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      Plasmin-Mediated Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 Mobilisation Supports Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation in Human Saphenous Vein

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          The focus of this study was identification of the contribution of the plasminogen activator-plasmin system to smooth muscle cell proliferation and migration in human saphenous vein. Segments of human saphenous vein were grown in organ culture for up to 14 days. Smooth muscle cell proliferation and migration were measured by incubating vein segments in bromodeoxyuridine, and smooth muscle cell death was detected by in situ end-labelling. Tissue-type (tPA) and urokinase-type (uPA) plasminogen activator enzymic activities were detectable in cultured saphenous vein segments, and were concentrated in focal zones. Inhibition of plasmin activity with α-N-acetyl- L-lysine methyl ester (NALME) or of uPA activity with a neutralising antibody caused significant decreases in smooth muscle cell proliferation in the media and the intima, but no significant changes in smooth muscle cell migration. Intimal thickness was also significantly decreased. Incubation with plasminogen or plasmin caused fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF2) to be released into the medium. Addition of FGF2 to segments cultured with NALME reversed the inhibition of smooth muscle cell proliferation, and blocking the activity of FGF2 with a neutralising antibody caused a significant decrease in medial smooth muscle cell proliferation. These data suggest that plasmin mobilises FGF2 bound to the extracellular matrix of human saphenous vein, so that it can support smooth muscle cell proliferation and intimal thickening.

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              Release of basic fibroblast growth factor-heparan sulfate complexes from endothelial cells by plasminogen activator-mediated proteolytic activity

               O Saksela,  D. Rifkin (1990)
              Cultured bovine capillary endothelial (BCE) cells synthesize heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPG), which are both secreted into the culture medium and deposited in the cell layer. The nonsoluble HSPGs can be isolated as two predominant species: a larger 800-kD HSPG, which is recovered from preparations of extracellular matrix, and a 250-kD HSPG, which is solubilized by nonionic detergent extraction of the cells. Both HSPG species bind bFGF. 125I-bFGF bound to BCE cell cultures is readily released by either heparinase or plasmin. When released by plasmin, the growth factor is recovered from the incubation medium as a complex with the partly degraded high molecular mass HSPG. Endogenous bFGF activity is released by a proteolytic treatment of cultured BCE cells. The bFGF-binding HSPGs are also released when cultures are incubated with the inactive proenzyme plasminogen. Under such experimental conditions, the release of the extracellular proteoglycans can be enhanced by treating the cells either with bFGF, which increases the plasminogen activating activity expressed by the cells, or decreased by treating the cells with transforming growth factor beta, which decreases the plasminogen activating activity of the cells. Specific immune antibodies raised against bovine urokinase also block the release of HSPG from BCE cell cultures. We propose that this plasminogen activator-mediated proteolysis provides a mechanism for the release of biologically active bFGF-HSPG complexes from the extracellular matrix and that bFGF release can be regulated by the balance between factors affecting the pericellular proteolytic activity.

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                J Vasc Res
                Journal of Vascular Research
                S. Karger AG
                October 2001
                17 September 2001
                : 38
                : 5
                : 492-501
                Bristol Heart Institute, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
                51082 J Vasc Res 2001;38:492–501
                © 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel

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