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Life Sci ; 259: 118377, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32898526

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The endothelium is the innermost vascular lining performing significant roles all over the human body while maintaining the blood pressure at physiological levels. Malfunction of endothelium is thus recognized as a biomarker linked with many vascular diseases including but not limited to atherosclerosis, hypertension and thrombosis. Alternatively, prevention of endothelial malfunctioning or regulating the functions of its associated physiological partners like endothelial nitric oxide synthase can prevent the associated vascular disorders which account for the highest death toll worldwide. While many anti-hypertensive drugs are available commercially, a comprehensive description of the key physiological roles of the endothelium and its regulation by endothelial nitric oxide synthase or vice versa is the need of the hour to understand its contribution in vascular homeostasis. This, in turn, will help in designing new therapeutics targeting endothelial nitric oxide synthase or its interacting partners present in the cellular pool. This review describes the central role of vascular endothelium in the regulation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase while outlining the emerging drug targets present in the vasculature with potential to treat vascular disorders including hypertension.


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Pressão Sanguínea/fisiologia , Endotélio Vascular/fisiologia , Coração/fisiologia , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Animais , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Humanos
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Trials ; 21(1): 746, 2020 Aug 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32847626

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OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of continuous infusion of the potential endothelial cytoprotective agent prostacyclin (Iloprost) 1 ng/kg/min vs. placebo for 72 hours on pulmonary endotheliopathy in mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients. TRIAL DESIGN: A multicenter, randomized (1:1, active: placebo), blinded, parallel group exploratory trial PARTICIPANTS: Inclusion criteria are: Adult patients (>18 years); Confirmed COVID-19 infection; Need for mechanical interventions; Endothelial biomarker soluble thrombomodulin >4ng/ml. EXCLUSION CRITERIA: Withdrawal from active therapy; Pregnancy (non-pregnancy confirmed by patient being postmenopausal (age 60 or above) or having a negative urine- or plasma-hCG); Known hypersensitivity to iloprost or to any of the other ingredients; Previously included in this trial or a prostacyclin trial within 30 days; Consent cannot be obtained; Life-threatening bleeding defined by the treating physician; Known severe heart failure (NYHA class IV); Suspected acute coronary syndrome The study is conducted at five intensive care units in the Capital Region of Denmark at Rigshospitalet, Herlev Hospital, Hvidovre Hospital, Bispebjerg Hospital, Nordsjællands Hospital. INTERVENTION AND COMPARATOR: The patients are randomized to 72-hours continuous infusion of either prostacyclin (Iloprost/Ilomedin) at a dose of 1 ng/kg/min or Placebo (normal saline). MAIN OUTCOMES: Primary endpoint: Days alive without mechanical ventilation in the intensive care units within 28 days RANDOMISATION: The randomisation sequence is performed in permuted blocks of variable sizes stratified for trial site using centralised, concealed allocation. The randomisation sequence is generated 1:1 (active/placebo) using the online randomisation software 'Sealed Envelope' ( https://www.sealedenvelope.com/ ). Once generated the randomisation sequence is formatted and uploaded into Research Electronic Data Capture system (REDCap) to facilitate centralised, web-based allocation according to local written instruction. BLINDING (MASKING): The following are blinded: all clinicians, patients, investigators, and those assessing the outcomes including the statisticians. NUMBERS TO BE RANDOMISED (SAMPLE SIZE): Forty patients are planned to be randomized to each group, with a total sample size of 80 patients. TRIAL STATUS: Protocol version 1.4 dated May 25, 2020. Recruitment is ongoing. The recruitment was started June 15, 2020 and the anticipated finish of recruitment is February 28, 2021 with 90 days follow up hereafter. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Trial registration at clinicaltrialregisters.eu; EudraCT no. 2020-001296-33 on 3 April 2020 and at ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04420741 on 9 June 2020 FULL PROTOCOL: The full protocol is attached as an additional file, accessible from the Trials website (Additional file 1).In the interest in expediting dissemination of this material, the familiar formatting has been eliminated; this Letter serves as a summary of the key elements of the full protocol.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Iloprosta/uso terapêutico , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Respiração Artificial , Vasodilatadores/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus , Infecções por Coronavirus/sangue , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Dinamarca , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/fisiopatologia , Humanos , Infusões Intravenosas , Unidades de Terapia Intensiva , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/sangue , Trombomodulina/metabolismo
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ACS Chem Neurosci ; 11(15): 2159-2162, 2020 08 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32786343

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Immune system and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system dysregulation with associated cytokine release syndrome may be a key feature of early stage of SARS-CoV-2 organotropism and infection. Following viral mediated brain injury, dysregulated neurochemical activity may cause neurogenic stress cardiomyopathy, which is characterized by transient myocardial dysfunction and arrhythmias. Cardiomyopathy along with acute acute inflammatory thromboembolism and endotheliitis (fragile endothelium) might at least partially explain the underlying mechanisms of rapidly evolving life-threatening COVID-19. Further studies are clearly required to explore these complex pathologies.


