Heat shock protein expression in umbilical artery smooth muscle

C. M. Brophy, A. Beall, K. Mannes, S. Lamb, M. Dickinson, D. Woodrum, L. D. DeVoe

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Abstract

Postpartem vasospasm in the umbilical arteries may be due to impaired vasorelaxation secondary to alterations in the expression of heat shock proteins. The contractile responses of pre- and full-term bovine umbilical artery smooth muscles were determined in a muscle bath. Heat shock protein expression was determined in bovine and human arterial tissues using western blotting with specific antisera. Full-term bovine and human umbilical artery smooth muscle was refractory to relaxation induced by the nitric oxide donor, sodium nitroprusside. This impaired vasorelaxation was associated with the expression of the inducible form of the heat shock protein, HSP70i, and increases in the expression of the small heat shock protein, HSP27. Small heat shock proteins have been implicated in modulating contraction and relaxation responses in vascular smooth muscles. Thus, alterations in heat shock protein expression may play a role in umbilical artery vasospasm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-355
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Reproduction and Fertility
Volume114
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1998

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Embryology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Developmental Biology

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Brophy, C. M., Beall, A., Mannes, K., Lamb, S., Dickinson, M., Woodrum, D., & DeVoe, L. D. (1998). Heat shock protein expression in umbilical artery smooth muscle. Journal of Reproduction and Fertility, 114(2), 351-355. https://doi.org/10.1530/jrf.0.1140351