Jpn. J. Pharmacol. 87 (3), 181-188 (2001)

Adenylate Cyclase / Protein Kinase A Signaling Pathway Enhances Angiogenesis Through Induction of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor In Vivo

Hideki Amano1, Kao Ando1, Satoshi Minamida1, Izumi Hayashi1, Michiko Ogino1, Shohei Yamashina2, Hirokuni Yoshimura3 and Masataka Majima1,*

Departments of 1Pharmacology, 2Anatomy and 3Thoracic Surgery, Kitasato University School of Medicine, Kitasato 1-15-1, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 228-8555, Japan

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Abstract: We previously reported that endogenous prostaglandins (PGs) may increase cAMP facilitated angiogenesis through the induction of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in rat sponge implantation models. In the present experiment, we tested whether or not adenylate cyclase / protein kinase A (AC/PKA)-dependent VEGF induction enhanced angiogenesis in this model. Topical daily injections of 8-bromo-cAMP enhanced angiogenesis in a dose-dependent manner. Forskolin, an activator of AC, also facilitated angiogenesis as did amrinone, an inhibitor of phosphodiesterase. VEGF induction was confirmed by the increased levels in the fluids in the sponge matrix after topical injection of 8-bromo-cAMP. Immunohistochemical investigation further revealed the VEGF-expressed cells in the sponge granulation tissues to be fibroblasts, and the intensity of positive reactions was enhanced by 8-bromo-cAMP, forskolin and amrinone. Angiogenesis without topical injections of the above compounds was suppressed by SQ22,536, an inhibitor for AC, or H-89, an inhibitor for PKA, with concomitant reductions in VEGF levels. Daily topical injections of neutralizing antibody or anti-sense oligonucleotide against VEGF significantly suppressed angiogenesis. PGE2-induced angiogenesis was suppressed with SQ22,536 or H-89. These results suggested that AC/PKA-dependent induction of VEGF certainly enhanced angiogenesis and that pharmacological tools for controlling this signaling pathway may be able to facilitate the management of conditions involving angiogenesis.

Keywords: Angiogenesis, Cyclic AMP, SQ22,536, H-89, Vascular endothelial growth factor

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