Immunohistochemistry of the circadian clock in mouse and human vascular tissues

Ciprian B. Anea, Ana M. Merloiu, David J.R. Fulton, Vijay Patel, R. Dan Rudic

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Aim: The circadian clock is a molecular network that controls the body physiological rhythms. In blood vessels, the circadian clock components modulate vascular remodeling, blood pressure, and signaling. The goal in this study was to determine the pattern of expression of circadian clock proteins in the endothelium, smooth muscle, and adventitia of the vasculature of human and mouse tissues. Methods: Immunohistochemistry was performed in frozen sections of mouse aorta, common carotid artery, femoral artery, lung, and heart at 12 AM and 12 PM for Bmal1, Clock, Npas2, Per and other clock components. Studies of expression were also assessed in human saphenous vein both by immunoblotting and immunohistochemistry. Results: In this study, we identified the expression of Bmal1, Clock, Npas, Per1, Cry1, and accessory clock components by immunohistochemical staining in the endothelium, smooth muscle and adventitia of the mouse vasculature with differing temporal and cellular profiles depending on vasculature and tissue analyzed. The human saphenous vein also exhibited expression of clock genes that exhibited an oscillatory pattern in Bmal1 and Cry by immunoblotting. Conclusion: These studies show that circadian clock components display differences in expression and localization throughout the cardiovascular system, which may confer nuances of circadian clock signaling in a cell-specific manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA69
JournalVessel Plus
StatePublished - 2018


  • Aorta
  • Bmal1
  • Circadian blood vessel
  • Clock
  • Cry
  • Human
  • Mouse
  • Per
  • Smooth muscle
  • Vascular endothelium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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