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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(11), 2254; doi:10.3390/ijms18112254

The Role of Gap Junction-Mediated Endothelial Cell–Cell Interaction in the Crosstalk between Inflammation and Blood Coagulation

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Shimane University, 89-1 Enya-cho, Shimane, Izumo 6938501, Japan
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Suzuka University of Medical Science, 3500-3, Minamitamagaki-cho, Mie, Suzuka 5138679, Japan
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Received: 29 September 2017 / Revised: 21 October 2017 / Accepted: 24 October 2017 / Published: 27 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cell-cell Interactions in Blood Vessels)
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Endothelial cells (ECs) play a pivotal role in the crosstalk between blood coagulation and inflammation. Endothelial cellular dysfunction underlies the development of vascular inflammatory diseases. Recent studies have revealed that aberrant gap junctions (GJs) and connexin (Cx) hemichannels participate in the progression of cardiovascular diseases such as cardiac infarction, hypertension and atherosclerosis. ECs can communicate with adjacent ECs, vascular smooth muscle cells, leukocytes and platelets via GJs and Cx channels. ECs dynamically regulate the expression of numerous Cxs, as well as GJ functionality, in the context of inflammation. Alterations to either result in various side effects across a wide range of vascular functions. Here, we review the roles of endothelial GJs and Cx channels in vascular inflammation, blood coagulation and leukocyte adhesion. In addition, we discuss the relevant molecular mechanisms that endothelial GJs and Cx channels regulate, both the endothelial functions and mechanical properties of ECs. A better understanding of these processes promises the possibility of pharmacological treatments for vascular pathogenesis. View Full-Text
Keywords: gap junction; connexin; endothelial cell; inflammation; coagulation; leukocyte adhesion gap junction; connexin; endothelial cell; inflammation; coagulation; leukocyte adhesion

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Okamoto, T.; Suzuki, K. The Role of Gap Junction-Mediated Endothelial Cell–Cell Interaction in the Crosstalk between Inflammation and Blood Coagulation. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 2254.

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