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J Cell Sci. 2009 May 15;122(Pt 10):1495-8. doi: 10.1242/jcs.047894. Epub 2009 Apr 21.

Participation of the lipoprotein receptor LRP1 in hypoxia-HSP90alpha autocrine signaling to promote keratinocyte migration.

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Department of Dermatology and the USC-Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA.


Hypoxia is a microenvironmental stress in many pathological conditions, including wound healing and tumor invasion. Under hypoxia, the cells are forced to adapt alternative and self-supporting mechanisms. Understanding these mechanisms may lead to new insights into human disorders. We report here a novel autocrine signaling mechanism by which hypoxia promotes human keratinocyte (HK) migration. First, hypoxia triggers HKs to secrete heat shock protein 90-alpha (HSP90alpha) via a HIF1-dependent pathway. The secreted HSP90alpha in turn promotes migration, but not proliferation, of the cells. Disruption of the secretion or extracellular function of HSP90alpha blocked hypoxia-stimulated HK migration. The ubiquitously expressed surface receptor, LRP1 (LDL-receptor-related protein 1), mediates the HSP90alpha signaling. Inhibition of LRP1 binding to extracellular HSP90alpha by neutralizing antibodies or genetic silencing of the LRP1 receptor by RNAi completely nullified hypoxia-driven HK migration. Finally, re-introducing a RNAi-resistant LRP1 cDNA into LRP1-downregulated HKs rescued the motogenic response of the cells to hypoxia. We propose that the hypoxia-HSP90alpha-LRP1 autocrine loop provides previously unrecognized therapeutic targets for human disorders such as chronic wounds and cancer invasion.

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