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Reduced Ang2 expression in aging endothelial cells
- Hohensinner, P.J., Ebenbauer, B., Kaun, C., Maurer, G., Huber, K., Wojta, J.
- Biochemical and biophysical research communications 2016 v.474 pp. 447-451
- cytokines, endothelial cells, migratory behavior, telomeres, tissue repair
- Aging endothelial cells are characterized by increased cell size, reduced telomere length and increased expression of proinflammatory cytokines. In addition, we describe here that aging reduces the migratory distance of endothelial cells. Furthermore, we observe an increase of the quiescence protein Ang1 and a decrease of the endothelial activation protein Ang2 upon aging. Supplementing Ang2 to aged endothelial cells restored their migratory capacity. We conclude that aging shifts the balance of the Ang1/Ang2 network favouring a quiescent state. Activation of endothelial cells in aging might be necessary to enhance wound healing capacities.