The Thrombospondins

School of Biochemistry, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TD, United Kingdom.
Cold Spring Harbor perspectives in biology (Impact Factor: 8.68). 08/2011; 3(10):a009712. DOI: 10.1101/cshperspect.a009712
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Thrombospondins are evolutionarily conserved, calcium-binding glycoproteins that undergo transient or longer-term interactions with other extracellular matrix components. They share properties with other matrix molecules, cytokines, adaptor proteins, and chaperones, modulate the organization of collagen fibrils, and bind and localize an array of growth factors or proteases. At cell surfaces, interactions with an array of receptors activate cell-dependent signaling and phenotypic outcomes. Through these dynamic, pleiotropic, and context-dependent pathways, mammalian thrombospondins contribute to wound healing and angiogenesis, vessel wall biology, connective tissue organization, and synaptogenesis. We overview the domain organization and structure of thrombospondins, key features of their evolution, and their cell biology. We discuss their roles in vivo, associations with human disease, and ongoing translational applications. In many respects, we are only beginning to appreciate the important roles of these proteins in physiology and pathology.

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    • "To determine whether or not TSPs affect STIM1 function, we overexpressed COMP in HEK 293 cells, which express endogenous STIM1, but not endogenous TSPs. We chose COMP for these studies because it lacks the N-terminal domain and the type 1 repeats that are found in other TSPs and have been shown to mediate numerous cellular functions (Adams and Lawler, 2011). Interestingly, stable over-expression of COMP in HEK 293 cells resulted in a variable (25 ± 15%, n = 8, p = 0.0038) increase in total STIM1 expression (Fig. 2D). "
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    ABSTRACT: The thrombospondins (TSPs) are a family of matricellular proteins that regulate cellular phenotype through interactions with a myriad of other proteins and proteoglycans. We have identified a novel interaction of the members of the TSP gene family with stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1). This association is robust since it is preserved in Triton X-100, can be detected with multiple anti-TSP-1 and anti-STIM1 antibodies, and is detected in a wide range of cell types. We have also found that STIM1 co-immunoprecipitates with TSP-4 and cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP), and that a recombinant version of the N-terminal domain of STIM1 binds to the signature domain of TSP-1 and COMP. The association of the TSPs with STIM1 is observed in both the presence and absence of calcium indicating that the calcium-dependent conformation of the signature domain of TSPs is not required for binding. Thus, this interaction could occur in the ER under conditions of normal or low calcium concentration. Furthermore, we observed that the expression of COMP in HEK 293 cells decreases STIM1-mediated calcium release activated calcium (CRAC) channel currents and increases arachidonic acid calcium (ARC) channel currents. These data indicate that the TSPs regulate STIM1 function and participate in the reciprocal regulation of two channels that mediate calcium entry into the cell.
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    • "Thrombospondins are a multimeric, multidomain, and multifunctional family of proteins that are secreted by a variety of cells during normal and pathological conditions, and can subsequently be incorporated into the extracellular matrix [9]. All five members of the TSP family share a common C-terminal domain containing a VVM motif that mediates cell binding to CD47 [4], [9]. The 10-mer KRFYVVMWKK peptide, commonly known as 4N1K, is derived from the C-terminal globular domain that was characterized as the main site responsible for TSP-mediated cell adhesion [10], [11]. "
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    • "Proteomic analysis and expression studies suggest that additional matricellular proteins might contribute to heart development. One such protein is Thrombospondin (Tsp); the Drosophila genome contains a single tsp gene, which is most closely homologous to mammalian Tsp4 and Tsp3 (Adams and Lawler, 2011). In embryos, the most prominent cells expressing Tsp are tendon cells, and Tsp had been shown to regulate the correct formation of the myo-tendinous junction by directing proper distribution of ECM components into this site. "
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