Scharpfenecker M, van Dinther M, Liu Z, van Bezooijen RL, Zhao Q, Pukac L et al.. BMP-9 signals via ALK1 and inhibits bFGF-induced endothelial cell proliferation and VEGF-stimulated angiogenesis. J Cell Sci 120: 964-972

Molecular Cell Biology Group , Leiden University, Leyden, South Holland, Netherlands
Journal of Cell Science (Impact Factor: 5.43). 04/2007; 120(Pt 6):964-72. DOI: 10.1242/jcs.002949
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Genetic studies in mice and humans have shown that the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) type-I receptor activin receptor-like kinase 1 (ALK1) and its co-receptor endoglin play an important role in vascular development and angiogenesis. Here, we demonstrate that ALK1 is a signalling receptor for bone morphogenetic protein-9 (BMP-9) in endothelial cells (ECs). BMP-9 bound with high affinity to ALK1 and endoglin, and weakly to the type-I receptor ALK2 and to the BMP type-II receptor (BMPR-II) and activin type-II receptor (ActR-II) in transfected COS cells. Binding of BMP-9 to ALK2 was greatly facilitated when BMPR-II or ActR-II were co-expressed. Whereas BMP-9 predominantly bound to ALK1 and BMPR-II in ECs, it bound to ALK2 and BMPR-II in myoblasts. In addition, we observed binding of BMP-9 to ALK1 and endoglin in glioblastoma cells. BMP-9 activated Smad1 and/or Smad5, and induced ID1 protein and endoglin mRNA expression in ECs. Furthermore, BMP-9 was found to inhibit basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF)-stimulated proliferation and migration of bovine aortic ECs (BAECs) and to block vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-induced angiogenesis. Taken together, these results suggest that BMP-9 is a physiological ALK1 ligand that plays an important role in the regulation of angiogenesis.

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    • "Multiple factors have been identified as endoglin ligands, including TGF-β1 and TGF-β3 [7], as well as BMP-9 and BMP-10 [19]. To investigate these signaling modalities, serum-starved HUVEC cells were exposed to either BMP-9 or TGF-β1. "
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    • "It is a membrane protein that is expressed on endothelial cells (ECs), and has a particularly strong affinity for BMP9 and BMP10 ligands [2]. BMP9 (which is present in serum) has been shown to signal through ACVRL1 in ECs and to inhibit angiogenesis in a context specific manner [3], [4]. Furthermore, binding of BMP9 to ACVRL1 (in complex with the BMP type 2 receptor) leads to phosphorylation of SMAD1/5/8 transcription factors which regulate downstream gene expression. "
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    • "BMP9 is a systemically available factor that functions in regulating vascular structure postnatally (Chen et al., 2013; Ricard et al., 2012), and has been shown to be either proangiogenic and anti-angiogenic in different assays (David et al., 2008; Scharpfenecker et al., 2007; Suzuki et al., 2010). While Bmp9 transcripts are not detected during digit regeneration, treating amputated digits with BMP9 (500 ng/µl) resulted in the complete inhibition of regeneration (Figure 2A). "
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