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Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Química Encefálica/fisiologia , Encéfalo/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/metabolismo , Animais , Encéfalo/imunologia , Encéfalo/patologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Endotélio Vascular/imunologia , Endotélio Vascular/patologia , Humanos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Sistema Renina-Angiotensina/fisiologia
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Biomolecules ; 10(9)2020 08 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32825713

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Caveolae are flask-shaped invaginations of the plasma membrane found in numerous cell types and are particularly abundant in endothelial cells and adipocytes. The lipid composition of caveolae largely matches that of lipid rafts microdomains that are particularly enriched in cholesterol, sphingomyelin, glycosphingolipids, and saturated fatty acids. Unlike lipid rafts, whose existence remains quite elusive in living cells, caveolae can be clearly distinguished by electron microscope. Despite their similar composition and the sharing of some functions, lipid rafts appear more heterogeneous in terms of size and are more dynamic than caveolae. Following the discovery of caveolin-1, the first molecular marker as well as the unique scaffolding protein of caveolae, we have witnessed a remarkable increase in studies aimed at investigating the role of these organelles in cell functions and human disease. The goal of this review is to discuss the most recent studies related to the role of caveolae and caveolins in endothelial cells. We first recapitulate the major embryological processes leading to the formation of the vascular tree. We next discuss the contribution of caveolins and cavins to membrane biogenesis and cell response to extracellular stimuli. We also address how caveolae and caveolins control endothelial cell metabolism, a central mechanism involved in migration proliferation and angiogenesis. Finally, as regards the emergency caused by COVID-19, we propose to study the caveolar platform as a potential target to block virus entry into endothelial cells.


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Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Cavéolas/metabolismo , Endocitose , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Internalização do Vírus , Animais , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Caveolinas/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/virologia , Humanos
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1265: 39-56, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32761569

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Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of global mortality and disability. Abundant evidence indicates that amino acids play a fundamental role in cardiovascular physiology and pathology. Decades of research established the importance of L-arginine in promoting vascular health through the generation of the gas nitric oxide. More recently, L-glutamine, L-tryptophan, and L-cysteine have also been shown to modulate vascular function via the formation of a myriad of metabolites, including a number of gases (ammonia, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and sulfur dioxide). These amino acids and their metabolites preserve vascular homeostasis by regulating critical cellular processes including proliferation, migration, differentiation, apoptosis, contractility, and senescence. Furthermore, they exert potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in the circulation, and block the accumulation of lipids within the arterial wall. They also mitigate known risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity, and diabetes. However, in some instances, the metabolism of these amino acids through discrete pathways yields compounds that fosters vascular disease. While supplementation with amino acid monotherapy targeting the deficiency has ameliorated arterial disease in many animal models, this approach has been less successful in the clinic. A more robust approach combining amino acid supplementation with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, and/or specific amino acid enzymatic pathway inhibitors may prove more successful. Alternatively, supplementation with amino acid-derived metabolites rather than the parent molecule may elicit beneficial effects while bypassing potentially harmful pathways of metabolism. Finally, there is an emerging recognition that circulating levels of multiple amino acids are perturbed in vascular disease and that a more holistic approach that targets all these amino acid derangements is required to restore circulatory function in diseased blood vessels.


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Aminoácidos/metabolismo , Sistema Cardiovascular/metabolismo , Saúde , Animais , Doenças Cardiovasculares/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Humanos , Doenças Metabólicas/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico/metabolismo
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EBioMedicine ; 58: 102925, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32745993

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BACKGROUND: Coronavirus induced disease 2019 (COVID-19) can be complicated by severe organ damage leading to dysfunction of the lungs and other organs. The processes that trigger organ damage in COVID-19 are incompletely understood. METHODS: Samples were donated from hospitalized patients. Sera, plasma, and autopsy-derived tissue sections were examined employing flow cytometry, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, and immunohistochemistry. PATIENT FINDINGS: Here, we show that severe COVID-19 is characterized by a highly pronounced formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) inside the micro-vessels. Intravascular aggregation of NETs leads to rapid occlusion of the affected vessels, disturbed microcirculation, and organ damage. In severe COVID-19, neutrophil granulocytes are strongly activated and adopt a so-called low-density phenotype, prone to spontaneously form NETs. In accordance, markers indicating NET turnover are consistently increased in COVID-19 and linked to disease severity. Histopathology of the lungs and other organs from COVID-19 patients showed congestions of numerous micro-vessels by aggregated NETs associated with endothelial damage. INTERPRETATION: These data suggest that organ dysfunction in severe COVID-19 is associated with excessive NET formation and vascular damage. FUNDING: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), EU, Volkswagen-Stiftung.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Armadilhas Extracelulares/metabolismo , Microvasos/patologia , Neutrófilos/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Trombose/metabolismo , Células Cultivadas , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Infecções por Coronavirus/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/patologia , Humanos , Microvasos/metabolismo , Neutrófilos/patologia , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Pneumonia Viral/metabolismo , Trombose/etiologia , Trombose/patologia
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High Blood Press Cardiovasc Prev ; 27(5): 363-371, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32740853

