One of the biological effects of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy in enhancing ischemia-related wound healing is the induction of angiogenesis. To elucidate the mechanism(s) underlying the HBO-induced angiogenesis, we studied the expression of several angiogenesis-related genes in human umbilical vein endothelial cells exposed to HBO. Western blot analyses showed that HBO enhanced the expression of angiopoietin-2 (Ang2) with no effect on the expression of Tie2, angiopoietin-1, and VEGF. The induction of Ang2 was further confirmed by immunohistochemistry, quantitative PCR, and Northern blot analyses. Inhibition of endothelial nitric oxide synthase blocked the HBO-induced Ang2 expression, but failed to block hypoxia-induced Ang2 expression. These data indicated that HBO-induced Ang2 expression may be through transcriptional stimulation, and requires the nitric oxide signaling pathway, which may play an important role in HBO-induced angiogenesis.
|頁（從 - 到）||710-715|
|期刊||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|出版狀態||已發佈 - 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology