Characterization of keratinocyte plasminogen activator inhibitors and demonstration of the prevention of pemphigus IgG-induced acantholysis by a purified plasminogen activator inhibitor

K. Hashimoto, T. C. Wun, J. Baird, G. S. Lazarus, P. J. Jensen

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To investigate the mechanisms by which cutaneous plasminogen activator (PA) may be regulated, we have tested cultured keratinocytes for the presence of PA inhibitors. Using biosynthetic labeling experiments with 35S-methionine in conjunction with specific antibody precipitation, we have shown that human keratinocytes in culture synthesized and secreted both PA inhibitor 1 and PA inhibitor 2. PA inhibitor 1 was present in conditioned media in the inactive form, but it could be detected with reverse phase autography. PA inhibitor 2 was detected by its ability to form complexes with 125I-uPA. Potential therapeutic relevance for cutaneous PA inhibitor 2 was suggested in skin organ culture experiments which demonstrated that purified PA inhibitor 2 from human placenta was able to prevent the acantholytic changes induced by pemphigus IgG.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-314
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Dermatology
  • Cell Biology

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