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Epigenetic processing takes centre stage in cardiometabolic diseases (obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, hypertension), where it participates in adiposity, inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, vascular insulin resistance and atherosclerosis. Epigenetic modifications, defined as heritable changes in gene expression that do not entail mutation in the DNA sequence, are mainly induced by environmental stimuli (stress, pollution, cigarette smoking) and are gaining considerable interest due to their causal role in cardiovascular disease, and their amenability to pharmacological intervention. Importantly, epigenetic modifications acquired during life can be transmitted to the offspring and exert their biological effects across multiple generations. Indeed, such transgenerational transmission of epigenetic signals may contribute to anticipating cardiovascular and metabolic disease phenotypes already in children and young adults. A deeper understanding of environmental factors and their effects on the epigenetic machinery and transcriptional programs is warranted to develop effective mechanism-based therapeutic strategies. The clinical application of epigenetic drugs-also known as "epi-drugs"-is currently exploding in the field of cardiovascular disease. The present review describes the main epigenetic networks underlying cardiometabolic alterations and sheds light on specific points of intervention for pharmacological reprogramming in this setting.


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Doenças Cardiovasculares/genética , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Epigênese Genética , Síndrome Metabólica/genética , Animais , Fármacos Cardiovasculares/uso terapêutico , Doenças Cardiovasculares/epidemiologia , Doenças Cardiovasculares/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/efeitos dos fármacos , Endotélio Vascular/fisiopatologia , Epigênese Genética/efeitos dos fármacos , Interação Gene-Ambiente , Humanos , Síndrome Metabólica/tratamento farmacológico , Síndrome Metabólica/epidemiologia , Síndrome Metabólica/metabolismo , Fatores de Risco , Transdução de Sinais
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Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol ; 40(9): 2293-2309, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32757648

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OBJECTIVE: Extracellular vesicles (EVs) have the potential to act as intercellular communicators. The aims were to characterize circulating EVs in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and to explore whether these EVs contribute to endothelial activation and angiogenesis. Approach and Results: Patients with PAH (n=70) and healthy controls (HC; n=20) were included in this cross-sectional study. EVs were characterized and human pulmonary endothelial cells (hPAECs) were incubated with purified EVs. Endothelial cell activity and proangiogenic markers were analyzed. Tube formation analysis was performed for hPAECs, and the involvement of PSGL-1 (P-selectin glycoprotein ligand 1) was evaluated. The numbers of CD62P+, CD144+, and CD235a EVs were higher in blood from PAH compared with HC. Thirteen proteins were differently expressed in PAH and HC EVs, where complement fragment C1q was the most significantly elevated protein (P=0.0009) in PAH EVs. Upon EVs-internalization in hPAECs, more PAH compared with HC EVs evaded lysosomes (P<0.01). As oppose to HC, PAH EVs stimulated hPAEC activation and induced transcription and translation of VEGF-A (vascular endothelial growth factor A; P<0.05) and FGF (fibroblast growth factor; P<0.005) which were released in the cell supernatant. These proangiogenic proteins were higher in patient with PAH plasma compered with HC. PAH EVs induced a complex network of angiotubes in vitro, which was abolished by inhibitory PSGL-1antibody. Anti-PSGL-1 also inhibited EV-induced endothelial cell activation and PAH EV dependent increase of VEGF-A. CONCLUSIONS: Patients with PAH have higher levels of EVs harboring increased amounts of angiogenic proteins, which induce activation of hPAECs and in vitro angiogenesis. These effects were partly because of platelet-derived EVs evasion of lysosomes upon internalization within hPAEC and through possible involvement of P-selectin-PSGL-1 pathway.


