SFB / Transregio 23
"Vascular Differentiation and Remodeling"

Mannheim - Heidelberg - Frankfurt

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Korff

University of Heidelberg
Institute of Physiology and
Im Neuenheimer Feld 326

D-69120 Heidelberg

Phone: 0049 (0)6221 54 4131

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C5: Regulation of the smooth muscle cell phenotype switch during remodeling processes of arteries and veins
As shown by our previous results, biomechanical stretch is sufficient to control the switch from the contractile to the synthetic smooth muscle cell (SMC) phenotype which is a prerequisite for venous and arterial remodeling processes. With RGS5, NFAT-5 and AP-1, we identified a G-protein signalingregulating protein and two transcription factors that control specific properties of contractile/synthetic SMCs exposed to an increase in wall stress (WS) or stretch. This proposal is thus aimed at investigating the functional properties and mechanisms regulating the activity of these molecules in venous and arterial SMCs during chronic and acute vascular diseases.

Summary of stretch-mediated changes in the SMC phenotype which contribute to the development
of arteriosclerosis, arteriogenesis, varicosis and hypertension-induced remodelling.


Last update: July 2014