The effect of fibrin on cultured vascular endothelial cells

Tissue Cell. 1979;11(1):99-108. doi: 10.1016/0040-8166(79)90010-7.


The normal cobblestone monolayer architecture of cultured vascular endothelium becomes rapidly disorganized after contact of the cell layer with a fibrin clot. The cells of a confluent endothelial monolayer separate into individual migratory cells in 4--6 hr after contact with fibrin. The effect is reversible in that removal of the fibrin clot results in resumption of the normal morphology within about 2 hr. No other cell type tested exhibits the same change in organization when exposed to fibrin. A similar morphological change in endothelium does occur after the cell layer is overlaid with a collagen fibril gel but a gel of methylcellulose has no effect. It is proposed that the change in behavior of endothelial cells in response to contact with fibrin may represent a cellular component of fibrinolysis. The implications of this finding for the pathophysiology of disease states involving intravascular fibrin deposition are discussed.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aorta
  • Cattle
  • Cell Movement / drug effects
  • Culture Techniques
  • Endothelium / cytology
  • Endothelium / drug effects*
  • Fibrin / pharmacology*
  • Motion Pictures
  • Time Factors


  • Fibrin