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Células Endoteliais/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Vesículas Extracelulares/metabolismo , Neovascularização Fisiológica , Hipertensão Arterial Pulmonar/metabolismo , Artéria Pulmonar/metabolismo , Idoso , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Células Cultivadas , Estudos Transversais , Células Endoteliais/ultraestrutura , Endotélio Vascular/fisiopatologia , Endotélio Vascular/ultraestrutura , Vesículas Extracelulares/ultraestrutura , Feminino , Fator 2 de Crescimento de Fibroblastos/metabolismo , Humanos , Molécula 1 de Adesão Intercelular/metabolismo , Masculino , Glicoproteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Selectina-P/metabolismo , Hipertensão Arterial Pulmonar/patologia , Hipertensão Arterial Pulmonar/fisiopatologia , Artéria Pulmonar/fisiopatologia , Artéria Pulmonar/ultraestrutura , Transdução de Sinais , Fator A de Crescimento do Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Receptor 1 de Fatores de Crescimento do Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(34): 20378-20389, 2020 08 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32764146

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The phosphoinositide, phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2), has long been established as a major contributor to intracellular signaling, primarily by virtue of its role as a substrate for phospholipase C (PLC). Signaling by Gq-protein-coupled receptors triggers PLC-mediated hydrolysis of PIP2 into inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate and diacylglycerol, which are well known to modulate vascular ion channel activity. Often overlooked, however, is the role PIP2 itself plays in this regulation. Although numerous reports have demonstrated that PIP2 is critical for ion channel regulation, how it impacts vascular function has received scant attention. In this review, we focus on PIP2 as a regulator of ion channels in smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells-the two major classes of vascular cells. We further address the concerted effects of such regulation on vascular function and blood flow control. We close with a consideration of current knowledge regarding disruption of PIP2 regulation of vascular ion channels in disease.


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Células Endoteliais/metabolismo , Canais Iônicos/metabolismo , Miócitos de Músculo Liso/metabolismo , Fosfatidilinositol 4,5-Difosfato/metabolismo , Animais , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Humanos , Músculo Liso Vascular/metabolismo , Doenças Vasculares/metabolismo
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Ther Adv Cardiovasc Dis ; 14: 1753944720934937, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32611276

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Ivabradine is a pure heart-rate lowering drug that is nowadays used, accordingly to the last ESC Guidelines, to reduce mortality and heart failure (HF) hospitalization in patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction and in symptomatic patiens with inappropriate sinus tachycardia. Moreover, interesting effect of ivabradine on endothelial and myocardial function and on oxidative stress and inflamation pathways are progressively emerging. The aim of this paper is to highlight newer evidences about ivabradine effect (and consequently possible future application of the drug) in pathological settings different from guidelines-based clinical practice.


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Fármacos Cardiovasculares/uso terapêutico , Doenças Cardiovasculares/tratamento farmacológico , Endotélio Vascular/efeitos dos fármacos , Ivabradina/uso terapêutico , Animais , Função Atrial/efeitos dos fármacos , Fármacos Cardiovasculares/efeitos adversos , Doenças Cardiovasculares/metabolismo , Doenças Cardiovasculares/fisiopatologia , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/fisiopatologia , Hemodinâmica/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Mediadores da Inflamação/metabolismo , Ivabradina/efeitos adversos , Miócitos Cardíacos/efeitos dos fármacos , Miócitos Cardíacos/metabolismo , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Função Ventricular/efeitos dos fármacos
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Lancet Haematol ; 7(8): e575-e582, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32619411

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BACKGROUND: An important feature of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 pathogenesis is COVID-19-associated coagulopathy, characterised by increased thrombotic and microvascular complications. Previous studies have suggested a role for endothelial cell injury in COVID-19-associated coagulopathy. To determine whether endotheliopathy is involved in COVID-19-associated coagulopathy pathogenesis, we assessed markers of endothelial cell and platelet activation in critically and non-critically ill patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19. METHODS: In this single-centre cross-sectional study, hospitalised adult (≥18 years) patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 were identified in the medical intensive care unit (ICU) or a specialised non-ICU COVID-19 floor in our hospital. Asymptomatic, non-hospitalised controls were recruited as a comparator group for biomarkers that did not have a reference range. We assessed markers of endothelial cell and platelet activation, including von Willebrand Factor (VWF) antigen, soluble thrombomodulin, soluble P-selectin, and soluble CD40 ligand, as well as coagulation factors, endogenous anticoagulants, and fibrinolytic enzymes. We compared the level of each marker in ICU patients, non-ICU patients, and controls, where applicable. We assessed correlations between these laboratory results with clinical outcomes, including hospital discharge and mortality. Kaplan-Meier analysis was used to further explore the association between biochemical markers and survival. FINDINGS: 68 patients with COVID-19 were included in the study from April 13 to April 24, 2020, including 48 ICU and 20 non-ICU patients, as well as 13 non-hospitalised, asymptomatic controls. Markers of endothelial cell and platelet activation were significantly elevated in ICU patients compared with non-ICU patients, including VWF antigen (mean 565% [SD 199] in ICU patients vs 278% [133] in non-ICU patients; p<0·0001) and soluble P-selectin (15·9 ng/mL [4·8] vs 11·2 ng/mL [3·1]; p=0·0014). VWF antigen concentrations were also elevated above the normal range in 16 (80%) of 20 non-ICU patients. We found mortality to be significantly correlated with VWF antigen (r = 0·38; p=0·0022) and soluble thrombomodulin (r = 0·38; p=0·0078) among all patients. In all patients, soluble thrombomodulin concentrations greater than 3·26 ng/mL were associated with lower rates of hospital discharge (22 [88%] of 25 patients with low concentrations vs 13 [52%] of 25 patients with high concentrations; p=0·0050) and lower likelihood of survival on Kaplan-Meier analysis (hazard ratio 5·9, 95% CI 1·9-18·4; p=0·0087). INTERPRETATION: Our findings show that endotheliopathy is present in COVID-19 and is likely to be associated with critical illness and death. Early identification of endotheliopathy and strategies to mitigate its progression might improve outcomes in COVID-19. FUNDING: This work was supported by a gift donation from Jack Levin to the Benign Hematology programme at Yale, and the National Institutes of Health.


