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Cancer Res. 2005 Nov 1;65(21):9705-11.

Proteolysis of CCN1 by plasmin: functional implications.

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Biomedical Research Division, The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, Tyler, Texas 75708, USA.


Plasmin is shown to play a crucial role in many pathophysiologic processes primarily through its ability to degrade extracellular matrix (ECM) and/or mobilizing growth factors that are sequestered in the ECM. Cysteine-rich 61 (CCN1) is a matricellular protein of which expression is up-regulated in cancer and various vascular diseases. The present study was undertaken to investigate whether plasmin liberates CCN1 from the ECM and whether the released growth factor modulates endothelial cell migration. Treatment of breast carcinoma cells (MDA-MB-231) with plasmin released a truncated form of CCN1 (28 kDa) into the overlying medium. Experiments with recombinant CCN1 confirmed that plasmin effectively cleaves CCN1. Thrombin and other clotting/fibrinolytic proteases are ineffective in cleaving CCN1. Further studies revealed that the conditioned medium of plasmin-treated carcinoma cells supports endothelial cell migration and that antibodies specific to CCN1 blocked this enhancing effect. These data were the first to show that plasmin can liberate a pluripotent matrix signaling protein, CCN1, from the ECM. Because both CCN1 and the components of the plasmin generation system are present in tumor cells and a variety of other cells, the proteolysis of CCN1 by plasmin may play a role in many pathophysiologic processes, including tumor cell-mediated angiogenesis.

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