Thrombosis and haemostasis

A fibrin antibody binding to fibronectin induces potent inhibition of angiogenesis.

PMID 25252851


Antiserum from rabbits immunised with pure human fibrinogen was affinity purified on immobilised fibrin fragment E (FFE). This FFE antibody (Ab) induced significant growth inhibition of a human cancer xenograft in mice and suppression of tumour angiogenesis, leaving no formed vessels and only CD31-staining endothelial fragments in place. Tubule formation of HUVEC on MatrigelTM was also significantly inhibited by FFE Ab. Since MatrigelTM is fibrin-free, this effect implicated a different FFE Ab binding site than FFE. Flow cytometry of HUVEC showed that FFE Ab bound to HUVEC, but with a broad range of 55-98 %. Immunofluorescent staining of HUVEC explained this range, since FFE Ab was seen not to bind to human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) directly but instead to a matrix protein variably adherent to HUVEC. This protein was identified as fibronectin (FN) by appearance, staining with FN Ab, and by a FN knockdown study. Neither HUVEC nor matrix reacted with fibrin D-dimer (DD) Ab. Immunofluorescent stains of HUVEC matrix with FFE and FN Ab's showed that these Ab's bound to the same epitopes on FN, as also seen on Western blots of purified FN. These findings indicate the presence of an antigenic determinant in fibrinogen/FFE that is homologous with an epitope(s) in FN recognised by FFE Ab, and critical for angiogenesis in this xenograft. The FN epitope(s) remains to be identified, but the present findings can be used for the selection of the appropriate clones from mice immunised with fibrinogen which can facilitate this identification, and which may also be of clinical use.

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