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Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Transtornos da Coagulação Sanguínea/patologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Endotélio Vascular/patologia , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Doenças Vasculares/patologia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Transtornos da Coagulação Sanguínea/etiologia , Transtornos da Coagulação Sanguínea/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Estado Terminal , Estudos Transversais , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Feminino , Seguimentos , Humanos , Unidades de Terapia Intensiva , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Prognóstico , Doenças Vasculares/etiologia , Doenças Vasculares/metabolismo , Adulto Jovem
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Cells ; 9(7)2020 06 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32629875

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The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has resulted in > 500,000 deaths worldwide, including > 125,000 deaths in the U.S. since its emergence in late December 2019 and June 2020. Neither curative anti-viral drugs nor a protective vaccine is currently available for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19. Recently, new clinical syndromes associated with coagulopathy and vasculopathy have emerged as a cause of sudden death and other serious clinical manifestations in younger patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), the receptor for SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses, is a transmembrane protein expressed by lung alveolar epithelial cells, enterocytes, and vascular endothelial cells, whose physiologic role is to induce the maturation of angiotensin I to generate angiotensin 1-7, a peptide hormone that controls vasoconstriction and blood pressure. In this review, we provide the general context of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 infection with a focus on endothelial cells, describe the vasculopathy and coagulopathy syndromes in patients with SARS-CoV-2, and outline current understanding of the underlying mechanistic aspects.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Coagulação Sanguínea , Coronavirus/fisiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Citocinas/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/patologia , Endotélio Vascular/virologia , Humanos , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Tromboembolia/etiologia
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Cells ; 9(7)2020 07 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32660065

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The newly emergent novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, which is caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus, has posed a serious threat to global public health and caused worldwide social and economic breakdown. Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is expressed in human vascular endothelium, respiratory epithelium, and other cell types, and is thought to be a primary mechanism of SARS-CoV-2 entry and infection. In physiological condition, ACE2 via its carboxypeptidase activity generates angiotensin fragments (Ang 1-9 and Ang 1-7), and plays an essential role in the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), which is a critical regulator of cardiovascular homeostasis. SARS-CoV-2 via its surface spike glycoprotein interacts with ACE2 and invades the host cells. Once inside the host cells, SARS-CoV-2 induces acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), stimulates immune response (i.e., cytokine storm) and vascular damage. SARS-CoV-2 induced endothelial cell injury could exacerbate endothelial dysfunction, which is a hallmark of aging, hypertension, and obesity, leading to further complications. The pathophysiology of endothelial dysfunction and injury offers insights into COVID-19 associated mortality. Here we reviewed the molecular basis of SARS-CoV-2 infection, the roles of ACE2, RAS signaling, and a possible link between the pre-existing endothelial dysfunction and SARS-CoV-2 induced endothelial injury in COVID-19 associated mortality. We also surveyed the roles of cell adhesion molecules (CAMs), including CD209L/L-SIGN and CD209/DC-SIGN in SARS-CoV-2 infection and other related viruses. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of infection, the vascular damage caused by SARS-CoV-2 and pathways involved in the regulation of endothelial dysfunction could lead to new therapeutic strategies against COVID-19.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Sistema Renina-Angiotensina , Angiotensina I/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Moléculas de Adesão Celular/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos , Humanos , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Transdução de Sinais
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Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol ; 40(9): e240-e255, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32698687

