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Am J Surg. 2011 Nov;202(5):553-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2011.06.025. Epub 2011 Sep 9.

Vascular smooth muscle cell migration induced by domains of thrombospondin-1 is differentially regulated.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA.



Thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) stimulates vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) migration via defined intracellular signaling pathways. The aim of this study was to examine the signaling pathways whereby TSP-1 folded domains (amino-terminal [NH(2)], procollagen homology [PCH], all 3 type 1 repeats [3TSR], and a single recombinant protein containing the 3rd type 2 repeat, the type 3 repeats, and the carboxyl-terminal [E3T3C1]) induce VSMC migration.


Quiescent VSMCs were pretreated with serum-free media or inhibitors: PP2 (c-Src), LY294002 (phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase), FPT (Ras), Y27632 (Rho kinase), SB202190 (p38 kinase), and PD98059 (extracellular signal-regulated kinase). Migration induced by serum-free media, TSP-1, NH(2), PCH, 3TSR, and E3T3C1 was assessed using a modified Boyden chamber.


TSP-1, NH(2), 3TSR, and E3T3C1 induced VSMC chemotaxis (P < .05), but PCH did not (P > .05). PP2, FPT, SB202190, and PD98059 attenuated chemotaxis stimulated by TSP-1, NH(2), 3TSR, and E3T3C1 (P < .05). LY294002 inhibited TSP-1-induced and E3T3C1-induced (P < .05) but not NH(2)-induced or 3TSR-induced (P > .05) chemotaxis. Y27632 inhibited NH(2)-induced, 3TSR-induced, and E3T3C1-induced (P < .05) but not TSP-1-induced (P > .05) induced chemotaxis.


TSP-1 folded domains are differentially dependent on intracellular signaling pathways to induce migration.

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