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Exp Cell Res. 2004 Mar 10;294(1):172-84.

Extracellular fragment of brain-specific angiogenesis inhibitor 1 suppresses endothelial cell proliferation by blocking alphavbeta5 integrin.

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Dental Science Research Institute, Chonnam National University, Kwangju 501-190, South Korea.


Brain-specific angiogenesis inhibitor 1 (BAI1) is a transmembrane protein with anti-angiogenic activity. The mechanisms underlying BAI1 activity are unknown. In this study, we found that overexpression of BAI1 increased cell death in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and, to a lesser degree, in SHSY5Y and U343 cells. Conditioned medium from BAI1-transfected U343 cells inhibited proliferation of HUVECs, and this effect was neutralized by addition of anti-BAI1 serum. The conditioned medium contained four cleavage products of the BAI1 extracellular domain. BAI1's middle extracellular region containing five thrombospondin type 1 repeats (BAI1-TSR) was sufficient for BAI1's antiproliferative effect on HUVECs. BAI1's action on HUVECs was blocked by anti-alpha(v) integrin, but not by anti-CD36 antibody treatment. Introduction of alpha(v)beta(5) integrin into HEK293 cells rendered them susceptible to cell death by BAI1, and BAI1-TSR bound with alpha(v)beta(5) integrin, but not to alpha(v)beta(3) integrin in brain tissue. Fluorescent BAI1-TSR colocalized with alpha(v)beta(5) integrin in HUVECs. Together, our results indicate that BAI1 has antiproliferative action on surrounding endothelial cells by blocking alpha(v)beta(5) integrin, and its active region is BAI1-TSR. BAI1-TSR could be valuable for regulating brain angiogenesis.

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