Angiopoietin-2 Stimulation of Endothelial Cells Induces v 3 Integrin Internalization and Degradation

Joint Research Division Vascular Biology, Medical Faculty Mannheim (CBTM), Heidelberg University, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 07/2010; 285(31):23842-9. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M109.097543
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ABSTRACT The angiopoietins (Ang-1 and Ang-2) have been identified as agonistic and antagonistic ligands of the endothelial receptor tyrosine kinase Tie2, respectively. Both ligands have been demonstrated to induce translocation of Tie2 to cell-cell junctions. However, only Ang-1 induces Tie2-dependent Akt activation and subsequent survival signaling and endothelial quiescence. Ang-2 interferes negatively with Ang-1/Tie2 signaling, thereby antagonizing the Ang-1/Tie2 axis. Here, we show that both Ang-1 and Ang-2 recruit beta3 integrins to Tie2. This co-localization is most prominent in cell-cell junctions. However, only Ang-2 stimulation resulted in complex formation among Tie2, alphavbeta3 integrin, and focal adhesion kinase as evidenced by co-immunoprecipitation experiments. Focal adhesion kinase was phosphorylated in the FAT domain at Ser(910) upon Ang-2 stimulation and the adaptor proteins p130Cas and talin dissociated from alphavbeta3 integrin. The alphavbeta3 integrin was internalized, ubiquitinylated, and gated toward lysosomes. Taken together, the experiments define Tie2/alphavbeta3 integrin association-induced integrin internalization and degradation as mechanistic consequences of endothelial Ang-2 stimulation.

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