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OBJECTIVE: To determine if endothelial dysfunction in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity and in obese humans is mediated by the suppression of endothelial Kir (inwardly rectifying K+) channels. Approach and Results: Endothelial dysfunction, observed as reduced dilations to flow, occurred after feeding mice a high-fat, Western diet for 8 weeks. The functional downregulation of endothelial Kir2.1 using dominant-negative Kir2.1 construct resulted in substantial reductions in the response to flow in mesenteric arteries of lean mice, whereas no effect was observed in arteries of obese mice. Overexpressing wild-type-Kir2.1 in endothelium of arteries from obese mice resulted in full recovery of the flow response. Exposing freshly isolated endothelial cells to fluid shear during patch-clamp electrophysiology revealed that the flow-sensitivity of Kir was virtually abolished in cells from obese mice. Atomic force microscopy revealed that the endothelial glycocalyx was stiffer and the thickness of the glycocalyx layer reduced in arteries from obese mice. We also identified that the length of the glycocalyx is critical to the flow-activation of Kir. Overexpressing Kir2.1 in endothelium of arteries from obese mice restored flow- and heparanase-sensitivity, indicating an important role for heparan sulfates in the flow-activation of Kir. Furthermore, the Kir2.1-dependent component of flow-induced vasodilation was lost in the endothelium of resistance arteries of obese humans obtained from biopsies collected during bariatric surgery. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that obesity-induced impairment of flow-induced vasodilation is attributed to the loss of flow-sensitivity of endothelial Kir channels and propose that the latter is mediated by the biophysical alterations of the glycocalyx.


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Células Endoteliais/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Glicocálix/metabolismo , Artérias Mesentéricas/metabolismo , Obesidade/metabolismo , Canais de Potássio Corretores do Fluxo de Internalização/metabolismo , Vasodilatação , Adulto , Animais , Células Cultivadas , Dieta Hiperlipídica , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Endotélio Vascular/fisiopatologia , Feminino , Heparitina Sulfato/metabolismo , Humanos , Masculino , Mecanotransdução Celular , Potenciais da Membrana , Artérias Mesentéricas/fisiopatologia , Camundongos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Obesidade/genética , Obesidade/fisiopatologia , Canais de Potássio Corretores do Fluxo de Internalização/genética , Fluxo Sanguíneo Regional
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Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol ; 319(2): H456-H467, 2020 08 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32706261

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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a manifestation of atherosclerosis in the leg arteries, which causes claudication. This may be in part due to vascular mitochondrial dysfunction and excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. A mitochondrial-targeted antioxidant (MitoQ) has been shown to improve vascular mitochondrial function that, in turn, led to improved vascular function in older adults and animal models. However, the roles of vascular mitochondria in vascular function including endothelial function and arterial stiffness in patients with PAD are unknown; therefore, with the use of acute MitoQ intake, this study examined the roles of vascular mitochondria in endothelial function, arterial stiffness, exercise tolerance, and skeletal muscle function in patients with PAD. Eleven patients with PAD received either MitoQ or placebo in a randomized crossover design. At each visit, blood samples, brachial and popliteal artery flow-mediated dilation (FMD), peripheral and central pulse-wave velocity (PWV), blood pressure (BP), maximal walking capacity, time to claudication (COT), and oxygen utility capacity were measured pre- and-post-MitoQ and placebo. There were significant group by time interactions (P < 0.05) for brachial and popliteal FMD that both increased by Δ2.6 and Δ3.3%, respectively, and increases superoxide dismutase (Δ0.03 U/mL), maximal walking time (Δ73.8 s), maximal walking distance (Δ49.3 m), and COT (Δ44.2 s). There were no changes in resting heart rate, BP, malondialdehyde, total antioxidant capacity, PWV, or oxygen utility capacity (P > 0.05). MitoQ intake may be an effective strategy for targeting the vascular mitochondrial environment, which may be useful for restoring endothelial function, leg pain, and walking time in patients with PAD.NEW & NOTEWORTHY The results of this study reveal for the first time that acute oral intake of mitochondrial-targeted antioxidant (MitoQ, 80 mg) is effective for improving vascular endothelial function and superoxide dismutase in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). Acute MitoQ intake is also effective for improving maximal walking capacity and delaying the onset of claudication in patients with PAD. These findings suggest that the acute oral intake of MitoQ-mediated improvements in vascular mitochondria play a pivotal role for improving endothelial function, the redox environment, and skeletal muscle performance in PAD.


