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P-selectin, an important mediator of angiogenesis in females: the role of estradiol

Angiogenesis, or new blood vessel formation, is key in vasculoproliferative disorders including rheumatoid arthritis. Here we report that the mediation of angiogenesis by P-selectin, an important member of the selectin adhesion molecule family, is unexpectedly sex dependent. In vivo angiogenesis measured in a Matrigel plug, in a sponge granuloma, and in a corneal micropocket was consistently impaired in P-selectin gene deficient mice compared with wild-type mice, but only if the P-selectin-deficient mice were female. Estrogen appeared to be one significant mediator of P-selectin sensitivity. In vitro the chemotactic activity of soluble P-selectin for human dermal microvascular endothelial cells was augmented by 17β-estradiol (E2). Conversely, an antibody blockade of P-selectin reduced E2-induced sprout formation in female mouse corneal endothelial cell morphogenesis assays, inhibited E2-induced endothelial cell signaling via the Src and mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways, and decreased E2-induced secretion of angiogenic basic fibroblast growth factor. In addition to its classical roles in leucocyte extravasation, P-selectin may also contribute to a variety of inflammatory diseases as a sex-restricted angiogenic intermediary.

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Koch, A., Volpert, O., Volin, M. et al. P-selectin, an important mediator of angiogenesis in females: the role of estradiol. Arthritis Res Ther 6 (Suppl 3), 95 (2004).

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  • Corneal Endothelial Cell
  • Protein Kinase Pathway
  • Human Dermal Microvascular Endothelial Cell
  • Matrigel Plug
  • Gene Deficient Mouse