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The research in the laboratory is focused upon the investigation of membrane and cellular mechanisms regulating the arterial function in physiological conditions and in disease using contemporary laboratory methods which include small vessel myography, electrophysiological patch-clamp technique, molecular biological and imaging techniques.
Arteries determine blood pressure by changing their diameter which is controlled by the activity of ion channels. One group of ion channels ubiquitously present in smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) which compose the arterial wall, K+ channels are central for the regulation of resting membrane potential hence vascular tone. Among them voltage-gated K+ (Kv) channels are abundant in pulmonary arterial SMCs and contribute to an important physiological response to hypoxia termed hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV). We initially demonstrated a significant decrease in Kv channels expression (which would results in membrane depolarization and vasoconstriction) in chronic hypoxia in the rat (Smirnov et al., 1994), an animal model of pulmonary hypertension. Recently, we demonstrated that Kv channels in PASMCs are closely linked to the mitochondrial function via a novel mitochondrial-mediated Mg2+-dependent mechanism (Firth et al., 2008). This unique regulatory mechanism is due to an existence of sub-membrane population of mitochondria in PASMCs and is not present in systemic SMCs (Firth et al., 2009).
In collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Physics we developed a novel approach to investigate protein complexes on the cell surface using atomic and magnetic force microscopy. With this approach we successfully demonstrated distribution of individual endothelin receptor molecules on the surface of aortic SMCs (Moskalenko et al, 2010).
In collaboration with colleagues from the University of Calgary, we showed specific distribution along the renal vascular tree of another type of K channels, the inward rectifier (KIR), and demonstrated their functional importance in renal afferent arterioles which are central for blood pressure control (Chilton et al., 2011).
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
- QP Physiology
- Vascular pharmacology
- Ion channels
- Smooth muscle
- Cellular signalling
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1/09/21 → 31/12/22
Project: UK charity
Smirnov, S., El-bassossy, H. M., Eid, B. G. & Balamash, K.
14/01/17 → 14/01/18
Investigation of the Mechanisms of Calcium Homeostasis in Renal afferent and Efferent Arteriolar Myocytes
21/01/10 → 21/04/10
Project: Research council
NANOTRACKING THE MOLECULE'S FATE IN LIVING CELLS SPLIT SP 75% SH 25% NB 75OHD=FACILITIES DO NOT SPLIT ALL SP
1/02/07 → 31/03/08
Project: Research council
Enhanced calcium entry via activation of NOX/PKC underlies increased vasoconstriction induced by methylglyoxalEid, B. G., Sharib, A. A., El-bassossy, H. M., Balamash, K. & Smirnov, S., 2 Dec 2018, In: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 506, 4, p. 1013-1018 6 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile3 Citations (SciVal)33 Downloads (Pure)
Sphingosylphosphorylcholine potentiates vasoreactivity and voltage-gated Ca2+ entry via NOX1 and reactive oxygen speciesShaifta, Y., Snetkov, V. A., Prieto-Lloret, J., Knock, G. A., Smirnov, S. V., Aaronson, P. I. & Ward, J. P. T., 1 Apr 2015, In: Cardiovascular Research. p. 121-130
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile13 Citations (SciVal)155 Downloads (Pure)
TRPM4 inhibitor 9-phenanthrol activates endothelial cell intermediate conductance calcium-activated potassium channels in rat isolated mesenteric arteryGarland, C. J., Smirnov, S., Bagher, P., Lim, CS., Huang, C. Y., Mitchell, R., Stanley, C., Pinkney, A. & Dora, K. A., Feb 2015, In: British Journal of Pharmacology. 172, 4, p. 1114-1123 10 p.
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Voltage-activated Ca2+ channels in rat renal afferent and efferent myocytes: no evidence for the T-type Ca2+ currentSmirnov, S. V., Loutzenhizer, K. & Loutzenhiser, R., 1 Feb 2013, In: Cardiovascular Research. 97, 2, p. 293-301 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile16 Citations (SciVal)145 Downloads (Pure)