Plasminogen activation stimulates an increase in intracellular calcium in human synovial fibroblasts.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Both plasminogen (Pg) and urinary-type Pg activator (u-PA), but not tissue-type Pg activator (t-PA), bind to normal and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) human synovial fibroblasts in culture with high affinity and in a dose-dependent manner. Single cell intracellular Ca2+ responses to Pg and u-PA were studied using Fura-2 and digital imaging fluorescence microscopy. Pg activation by u-PA on the surface of RA synovial fibroblasts induces a significant rise in cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i) within 90 s. Pg kringle 4 and the alpha 2,3-linked sialic acid in the carbohydrate chain bound to Thr245 are involved in mediating the increases in [Ca2+]i. This response is not observed in normal synovial fibroblasts, suggesting that RA synovial fibroblasts have altered responses to the binding and activation of Pg on their surfaces.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gonzalez-Gronow, M; Gawdi, G; Pizzo, SV

Published Date

  • October 5, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 268 / 28

Start / End Page

  • 20791 - 20795

PubMed ID

  • 8407906

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9258


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States