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Articles by G Hou
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  C Franco , K Britto , E Wong , G Hou , S. N Zhu , M Chen , M. I Cybulsky and M. P. Bendeck

Rationale: We described a critical role for the discoidin domain receptor (DDR)1 collagen receptor tyrosine kinase during atherosclerotic plaque development. Systemic deletion of Ddr1 in Ldlr–/– mice accelerated matrix accumulation and reduced plaque size and macrophage content. However, whether these effects reflected an independent role for macrophage DDR1 during atherogenesis remained unresolved.

Methods: In the present study, we performed sex-mismatched bone marrow transplantation using Ddr1+/+;Ldlr–/– and Ddr1–/–;Ldlr–/– mice to investigate the role of macrophage DDR1 during atherogenesis. Chimeric mice with deficiency of DDR1 in bone marrow–derived cells (Ddr1–/–->+/+) or control chimeric mice that received Ddr1+/+;Ldlr–/– marrow (Ddr1+/+->+/+) were fed an atherogenic diet for 12 weeks.

Results: We observed a 66% reduction in atherosclerosis in the descending aorta and a 44% reduction in plaque area in the aortic sinus in Ddr1–/–->+/+ mice compared to Ddr1+/+->+/+ mice. Furthermore, we observed a specific reduction in the number of donor-derived macrophages in Ddr1–/–->+/+ plaques, suggesting that bone marrow deficiency of DDR1 attenuated atherogenesis by limiting macrophage accumulation in the plaque. We have also demonstrated that the effects of DDR1 on macrophage infiltration and accumulation can occur at the earliest stage of atherogenesis, the formation of the fatty streak. Deficiency of DDR1 limited the appearance of 5-bromodeoxyuridine–labeled monocytes/macrophages in the fatty streak and resulted in reduced lesion size in Ldlr–/– mice fed a high fat diet for 2 weeks. In vitro studies to investigate the mechanisms involved revealed that macrophages from Ddr1–/– mice had decreased adhesion to type IV collagen and decreased chemotactic invasion of type IV collagen in response to monocyte chemoattractant protein-1.

Conclusions: Taken together, our data support an independent and critical role for DDR1 in macrophage accumulation at early and late stages of atherogenesis.

  T Wang , G Hou , Y Wang and L. Xue

Although interactions between the nuclear matrix and special regions of chromosomal DNA called matrix attachment regions (MARs) are implicated in various nuclear functions, the understanding of the regulatory mechanism of MARs is still poor. A few MAR-binding proteins (MARBP) have been isolated from some plants and animals, but not from the unicellular algae. Here, we identify a novel MAR-binding protein, namely DMBP-1, from the halotolerant alga Dunaliella salina. The cDNA of DMBP-1 is 2322-bp long and contains a 1626 bp of an open reading frame encoding a polypeptide of 542 amino acids (59 kDa). The DMBP-1 expressed in Escherichia coli specifically binds A/T-rich MAR DNA. The DMBP-1 fused to green fluorescent protein appears only inside the nuclei of Chinese hamster ovarian cells transfected with the pEGFP–MBP, indicating that the protein is located in the nuclei. The findings mentioned above may contribute to better understanding of the nuclear matrix–MAR interactions.

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