Nogo-B expression, in arterial intima, is impeded in the early stages of atherosclerosis in humans


M. Karczewski, A. Szuba, A. Piotrowska, M. Chmielewska, K. Drozdz, A. Gomulkiewicz, I. Grzegorek, K. Jabłońska, Nogo-B expression, in arterial intima, is impeded in the early stages of atherosclerosis in humans, APMIS 122 (9), (2014) 742-749. doi:10.1111/apm.12212
Karczewski M., Szuba A., Piotrowska A., Chmielewska M., Drozdz K., Gomulkiewicz A., Grzegorek I., Jabłońska K.,


Nogo‐B (Reticulon 4B) is considered to be a novel vascular marker, which may have a protective role in injury‐induced neointima formation and atherosclerosis. Nogo A/B is found to be crucial for monocyte/macrophage recruitment in acute inflammation and it is expressed in CD68 + macrophages. We hypothesize that macrophage infiltration in atherosclerosis is not dependent on Nogo‐B expression in arterial wall. We have assessed Nogo‐B expression and macrophage accumulation in the iliac arteries of healthy organ donors and organ donors with cardiovascular risk factors. Paraffin sections of 66 iliac arteries, from 44 deceased organ donors (17 women and 27 men), were studied. The healthy and cardiovascular risk (CVR) subgroups were created. With regard to staging of the atherosclerotic process, the thickness of arterial intima was measured in digitalized images of H+E stained tissue sections. Immunohistochemical reactions (Nogo‐B and CD68) were carried out in all arteries (66 samples). Western blotting (WB‐19 samples) and real‐time PCR (27 samples) were performed on selected arteries. Significantly higher Nogo‐B expression was demonstrated in the intima of the healthy subjects’ subgroup, using immunohistochemistry. WB and real‐time PCR revealed a trend toward lower Nogo‐B expression in the adventitia of the CVR subgroup. Furthermore, the thickness of the intima was found to negatively correlate with the expression of Nogo‐B in the intima and media (r = −0.32; p < 0.05; r = −0.32; p < 0.05). Macrophage infiltrates were more prominent in intima of CVR subjects (0.65 vs 3.52 a.u.; p < 0.01). Macrophage density in intima increased with atherosclerosis progression (r = 0.37; p < 0.01). CD68 macrophages density in adventitia was lower in CVR arteries than in healthy arteries. The expression of Nogo‐B, in arterial intima, is impeded in the early stages of atherosclerosis. Accumulation of arterial intimal CD68 macrophages has been shown to progress; however, the overall macrophage density in the adventitia is reduced in arteries shown to have intimal thickening. Macrophage infiltration is not accompanied by Nogo‐B expression in atherosclerotic arteries.





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Project assumptions

The overall goal of the project is to develop an innovative multifactor mathematical model enabling monitoring of bath contamination used in the electropolishing process of austenitic stainless steels. This model will allow optimization and reduction of process costs and will have an impact on reducing environmental pollution during electrolytic polishing of austenitic stainless steels.

The final outcome of the project will consist in the development of a method of monitoring the gradual contamination of the electropolishing bath.


The team deals with research in the field of electrochemistry, wastewater treatment, monitoring and optimization of processes in laboratory and industrial conditions. The diverse experience of individual members of the IonsMonit team is its strength.



Project: “A pioneering model for monitoring pollution of electropolishing process baths (IonsMonit)” financed by the National Center for Research and Development as part of the Lider programme.