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Potential vascular actions of 2-methoxyestradiol


Dubey, R K; Jackson, E K (2009). Potential vascular actions of 2-methoxyestradiol. Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, 20(8):374-379.

Abstract

2-Methoxyestradiol (2-ME) is a biologically active metabolite of 17beta-estradiol that appears to inhibit key processes associated with cell replication in vitro. The molecule has been suggested to have potent growth-inhibitory effects on proliferating cells, including smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells, and may be antiangiogenic. Because of these potential roles for 2-ME, its lack of cytotoxicity and low estrogenic activity, we hypothesize that 2-ME could be a valuable therapeutic molecule for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Whether 2-ME is as effective in vivo as it is in vitro at modulating vascular processes remains controversial. Here we discuss recent developments regarding mechanisms by which 2-ME might regulate vascular activity and angiogenesis and speculate on the therapeutic implications of these developments.

Abstract

2-Methoxyestradiol (2-ME) is a biologically active metabolite of 17beta-estradiol that appears to inhibit key processes associated with cell replication in vitro. The molecule has been suggested to have potent growth-inhibitory effects on proliferating cells, including smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells, and may be antiangiogenic. Because of these potential roles for 2-ME, its lack of cytotoxicity and low estrogenic activity, we hypothesize that 2-ME could be a valuable therapeutic molecule for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Whether 2-ME is as effective in vivo as it is in vitro at modulating vascular processes remains controversial. Here we discuss recent developments regarding mechanisms by which 2-ME might regulate vascular activity and angiogenesis and speculate on the therapeutic implications of these developments.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Reproductive Endocrinology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:03 Feb 2010 11:26
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:51
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1043-2760
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tem.2009.04.007
PubMed ID:19734053

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