Constitutive gene expression of four components of plasminogen activating enzyme system, urinary and tissue-type plasminogen activator (u-PA and t-PA), plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) and PAI-2 in HT-1080 human fibrosarcoma cells, was modulated by the synthetic glucocorticoid dexamethasone (Dex, 10(-7) M). More than 90% of u-PA, t-PA and PAI-1 antigen was found in conditioned medium, whereas PAI-2 was mainly cell associated. In 48-h culture supernatants (expressed per 10(6) cells) PAI-1 antigen increased from 350 to 3,300 ng and t-PA from 19 to 38 ng. u-PA and PAI-2 in the same samples decreased from 380 to 46 ng and from 3.5 to 1.8 ng, respectively. Northern blot hybridization and nuclear "Run-on" transcription assays demonstrated that the increase of t-PA and PAI-1 and the decrease of u-PA were associated with equivalent changes of gene template activity. Modulation of u-PA, t-PA and PAI-1 gene expression by Dex was completely blocked by the glucocorticoid antagonist RU 38486, suggesting that all effects were mediated through the glucocorticoid receptor. Cycloheximide, an inhibitor of protein biosynthesis induced a rapid transient increase of t-PA, u-PA and PAI-1 mRNA and a sustained increase of PAI-2 mRNA, but blocked the more long term effects of Dex, suggesting that both constitutive and hormonally regulated maintenance of mRNA steady state levels required protein biosynthesis.
Glucocorticoid-modulated gene expression of tissue- and urinary-type plasminogen activator and plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 and 2.
R L Medcalf, E Van den Berg, W D Schleuning; Glucocorticoid-modulated gene expression of tissue- and urinary-type plasminogen activator and plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 and 2.. J Cell Biol 1 March 1988; 106 (3): 971–978. doi: https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.106.3.971
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