Title: Tissue-type plasminogen activator deficiency exacerbates arthritis
Authors: Yang, Y H ×
Carmeliet, Peter
Hamilton, J A #
Issue Date: Jul-2001
Series Title: Journal of Immunology vol:167 issue:2 pages:1047-52
Abstract: Fibrin deposition, cell migration, and tissue remodeling are key components in the lesions of inflammatory joint diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. The plasminogen activators (PAs), namely, tissue-type PA (t-PA) and urokinase PA, are implicated in these aspects of an inflammatory response, although their precise roles are yet to be defined. We therefore used gene-deficient mice to explore their role in a two-stage arthritis model involving intraarticular methylated BSA injection, followed by systemic IL-1 treatment. We report in this study that both t-PA and urokinase PA are protective for the mild arthritis induced by intraarticular methylated BSA injection alone, since absence of either of them exacerbates the response; following s.c. IL-1 injection, t-PA(-/-) mice had particularly severe disease. Fibrin deposition appeared to parallel disease severity under the various conditions, suggesting that PA-mediated fibrinolysis may be normally playing a protective role in inflammatory joint disease.
ISSN: 0022-1767
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Molecular and Vascular Biology
Laboratory of Angiogenesis and Vascular Metabolism (VIB-KU Leuven Centre for Cancer Biology) (+)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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