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Expression of Tissue Kallikrein and Kinin Receptors in Angiogenic Microvascular Endothelial Cells

J. Plendl / C. Snyman / S. Naidoo / S. Sawant / R. Mahabeer / K.D. Bhoola

Citation Information: Biological Chemistry. Volume 381, Issue 11, Pages 1103–1115, ISSN (Print) 1431-6730, DOI: 10.1515/BC.2000.135, July 2005

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2005-07-05

Abstract

Angiogenesis is the sprouting of new capillary blood vessels from pre-existing ones. The kinin family of vasoactive peptides, formed by the serine protease tissue kallikrein from its endogenous multifunctional protein substrate kininogen, is believed to regulate the angiogenic process. The aim of this study was to determine the expression of tissue kallikrein and kinin receptors in an in vitro model of angiogenesis. Microvascular endothelial cells from the bovine mature and regressing corpus luteum were used only if they reacted with known endothelial cell markers. At first the cultured endothelial cells began sprouting, and within four weeks formed three-dimensional, capillary-like structures. Immunolabelling for tissue prokallikrein and the mature enzyme was intense in the angiogenic endothelial cells derived from mature corpora lutea. Immunoreactivity was lower in non-angiogenic endothelial cells and least in angiogenic endothelial cultures of the regressing corpus luteum. Additionally, using specific antisense DIG-labelled probes, tissue kallikrein mRNA was demonstrated in cells of the angiogenic phenotype. Immunolabelled kinin B2 receptors, but not kinin B1 receptors, were visualised on angiogenic endothelial cells. Our results suggest an important regulatory role for kinins in the multiple steps of the angiogenic cascade that may occur in wound healing and cancer cell growth.

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