PDGF-stimulated fibroblast proliferation is enhanced synergistically by receptor-recognized alpha 2-macroglobulin.

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alpha-Macroglobulins derived from plasma or secreted by macrophages are platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) binding proteins that compete with cell-surface receptors on fibroblasts for PDGF binding. alpha 2-Macroglobulin (alpha 2M) derived from bovine plasma was tested for its ability to modulate the PDGF-induced proliferation of primary passage rat lung fibroblasts (RLFs) and a human skin fibroblast cell line (CRL 1508). Fibroblasts were grown in 10% fetal bovine serum (FBS) for 24 hr, then washed with serum-free medium before adding serum-free defined medium (SFDM) containing insulin and transferrin. To this medium were added varying concentrations of human plasma-derived AB-PDGF and alpha 2 M, alone or in combination. Receptor-recognized alpha 2M was prepared by treatment with methylamine. Both native alpha 2M and the alpha 2M-methylamine (alpha 2M-MA) were tested for growth promoting activity in the absence or presence of PDGF. After 3 days, a concentration-dependent growth curve of fibroblast proliferation was demonstrated for PDGF alone, with near maximal stimulation reached at 15-20 ng/ml PDGF. alpha 2M and alpha 2M-MA alone had no effect on cell proliferation. However, alpha 2M-MA concentrations above 32 micrograms/ml synergistically enhanced PDGF-stimulated proliferation greater than 100% in the presence of 15 ng/ml PDGF. Native alpha 2M enhanced PDGF-stimulated growth 80-100% above PDGF controls only at low concentrations (32-64 micrograms/ml alpha 2M). High concentrations of native alpha 2M (128-256 micrograms/ml) either had no effect on growth or were inhibitory to PDGF-stimulated growth, depending on the cell type tested. Rat lung fibroblasts were shown to secrete a factor(s) that inhibited the trypsin-binding capacity of native alpha 2M. We further demonstrated that early passage RLFs possess specific cell-surface receptors for [125I]-PDGF and [125I]-alpha 2M-MA, and preincubation of RLFs with alpha 2M-MA increased the specific binding of [125I]-PDGF to the cell surface of these fibroblasts. Considered together, these data support the view that receptor-recognized alpha 2M synergistically enhances the proliferative capacity of PDGF. We postulate that receptor-recognized alpha Ms enhance PDGF-stimulated growth by increasing the local concentration of PDGF at the cell surface, where the PDGF could be released in close proximity to its own receptors.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bonner, JC; Badgett, A; Osornio-Vargas, AR; Hoffman, M; Brody, AR

Published Date

  • October 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 145 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 8

PubMed ID

  • 1698792

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9541

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jcp.1041450102


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States