G Protein Signaling and Vein Graft Intimal Hyperplasia: Reduction of Intimal Hyperplasia in Vein Grafts by a Gbg Inhibitor
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Abstract—Vein grafting results in the development of intimal hyperplasia with accompanying changes in guanine nucleotide–binding (G) protein expression and function. Several serum mitogens that act through G protein–coupled receptors, such as lysophosphatidic acid, stimulate proliferative pathways that are dependent on the G protein βγ subunit (Gβγ)–mediated activation of p21ras. This study examines the role of Gβγ signaling in intimal hyperplasia by targeting a gene encoding a specific Gβγ inhibitor in an experimental rabbit vein graft model. This inhibitor, the carboxyl terminus of the β-adrenergic receptor kinase (βARKCT), contains a Gβγ-binding domain. Vein graft intimal hyperplasia was significantly reduced by 37% (P<0.01), and physiological studies demonstrated that the normal alterations in G protein coupling phenotypically seen in this model were blocked by βARKCT treatment. Thus, it appears that Gβγ-mediated pathways play a major role in intimal hyperplasia and that targeting inhibitors of Gβγ signaling offers novel intraoperative therapeutic modalities to inhibit the development of vein graft intimal hyperplasia and subsequent vein graft failure.
carboxyl terminus of β-adrenergic receptor kinase
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1161/01.ATV.18.8.1275
CitationDavies, M. G., T. T. T. Huynh, et al. (1998). "G Protein Signaling and Vein Graft Intimal Hyperplasia." Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 18(8): 1275-1280.
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James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Dr. Lefkowitz’s memoir, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm, recounts his early career as a cardiologist and his transition to biochemistry, which led to his Nobel Prize win. Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D. is James B. Duke Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry at the Duke University Medical Center. He has been an Investigator of the