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      The Anti-Apoptotic Activity of Albumin for Endothelium Is Mediated by a Partially Cryptic Protein Domain and Reduced by Inhibitors of G-Coupled Protein and PI-3 Kinase, but Is Independent of Radical Scavenging or Bound Lipid


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          Increased vascular disease occurs with low albumin (human serum albumin, HSA), possibly reflecting specific inhibition of endothelial apoptosis reported for tissue culture. Despite the reported specificity for endothelial protection by HSA, the high but physiological concentrations needed appear more consistent with non-specific low-affinity interactions. We reconcile this contradiction by demonstrating protection is mediated by a partially cryptic HSA protein domain, which becomes more exposed and active following cyanogen bromide fragmentation (p < 0.001). Also, although others reported HSA radical scavenging and bound lipids as important for inhibiting apoptosis in non-endothelial cell types, we demonstrate the protective effect for endothelium is unaffected when HSA radical scavenging is blocked by alkylation, or following delipidation. Further probing the mechanism responsible, we found that the G-coupled protein inhibitors pertussis toxin and suramin reduced protection of endothelium by HSA (p < 0.005), while the tyrosine kinase inhibitor genistein had no effect. Consistent with a role for phosphoinositide 3 kinase (PI3K) was inhibition by both wortmannin and LY294002 (p < 0.05), as well as phosphorylation of Akt, while MAP kinase inhibitors had no effect. We conclude the active site in HSA inhibiting endothelial apoptosis is partially cryptic, and acts via a G-coupled protein PI3K-dependent mechanism.

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              PI3K: Downstream AKTion Blocks Apoptosis


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                J Vasc Res
                Journal of Vascular Research
                S. Karger AG
                June 2007
                16 April 2007
                : 44
                : 4
                : 313-324
                Cellular and Molecular Pathology Research Unit, Department of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine, University of Sydney, Westmead Centre for Oral Health, Westmead, Australia
                101777 J Vasc Res 2007;44:313–324
                © 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                : 11 September 2006
                : 18 February 2007
                Page count
                Figures: 6, References: 65, Pages: 12
                Research Paper

                General medicine,Neurology,Cardiovascular Medicine,Internal medicine,Nephrology
                Cryptic site,G-coupled protein,PI3K,Albumin,Free radicals,Endothelial apoptosis


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