Recent studies have revealed the role of the pRb family members pRb and p130 in the response to vascular injury. We evaluated the arterial injury response in the absence of p107, a protein that shares a high degree of homology with the injury-controlling p130. Carotid artery ligation and perivascular electric injury of the femoral artery were applied to p107 knockout (p107 -/-) mice, and morphometric analysis was performed 3 wk after ligation and electric injury. Arterial vessels of p107 -/- mice were indistinguishable from controls under basal conditions. After carotid artery ligation the p107 -/- mice (n = 7) did not display an enhanced ligation response compared with controls (n = 9), which was studied over a distance of ∼450 μm proximal and ∼200 μm distal from the ligation site, with regard to vessel wall area, neointima area, and lumen area. Corresponding with this, morphometric data obtained from the perivascular electric injury of the femoral artery confirmed the lack of enhanced ligation and injury response in the absence of p107. We conclude that the pRb family member p107 is not a key regulator in vascular injury response. These data, in conjunction with previously reported results, indicate that the control of vascular injury response is not a redundant feature of pRb proteins but primarily specific for p130. Further studies on functional domains of p130 and p107 will help to resolve the pathways in vascular injury response.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology|
|Issue number||2 54-2|
|State||Published - Aug 1 2003|
- PRb family
- Smooth muscle
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