Differential modulation of vascular cell integrin and extracellular matrix expression in vitro by TGF-beta 1 correlates with reciprocal effects on cell migration

J Cell Physiol. 1992 Oct;153(1):118-28. doi: 10.1002/jcp.1041530116.


In vitro, BAEC and BASMC migratory phenotypes are known to be reciprocally modulated by both soluble factors and extracellular matrix proteins. In addition, integrin matrix receptors mediate endothelial and smooth muscle cell attachment and migration. To further elucidate these phenomena, we studied the effects of TGF-beta 1 on integrin expression by vascular BASMC and BAEC in tissue culture. TGF-beta 1 upregulated mRNA levels and surface pools of BASMC beta 3 integrin classes without modulating beta 1 integrin mRNA levels or expression of beta 1 integrin organization. In contrast to its effects on BASMC, TGF-beta 1 increased BAEC mRNA levels and surface expression of beta 1 and beta 3 integrins without altering their organization. Conversely, extracellular matrix components (fibronectin, laminin, and fibrinogen) organized cell surface integrins in both BASMC and BAEC without affecting the size of their cell surface pools. These data are consistent with the hypothesis that SMC and EC behavior in neointimal lesions may be modulated, in part, through a coordination of soluble factor and extracellular matrix protein regulation of integrin surface expression and organization.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aorta / cytology
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Cattle
  • Cell Movement / drug effects
  • Cells, Cultured
  • DNA Probes / genetics
  • Endothelium, Vascular / drug effects
  • Endothelium, Vascular / metabolism*
  • Extracellular Matrix / drug effects
  • Extracellular Matrix / metabolism
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Gene Expression Regulation / drug effects*
  • Integrins / genetics*
  • Muscle, Smooth, Vascular / drug effects
  • Muscle, Smooth, Vascular / metabolism*
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta / pharmacology*


  • DNA Probes
  • Integrins
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta