Thrombin modulates the expression of a set of genes including thrombospondin-1 in human microvascular endothelial cells

Joseph N. McLaughlin, Maria R. Mazzoni, John H. Cleator, Laurie Earls, Ana Luisa Perdigoto, Joshua D. Brooks, James A.S. Muldowney, Douglas E. Vaughan, Heidi E. Hamm

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Thrombospondin-1 (THBS1) is a large extracellular matrix glycoprotein that affects vasculature systems such as platelet activation, angiogenesis, and wound healing. Increases in THBS1 expression have been liked to disease states including tumor progression, atherosclerosis, and arthritis. The present study focuses on the effects of thrombin activation of the G-protein-coupled, protease-activated receptor-1 (PAR-1) on THBS1 gene expression in the microvascular endothelium. Thrombin-induced changes in gene expression were characterized by microarray analysis of ∼11,000 different human genes in human microvascular endothelial cells (HMEC-1). Thrombin induced the expression of a set of at least 65 genes including THBS1. Changes in THBS1 mRNA correlated with an increase in the extracellular THBS1 protein concentration. The PAR-1-specific agonist peptide (TFLLRNK-PDK) mimicked thrombin stimulation of THBS1 expression, suggesting that thrombin signaling is through PAR-1. Further studies showed THBS1 expression was sensitive to pertussis toxin and protein kinase C inhibition indicating Gi/o- and Gq-mediated pathways. THBS1 up-regulation was also confirmed in human umbilical vein endothelial cells stimulated with thrombin. Analysis of the promoter region of THBS1 and other genes of similar expression profile identified from the microarray predicted an EBOX/EGRF transcription model. Expression of members of each family, MYC and EGR1, respectively, correlated with THBS1 expression. These results suggest thrombin formed at sites of vascular injury increases THBS1 expression into the extracellular matrix via activation of a PAR-1, G i/o, Gq, EBOX/ EGRF-signaling cascade, elucidating regulatory points that may play a role in increased THBS1 expression in disease states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22172-22180
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 10 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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