Plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1: Its structure, biological activity and role in tumorigenesis (Review)

Medical University of Ohio at Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, United States
International Journal of Molecular Medicine (Impact Factor: 2.09). 07/2004; 13(6):759-66. DOI: 10.3892/ijmm.13.6.759
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Plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 (PAI-1), is a unique member of serpin superfamily, the primary regulator of plasminogen activation and therefore essential factor regulating physiological thrombotic/fibrinolytic balance in vivo. Via interactions with integrins and extracellular matrix components it orchestrates also cell adhesion and migration. Therefore, PAI-1 is considered one of the key regulators of tumor invasion and metastasis, as well as cancer-related angiogenesis. This review summarizes recent findings on the structure and functional activity of the plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1, and current opinions on its role in tumorigenesis.

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    • "are the spesific point mutations that have been reported as a risk factors for the development of venous thrombosis for Factor V gene (Zaatari et al., 2006). The plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 gene (PAI-1) is an essential regulator of plasminogen activation and has been linked to the pathogenesis of lung carcinomas (Pavey et al., 1996; Chorostowska-Wynimko et al., 2004). The angiotensinconverting enzyme (ACE) is a zinc metallopeptidase that plays an important role in the blood pressure and inflammation. "
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    • "The fibrinolytic system also plays an important role in tumorigenesis. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is one of the key regulators of tumor invasion, metastasis and cancer related angiogenesis (Falanga and Rickles, 1999; Chorostowska-Wynimko et al., 2004). Whole blood thromboelastography (TEG Haemoscope) evaluates primary hemostasis, secondary hemostasis, the fibrinolytic system, and clot strength. "
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