Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 10 pp 9726—9744

NF2 deficiency accelerates neointima hyperplasia following vascular injury via promoting YAP-TEAD1 interaction in vascular smooth muscle cells

Figure 4. NF2 knockdown accelerates PDGF-BB-induced VSMC proliferation and migration in a YAP-dependent manner. VSMC isolated from WT or Nf2-/- mice was transfected by shCon, shYap, Ad-Con and Ad-Yap. Then the VSMC received 48 h of physiological saline or PDGF-BB (30 ng/mL) treatment. (A) The relative protein expression levels of p-YAPSer127 and YAP were determined by immunoblotting in VSMC treated as above mentioned (n=5). (B) VSMC treated as above mentioned was stained with SM α-actin (red), Ki-67 (green) and DAPI (blue). Representative images (left) and corresponding quantification of Ki-67-positive VSMC (right) were shown (n=5). Magnification 400×. (C) VSMC treated as above mentioned was assessed by transwell assay. Representative images (left) and corresponding quantification of migration cells (right) were shown (n=5). Magnification 100×. Data are shown as mean ± S.D. *P<0.05, **P<0.01 and ***P<0.001 denote statistical comparison between the two marked groups, respectively.