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Antioxidantes/uso terapêutico , Artéria Braquial/efeitos dos fármacos , Endotélio Vascular/efeitos dos fármacos , Tolerância ao Exercício/efeitos dos fármacos , Hemodinâmica/efeitos dos fármacos , Claudicação Intermitente/tratamento farmacológico , Mitocôndrias/efeitos dos fármacos , Compostos Organofosforados/uso terapêutico , Doença Arterial Periférica/tratamento farmacológico , Artéria Poplítea/efeitos dos fármacos , Ubiquinona/análogos & derivados , Idoso , Antioxidantes/metabolismo , Pressão Arterial/efeitos dos fármacos , Artéria Braquial/metabolismo , Artéria Braquial/fisiopatologia , Estudos Cross-Over , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/fisiopatologia , Feminino , Humanos , Claudicação Intermitente/diagnóstico , Claudicação Intermitente/metabolismo , Claudicação Intermitente/fisiopatologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Contração Muscular/efeitos dos fármacos , Nebraska , Compostos Organofosforados/metabolismo , Doença Arterial Periférica/diagnóstico , Doença Arterial Periférica/metabolismo , Doença Arterial Periférica/fisiopatologia , Artéria Poplítea/metabolismo , Artéria Poplítea/fisiopatologia , Recuperação de Função Fisiológica , Fatores de Tempo , Resultado do Tratamento , Ubiquinona/metabolismo , Ubiquinona/uso terapêutico , Rigidez Vascular/efeitos dos fármacos , Caminhada
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3377, 2020 07 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32632100

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The mammary gland is a highly vascularized tissue capable of expansion and regression during development and disease. To enable mechanistic insight into the coordinated morphogenic crosstalk between the epithelium and vasculature, we introduce a 3D microfluidic platform that juxtaposes a human mammary duct in proximity to a perfused endothelial vessel. Both compartments recapitulate stable architectural features of native tissue and the ability to undergo distinct forms of branching morphogenesis. Modeling HER2/ERBB2 amplification or activating PIK3CA(H1047R) mutation each produces ductal changes observed in invasive progression, yet with striking morphogenic and behavioral differences. Interestingly, PI3KαH1047R ducts also elicit increased permeability and structural disorganization of the endothelium, and we identify the distinct secretion of IL-6 as the paracrine cause of PI3KαH1047R-associated vascular dysfunction. These results demonstrate the functionality of a model system that facilitates the dissection of 3D morphogenic behaviors and bidirectional signaling between mammary epithelium and endothelium during homeostasis and pathogenesis.


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Glândulas Mamárias Humanas/metabolismo , Morfogênese/genética , Mutação , Comunicação Parácrina/genética , Biomimética/métodos , Linhagem Celular , Células Cultivadas , Classe I de Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinases/genética , Classe I de Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinases/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/fisiopatologia , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Glândulas Mamárias Humanas/irrigação sanguínea , Glândulas Mamárias Humanas/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Fenótipo , Receptor ErbB-2/genética , Receptor ErbB-2/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0235604, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32645079

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BACKGROUND: Cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) induces a systemic inflammatory response (SIRS) and affects the organ vascular bed. Experimentally, the lack of pulsatility alters myogenic tone of resistance arteries and increases the parietal inflammatory response. The purpose of this study was to compare the vascular reactivity of the internal thoracic arteries (ITAs) due to the inflammatory response between patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) under CPB with a roller pump or with a centrifugal pump. METHODS: Eighty elective male patients undergoing CABG were selected using one or two internal thoracic arteries under CPB with a roller pump (RP group) or centrifugal pump (CFP group). ITA samples were collected before starting CPB (Time 1) and before the last coronary anastomosis during aortic cross clamping (Time 2). The primary endpoint was the endothelium-dependent relaxation of ITAs investigated using wire-myography. The secondary endpoint was the parietal inflammatory response of arteries defined by the measurements of superoxide levels, leukocytes and lymphocytes rate and gene expression of inflammatory proteins using. Terminal complement complex activation (SC5b-9) and neutrophil activation (elastase) analysis were performed on arterial blood at the same times. RESULTS: Exposure time of ITAs to the pump flow was respectively 43.3 minutes in the RP group and 45.7 minutes in the CFP group. Acetylcholine-dependent relaxation was conserved in the two groups whatever the time. Gene expression of C3 and C4a in the artery wall decreased from Time 1 to Time 2. No oxidative stress was observed in the graft. There was no difference between the groups concerning the leukocytes and lymphocytes rate. SC5b-9 and elastase increased between Time 1 and Time 2. CONCLUSION: Endothelium-dependent relaxation of the internal thoracic arteries was preserved during CPB whatever the type of pump used. The inflammatory response observed in the blood was not found in the graft wall within this time frame. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Name of trial study protocol: IPITA Registration number (ClinicalTrials.gov): NCT04168853.


