Many proteins in the fibrinolysis pathway contain antiangiogenic kringle domains. Owing to the high degree of homology between kringle domains, there has been a safety concern that antiangiogenic kringles could interact with common kringle proteins during fibrinolysis leading to adverse effects in vivo. To address this issue, we investigated the effects of several antiangiogenic kringle proteins including angiostatin, apolipoprotein(a) kringles IV 9-IV10-V (LK68), apolipoprotein(a) kringle V (rhLK8) and a derivative of rhLK8 mutated to produce a functional lysine-binding site (Lys-rhLK8) on the entire fibrinolytic process in vitro and analyzed the role of lysine binding. Angiostatin, LK68 and Lys-rhLK8 increased clot lysis time in a dose-dependent manner, inhibited tissue-type plasminogen activator-mediated plasminogen activation on a thrombin-modified fibrinogen (TMF) surface, showed binding to TMF and significantly decreased the amount of plasminogen bound to TMF. The inhibition of fibrinolysis by these proteins appears to be dependent on their functional lysine-binding sites. However, rhLK8 had no effect on these processes owing to an inability to bind lysine. Collectively, these results indicate that antiangiogenic kringles without lysine binding sites might be safer with respect to physiological fibrinolysis than lysinebinding antiangiogenic kringles. However, the clinical significance of these findings will require further validation in vivo.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Clinical Biochemistry