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Zhang, F.* ; Li, Y.* ; Tang, Z.* ; Kumar, A.* ; Lee, C.* ; Zhang, L.* ; Zhu, C.* ; Klotzsche-von Ameln, A.* ; Wang, B.* ; Gao, Z.* ; Zhang, S.* ; Langer, H.F.* ; Hou, X.* ; Jensen, L.* ; Ma, W.* ; Wong, W.* ; Chavakis, T.* ; Liu, Y.* ; Cao, Y.* ; Li, X.*

Proliferative and survival effects of PUMA promote angiogenesis.

Cell Rep. 2, 1272-1285 (2012)
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The p53 upregulated modulator of apoptosis (PUMA) is known as an essential apoptosis inducer. Here, we report the seemingly paradoxical finding that PUMA is a proangiogenic factor critically required for the proliferation and survival of vascular and microglia cells. Strikingly, Puma deficiency by genetic deletion or small hairpin RNA knockdown inhibited developmental and pathological angiogenesis and reduced microglia numbers in vivo, whereas Puma gene delivery increased angiogenesis and cell survival. Mechanistically, we revealed that PUMA plays a critical role in regulating autophagy by modulating Erk activation and intracellular calcium level. Our findings revealed an unexpected function of PUMA in promoting angiogenesis and warrant more careful investigations into the therapeutic potential of PUMA in treating cancer and degenerative diseases.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
ISSN (print) / ISBN 2211-1247
e-ISSN 2211-1247
Zeitschrift Cell Reports
Quellenangaben Band: 2, Heft: 5, Seiten: 1272-1285 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag Cell Press
Begutachtungsstatus Peer reviewed
Institut(e) Institute for Pancreatic Beta Cell Research (IPI)