Regulatory role of mechanical stress response in cellular function: Development of new drugs and tissue engineering

Kazutaka Momose, Takehisa Matsuda, Masahiro Oike, Kazuo Obara, Ismail Laher, Seiryo Sugiura, Hisayuki Ohata, Koichi Nakayama

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The investigation of mechanotransduction in the cardiovascular system is essentially important for elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in not only the maintenance of hemodynamic homeostasis but also etiology of cardiovascular diseases including arteriosclerosis. The present review summarizes the latest research performed by six academic groups, and presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Pharmacological Society. Technology of cellular biomechanics is also required for research and clinical application of a vascular hybrid tissue responding to pulsatile stress. 1) Vascular tissue engineering: Design of pulsatile stress-responsive scaffold and in vivo vascular wall reconstruction (T. Matsuda); 2) Cellular mechanisms of mechanosensitive calcium transients in vascular endothelium (M. Oike et al.); 3) Cross-talk of stimulation with fluid flow and lysophosphatidic acid in vascular endothelial cells (K. Momose et al.); 4) Mechanotransduction of vascular smooth muscles: Rate-dependent stretch-induced protein phosphorylations and contractile activation (K. Obara et al.); 5) Lipid mediators in vascular myogenic tone (I. Laher et al.); and 6) Caldiomyocyte regulates its mechanical output in response to mechanical load (S. Sugiura et al.).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalFolia Pharmacologica Japonica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology


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