PPARγ activation induces CD36 expression and stimulates foam cell like changes in rVSMCs

Hyun Joung Lim, Seahyoung Lee, Kuy Sook Lee, Jin Hee Park, Yangsoo Jang, Eun Jig Lee, Hyun Young Park

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The purpose of the present study was to determine the role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) activation in smooth muscle cell (SMC) derived form cell formation. Wild and mutant type PPARγ were delivered by adenovirus then activated with troglitazone. The result of Oil Red O staining and FACS analysis showed that PPARγ activation induced lipid accumulation in rVSMCs. Furthermore, PPARγ activation reduced SMC marker genes such as α-actin while induced adipocyte differentiation marker genes and lipid metabolism-related genes as evidenced by RT-PCR and fluorescent immunocytochemistry. All these data demonstrate that PPARγ activation can drive foam cell like change in rVSMCs. Our results strongly suggest that PPARγ expression induces CD36 expression and adipocyte differentiation gene activation in the process of atherosclerosis and might be one of the crucial events in SMC derived foam cell formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-174
Number of pages10
JournalProstaglandins and Other Lipid Mediators
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Sep

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by a grant of Korean Health 2001 R&D projects, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea (00-PJ3-PG6-GN01-0001) and the Korea National Institute of Health intramural research grant 348-6111-211-207. Seahyoung Lee was supported by the Brain Korea 21 Project of Yonsei University.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cell Biology


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