Adenoviral transfer of HIF-1α enhances vascular responses to critical limb ischemia in diabetic mice

Kakali Sarkar, Karen Fox-Talbot, Charles Steenbergen, Marta Bosch-Marcë, Gregg L. Semenza

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Abstract

Diabetes is a major risk factor for ischemic disease. Treatment options for diabetic patients with peripheral arterial disease when revascularization is not possible are limited, resulting in a high incidence of limb amputation. We evaluated the therapeutic po-tential of AdCA5, an adenovirus encoding a constitutively active form of HIF-1α, in a diabetic model of critical limb ischemia. Diabetic db/db and nondiabetic db/+ mice were subjected to unilateral femoral artery ligation. Limb perfusion, tissue viability, and motor function were more severely impaired in db/db mice. Intramuscular injection of AdCA5 into the ischemic limb of db/db mice increased the recovery of limb perfusion and function, re-duced tissue necrosis, rescued the diabetes-associated impairment of circulating angiogenic cells, enhanced endothelial nitric oxide synthase activation, and increased vessel density and luminal area in the ischemic limb.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18769-18774
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume106
Issue number44
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 3 2009

Keywords

  • Angiogenesis
  • Gene therapy
  • Vascularization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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