Cleavage of Focal Adhesion Kinase in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells Overexpressing Membrane-Type Matrix Metalloproteinases

Tomoko Shofuda, Ken Ichi Shofuda, Nicola Ferri, Richard D. Kenagy, Elaine W. Raines, Alexander W. Clowes

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Abstract

Background-Membrane-type matrix metalloproteinases (MT-MMPs) were initially identified as cell surface activators of MMP-2 (gelatinase A). We have reported that MTI-MMPs and MT3-MMPs are expressed by activated vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and play a role in the regulation of cell function. Overexpression of MT-MMPs results in cell rounding, decreased adherence, and increased migration. Because integrin-mediated cell adhesion regulates these events, we have investigated the functional relationship between MT-MMPs and focal adhesion assembly. Methods and Results-Using adenoviral vectors we show that overexpression of MT-MMPs reduces the number of focal contacts, whereas the cell surface expression of integrin subunits remains unchanged. The 125-kDa focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is cleaved resulting in a 90-kDa fragment under these conditions, and paxillin is partially dissociated from FAK after its cleavage. Pretreatment of cells with BB94, a synthetic MMP inhibitor, rescues cell adhesion and prevents changes in focal adhesions, supporting a potential role for MT-MMP enzymatic activities. Conclusions-This study provides the first evidence that MT-MMPs are not only important in matrix degradation but also may affect the function of focal adhesions through FAK cleavage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-844
Number of pages6
JournalArteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2004

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Membrane-Associated Matrix Metalloproteinases
Focal Adhesion Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
Vascular Smooth Muscle
Smooth Muscle Myocytes
Focal Adhesions
Cell Membrane
Matrix Metalloproteinases
Cell Adhesion
Integrins
Matrix Metalloproteinase 16
Paxillin
Matrix Metalloproteinase Inhibitors
Matrix Metalloproteinase 2

Keywords

  • Cell adhesion
  • Focal adhesion kinase
  • Integrin
  • MT1-MMP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Cleavage of Focal Adhesion Kinase in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells Overexpressing Membrane-Type Matrix Metalloproteinases. / Shofuda, Tomoko; Shofuda, Ken Ichi; Ferri, Nicola; Kenagy, Richard D.; Raines, Elaine W.; Clowes, Alexander W.

In: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, Vol. 24, No. 5, 05.2004, p. 839-844.

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Shofuda, Tomoko ; Shofuda, Ken Ichi ; Ferri, Nicola ; Kenagy, Richard D. ; Raines, Elaine W. ; Clowes, Alexander W. / Cleavage of Focal Adhesion Kinase in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells Overexpressing Membrane-Type Matrix Metalloproteinases. In: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 2004 ; Vol. 24, No. 5. pp. 839-844.
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