Down-regulation of monocyte tissue factor mediated by tissue factor pathway inhibitor and the low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein

J Biol Chem. 1999 Feb 19;274(8):4962-9. doi: 10.1074/jbc.274.8.4962.


Inflammatory mediators like bacterial lipopolysaccharide induce monocytes to express tissue factor (TF), the cell-surface protein that triggers the blood clotting cascade in hemostasis and thrombotic disease. The physiologic ligand for TF is the serine protease, factor VIIa (FVIIa), and the resulting bimolecular enzyme, TF/FVIIa, can be reversibly inhibited by tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI). Culturing monocytic cells in the presence of both FVIIa and TFPI caused down-regulation of TF expression via reducing its half-life. To exert this effect, FVIIa had to be competent to bind both TF and TFPI, and TFPI had to contain the C-terminal domain required for binding to other cell-surface receptors, including the low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein (LRP). TF down-regulation by FVIIa plus TFPI was abrogated by the 39-kDa receptor-associated protein, which blocks binding of all known ligands to LRP. Furthermore, treatment with FVIIa plus TFPI caused monocyte TF to colocalize with alpha-adaptin, a component of clathrin-coated pits. Thus, in addition to reversibly inhibiting TF/FVIIa catalytic activity, TFPI also mediates the permanent down-regulation of cell-surface TF in monocytic cells via LRP-dependent internalization and degradation. This represents an unusual mechanism for receptor internalization, requiring ligand-dependent bridging of one cell-surface receptor (TF) to a second cell-surface receptor (LRP), the latter being capable of clathrin-mediated internalization.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Cell Line
  • Clathrin / metabolism
  • Detergents
  • Down-Regulation*
  • Endocytosis
  • Factor VIIa / metabolism
  • Lipoproteins / chemistry
  • Lipoproteins / metabolism*
  • Low Density Lipoprotein Receptor-Related Protein-1
  • Monocytes / metabolism*
  • Protein Conformation
  • Receptors, Immunologic / metabolism*
  • Solubility
  • Thromboplastin / metabolism*


  • Clathrin
  • Detergents
  • Lipoproteins
  • Low Density Lipoprotein Receptor-Related Protein-1
  • Receptors, Immunologic
  • lipoprotein-associated coagulation inhibitor
  • Thromboplastin
  • Factor VIIa