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Relaxin increases human endothelial progenitor cell NO and migration and vasculogenesis in mice

Segal, Mark S; Sautina, Laura; Li, Shiyu; Diao, YanPeng; Agoulnik, Alexander I; Kielczewski, Jennifer; McGuane, Jonathan T; Grant, Maria B; Conrad, Kirk P

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The ovarian peptide hormone, relaxin, circulates during pregnancy, contributing to profound maternal vasodilation through endothelial and nitric oxide (NO)-dependent mechanisms. Circulating numbers of bone marrow-derived endothelial cells (BMDECs), which facilitate angiogenesis and contribute to repair of vascular endothelium, increase during pregnancy. Thus, we hypothesized that relaxin enhances BMDEC NO production, circulating numbers, and function. Recombinant human relaxin-2 (rhRLX)...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012-01-12
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/100222
Source: Blood
DOI: 10.1182/blood-2011-04-346007

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