Thrombin induces endocytosis of endoglin and type-II TGF-beta receptor and down-regulation of TGF-beta signaling in endothelial cells.

Tang H, Low B, Rutherford SA, Hao Q
Blood. 2005 105 (5): 1977-85

PMID: 15522964 · DOI:10.1182/blood-2004-08-3308

Thrombin activates protease-activated receptor 1 (PAR1) on endothelial cells (ECs) and is critical for angiogenesis and vascular development. However, the mechanism underlying the proangiogenic effect of thrombin has not been elucidated yet. Here, we report the discovery of a novel functional link between thrombin-PAR1 and transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) signaling pathways. We showed that thrombin via PAR1 induced the internalization of endoglin and type-II TGF-beta receptor (TbetaRII) but not type-I receptors in human ECs. This effect was mediated by protein kinase C-zeta (PKC-zeta) since specific inhibition of PKC-zeta caused an aggregation of endoglin or TbetaRII on cell surface and blocked their internalization by thrombin. Furthermore, acute and long-term pretreatment of ECs with thrombin or PAR1 peptide agonist suppressed the TGF-beta-induced serine phosphorylation of Smad2, a critical mediator of TGF-beta signaling. Moreover, activation of PAR1 led to a profound and spread cytosolic clustering formation of Smad2/3 and markedly prevented Smad2/3 nuclear translocation evoked by TGF-beta1. Since TGF-beta plays a crucial role in the resolution phase of angiogenesis, the down-regulation of TGF-beta signaling by thrombin-PAR1 pathway may provide a new insight into the mechanism of the proangiogenic effect of thrombin.

MeSH Terms (18)

Antigens, CD Aorta Down-Regulation Endocytosis Endoglin Endothelium, Vascular Humans Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases Receptor, PAR-1 Receptor, Transforming Growth Factor-beta Type II Receptors, Cell Surface Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled Receptors, Transforming Growth Factor beta Signal Transduction Thrombin Transforming Growth Factor beta Umbilical Veins Vascular Cell Adhesion Molecule-1

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