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Ponte Cardiopulmonar/instrumentação , Ponte de Artéria Coronária/métodos , Coração Auxiliar/efeitos adversos , Artéria Torácica Interna/cirurgia , Complicações Pós-Operatórias/etiologia , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Ponte Cardiopulmonar/efeitos adversos , Ponte Cardiopulmonar/métodos , Ponte de Artéria Coronária/efeitos adversos , Ponte de Artéria Coronária/instrumentação , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/fisiologia , Feminino , Humanos , Elastase de Leucócito/metabolismo , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estresse Oxidativo , Complicações Pós-Operatórias/epidemiologia , Transplantes/fisiologia , Transplantes/cirurgia , Vasoconstrição , Vasodilatação
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Clin Rheumatol ; 39(9): 2529-2543, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32654082

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The pathogenesis of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is gradually being comprehended. A high number of thrombotic episodes are reported, along with the mortality benefits of heparin. COVID-19 can be viewed as a prothrombotic disease. We overviewed the available evidence to explore this possibility. We identified various histopathology reports and clinical case series reporting thromboses in COVID-19. Also, multiple coagulation markers support this. COVID-19 can be regarded as a risk factor for thrombosis. Applying the principles of Virchow's triad, we described abnormalities in the vascular endothelium, altered blood flow, and platelet function abnormalities that lead to venous and arterial thromboses in COVID-19. Endothelial dysfunction, activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) with the release of procoagulant plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1), and hyperimmune response with activated platelets seem to be significant contributors to thrombogenesis in COVID-19. Stratifying risk of COVID-19 thromboses should be based on age, presence of comorbidities, D-dimer, CT scoring, and various blood cell ratios. Isolated heparin therapy may not be sufficient to combat thrombosis in this disease. There is an urgent need to explore newer avenues like activated protein C, PAI-1 antagonists, and tissue plasminogen activators (tPA). These should be augmented with therapies targeting RAAS, antiplatelet drugs, repurposed antiinflammatory, and antirheumatic drugs. Key Points • Venous and arterial thromboses in COVID-19 can be viewed through the prism of Virchow's triad. • Endothelial dysfunction, platelet activation, hyperviscosity, and blood flow abnormalities due to hypoxia, immune reactions, and hypercoagulability lead to thrombogenesis in COVID-19. • There is an urgent need to stratify COVID-19 patients at risk for thrombosis using age, comorbidities, D-dimer, and CT scoring. • Patients with COVID-19 at high risk for thrombosis should be put on high dose heparin therapy.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/sangue , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/sangue , Trombofilia/sangue , Trombose/sangue , Antagonistas de Receptores de Angiotensina/uso terapêutico , Inibidores da Enzima Conversora de Angiotensina/uso terapêutico , Anticoagulantes/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Plaquetas , Viscosidade Sanguínea , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/fisiopatologia , Produtos de Degradação da Fibrina e do Fibrinogênio , Fibrinogênio/metabolismo , Fibrinolíticos/uso terapêutico , Heparina/uso terapêutico , Humanos , Pandemias , Inibidor 1 de Ativador de Plasminogênio/sangue , Ativação Plaquetária , Inibidores da Agregação de Plaquetas/uso terapêutico , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/metabolismo , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Trombofilia/etiologia , Trombofilia/metabolismo , Trombose/tratamento farmacológico , Trombose/etiologia , Ativador de Plasminogênio Tecidual/sangue , Ativador de Plasminogênio Tecidual/uso terapêutico
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Gene ; 760: 144965, 2020 Nov 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32687948

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OBJECTIVE: Immunologic contact urticaria (ICU) is an immediate response of wheal caused by various contactants in vulnerable individuals, with undefined pathogenesis. METHODS: In the present study, we aim to explore the effects of intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) gene silencing by RNA inference (RNAi) on vascular endothelial cells (VECs) adhesion molecule expression and cell-cell adhesion in ICU mice. Sixty BALB/c mice were selected, among which 48 mice were used for establishment of ICU models. VECs from normal and ICU mice were grouped into different groups. Expressions of ICAM-1, eosinophilic cationic protein (ECP), total immunologlobulin E (tIgE), L-selectin (CD62L), integrin, alpha L (CD11a) in tissues and cells were evaluate by RT-qPCR and western blotting. Cell proliferation was evaluated by MTT assay and EdU staining and cell adhesive function by cell-cell adhesion assay. RESULTS: Compared with normal mice, ICU mice had increased expressions of ICAM-1, ECP, tIgE, CD62L, and CD11a.ICAM-1 gene silencing decreased expressions of ECP, tIgE, CD62L, and CD11a, enhanced cell proliferation, and more activity in cell adhesion. CONCLUSION: These findings indicate that RNAi-mediated gene silencing of ICAM-1 may decrease VECs adhesion expression and reduce cell-cell adhesion in mice with ICU.


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Células Endoteliais/metabolismo , Molécula 1 de Adesão Intercelular/metabolismo , Urticária/genética , Animais , Adesão Celular/fisiologia , Células Cultivadas , Células Endoteliais/patologia , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/patologia , Feminino , Inativação Gênica , Molécula 1 de Adesão Intercelular/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Interferência de RNA , Urticária/metabolismo , Urticária/patologia
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