Danny Ling Wang


    Vascular endothelial cells play an important role in maintaining vessel integrity. Injuries or disturbance of endothelial cells contribute to pathogenesis of cardiovascular disorders including atherosclerosis. Our studies suggest that change of intracellular redox status may be the underlying mechanism that modulates signaling pathways and result in gene alternation in endothelial cells under various stimuli including hemodynamic forces. Endothelial cells under shear flow condition constantly release nitric oxide that acts as a negative regulator for endothelial responses. The consequence of interplay between reactive oxygen species and nitrogen species may determine the endothelial responses to environmental changes. Our research interests have been focusing on:

  1. Signaling mechanisms of endothelial responses to oxidative stress including hypoxia and ox-LDL.
  2. The intracellular redox status and their effects on kinase/phosphatase activation.
  3. Endothelial gene expression and regulation. 
  4. The antioxidant activities and their cardioprotective implications.
  5. The interaction of endothelial cells with smooth muscle cells and leukocytes that contribute to the vascular disorders.


  1. Wung,B.S., Cheng, J.J., Shyy,Y.J., Chao,Y.J. and Wang,D.L. (1999) ¡§The Modulation of Ras-Raf-ERK Pathway by Reactive Oxygen Species is Involved in Cyclic Strain-Induced Early Growth Response-1 Gene Expression in Endothelial Cells.¡¨ Circ. Res.  84:804-812.

  2. Chiu,J.J., Wung,B.S., Hsieh,H.J., Lo,L.W. and WangD.L. (1999) ¡§ Nitric Oxide Regulates Shear-Stress-Induced Early Growth Response-1 Expression via the Extracellular Signal-Regulated Kinase Pathway in Endothelial Cells.¡¨ Circ. Res. 85: 238-246.

  3. Lo,L.W., Cheng,J.J., Chiu,J.J., Wung,B.S., Lu,Y.C. and Wang,D.L.(2001) ¡§Endothelial exposure to hypoxia induces Egr-1 exposure involving PKC£\-mediated Ras/Raf/ERK1/2 pathway.¡¨ J. Cell. Physiol., 188:304-312.

  4. Chang ,Y.L., Shen,J.J., Wung, B.S., Cheng, J.J. and Wang, D.L. (2001) ¡§Chinese Herbal Remedy Wogonin Inhibits Monocyte Chemotactic Protein-1 Gene Expression in Human Endothelial Cells.¡¨ Mol. Pharmocol. 60:507-513.

  5. Cheng,J.J., Wung,B.S. Chao,Y.J. and Wang,D.L. (2001) ¡§Sequential Activation of Protein Kinase C-a and -e Contributes to Sustained Raf/ERK1/2 Activation in Endothelial Cells under Mechanical Strain.¡¨ J. Biol. Chem.  276(33):31368-31375. 

  6. Wung,B.S. Cheng,J.J., Shyue,S.K. and Wang,D.L.(2001) ¡§NO Modulates Monocyte Chemotactic Protein-1 Expression in Endothelial Cells under Cyclic Strain.¡¨ Arterioscler. Thromb. Vasc. Biol. 21:1941-47.

  7. Cheng,J.J., Chao,Y.J. and Wang,D.L. (2002) ¡§Cyclic Strain Activates Redox-Sensitive Proline-Rich Tyrosine Kinase (PYK2) in Endothelial Cells¡¨.  J.  Biol. Chem. 277 (50): 48152-57, 2002. 

  8. Ni,C.W., Wang,D.L., Lien,S.C., Cheng,J.J., Chao,Y.J, and Hsieh,H.J. (2003) ¡§Activation of PKC-e and ERK1/2 participates in shear-induced endothelial MCP-1 expression that is repressed by nitric oxide¡¨ J. Cell. Physiol.  195:428-434.N

  9. Ni,C.W., Hsieh,H.J, Chao,Y.J. and Wang,D.L.(2003) ¡§Shear Flow Attenuates Serun-Induced STAT3 Activation in Endothelial Cells.¡¨  J. Biol. Chem. 278 (22):19702-08.

  10. Chen, H-H., and  Wang, D.L. (2004)¡¨Nitric Oxide Inhibits Mtrix Metalloproteinase-2 Expression via the Induction of Activating  Transcription Factor 3 in Endothelial Cells.¡¨ Mol. Pharmacol. 65:1130-40.