Protein kinase D1 regulates VEGF-A-induced αvβ3 integrin trafficking and endothelial cell migration

Laura di Blasio, Sara Droetto, Jim Norman, Federico Bussolino, Luca Primo

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The bidirectional communication between integrin αvβ3 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptors acts to integrate and coordinate endothelial cell (EC) activity during angiogenesis. However, the molecular mechanisms involved in this signaling crosstalk are only partially revealed. We have found that protein kinase D1 (PKD1) was activated by VEGF-A, but not by other angiogenic factors, and associated with αvβ3 integrin. Moreover, knockdown of PKD1 increased endocytosis of αvβ3 and reduced its return from endosomes to the plasma membrane leading to accumulation of the integrin in Rab5- and Rab4-positive endosomes. Consistent with this, PKD1 knockdown caused defects in focal complex formation and reduced EC migration in response to VEGF-A. Moreover, knockdown of PKD1 reduced EC motility on vitronectin, whereas migration on collagen I was not PKD1 dependent. These results suggest that PKD1-regulated αvβ3 trafficking contributes to the angiogenesis process by integrating VEGF-A signaling with extracellular matrix interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1107-1118
Number of pages12
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


  • Angiogenesis
  • Cell migration
  • Endocytosis
  • Integrins
  • Recycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Medicine(all)

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