 expression in HUV-EC-Cs or VSMCs by RNA interference resulted in reduced LMWF-induced effects on cell migration. In conclusion, LMWF increased HUV-EC-C migration and decreased VSMC migration in vitro. In vivo, this natural compound reduced the intimal hyperplasia in the rat aortic wall after balloon injury. Therefore, LMWF could be of interest for the prevention of intimal hyperplasia.

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