Berberine-Promoted CXCR4 Expression Accelerates Endothelial Repair Capacity of Early Endothelial Progenitor Cells in Persons with Prehypertension

AbstractObjectiveTo evaluate whether the berberine treatment can improve endothelial repair capacity of early endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) from prehypertensive subjects through increasing CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) signaling.MethodsEPCs were isolated from prehypertensive and healthy subjects and cultured.In vivo reendothelialization capacity of EPCs from prehypertensive patients with or withoutin vitro berberine treatment was examined in a nude mouse model of carotid artery injury. The protein expressions of CXCR4/Janus kinase-2 (JAK-2) signaling ofin vitro EPCs were detected by Western blot analysis.ResultsCXCR4 signaling and alteration in migration and adhesion functions of EPCs were evaluated. Basal CXCR4 expression was significantly reduced in EPCs from prehypertensive patients compared with normal subjects (P
Source: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research

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