Scientific article

Multiple forms of angiostatin induce apoptosis in endothelial cells

Published inBlood, vol. 92, no. 12, p. 4730-4741
Publication date1998

Angiostatin is a circulating inhibitor of angiogenesis generated by proteolytic cleavage of plasminogen. In this study we have used recombinant human and murine angiostatins (kringles 1-4) as well as native human angiostatin (prepared by elastase digestion of plasminogen [kringles 1-3] or by plasmin autocatalysis in the presence of a free sulfhydryl donor [kringles 1-4]). We report that angiostatin reduces endothelial cell number in a 4-day proliferation assay without affecting cell cycle progression into S-phase (as determined by bromodeoxyuridine labeling). This suggested that the reduction in cell number in the proliferation assay might in part be due to cytotoxicity. This was confirmed by the observation that ethidium homodimer incorporation (a measure of plasma membrane integrity) into endothelial cells was increased by angiostatin in a manner similar to that seen with tumor necrosis factor- (TNF-) and transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1), both of which induce apoptosis in endothelial cells. In contrast to TNF- and TGF-beta1, angiostatin did not induce cytotoxicity in human MRC-5 fibroblast, rat smooth muscle, canine MDCK epithelial, or murine B16-F10 melanoma cell lines. Angiostatin-induced apoptosis was confirmed by endothelial cell nuclear acridine orange incorporation as well as by annexin V and TUNEL staining. These in vitro findings point to endothelial cell apoptosis as a mechanism for the antiangiogenic effect of angiostatin in vivo.

  • Angiostatins
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal/metabolism
  • *Apoptosis
  • Cattle
  • Cell Count/drug effects
  • Cell Cycle/drug effects
  • Cell Division/drug effects
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Dactinomycin/pharmacology
  • Dogs
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Endothelium, Vascular/*drug effects/physiology
  • Humans
  • Kringles
  • Mice
  • Organ Specificity/drug effects
  • Peptide Fragments/chemistry/*pharmacology
  • Plasminogen/chemistry/*pharmacology
  • Rats
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • S Phase/drug effects
  • Time Factors
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha/pharmacology
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
Citation (ISO format)
LUCAS, Rudolf et al. Multiple forms of angiostatin induce apoptosis in endothelial cells. In: Blood, 1998, vol. 92, n° 12, p. 4730–4741.
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ISSN of the journal0006-4971

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