Inhibition of CCR8 attenuates Ang Ⅱ-induced vascular smooth muscle cell injury by suppressing the MAPK/NF-κB pathway

Document Type : Original Article


The Second Clinical Medical College, Jinan University; Department of Ultrasound, The First Affiliated Hospital, Southern University of Science and Technology; Department of Ultrasound, Shenzhen People’s Hospital, Shenzhen 518020, Guangdong, China


Objective(s): Hyperinsulinemia, secondary to insulin resistance, may lead to vascular smooth muscle cell dysfunction. In the present research, we aimed to investigate the effect of Chemokine receptor 8 (CCR8) on angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced dysfunction of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and to explore the underlying molecular mechanism. 
Materials and Methods: The expression of CCR8 was analyzed in diabetics and normal people by RT-PCR and ELISA. CCK-8 assay and transwell were used to explore cell proliferation and migration, and ELISA was used to measure the content of IL-6 and TNF-α. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) kit was employed to measure ROS generation. 
Results: The results revealed that CCR8 was highly expressed in diabetics and Ang Ⅱ-induced VSMCs. Further studies found that interfering with the expression of CCR8 significantly reduced the production of ROS and the levels of inflammatory factors in AngⅡ-induced VSMCs. Interfering with CCR8 increased the glucose uptake induced by AngⅡ+IR. More importantly, inhibition of CCR8 alleviated Ang II-induced dysfunction of VSMCs. Inhibition of CCR8 inactivated the MAPK/NF-κB signaling pathway.
Conclusion: Inhibition of CCR8 attenuates Ang II-induced VSMCs injury by inhibiting the MAPK/NF-κB pathway. CCR8 may be a new biomarker related to hypertension and insulin resistance and is a new target for the treatment of human cardiovascular diseases.


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