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Evidence that heparin but not hirudin reduces PAI-1 expression in cultured human endothelial cells

01-may-1999 | Revista: Thrombosis Research

Orbe J, Montes R, Zabalegui N, Pérez-Ruiz A, Páramo JA.
Laboratory of Vascular Biology and Thrombosis, Haematology Service, School of Medicine, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.

Heparin and other antithrombotic drugs besides their anticoagulant action could have a profibrinolytic effect. We have analyzed the effect of unfractionated heparin (UFH) and hirudin on PAI-1 gene expression in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). Cells were stimulated with UFH (1 and 10 IU/ml) and hirudin (20 and 100 TIU/ml).

Samples were obtained before and 2, 6, and 24 hours after stimulation. mRNA analysis was conducted by reverse transcription followed by polymerase chain reaction, and PAI-1 antigen was determined by ELISA. Addition of UFH (10 IU/ml) to HUVEC resulted in a decrease of PAI-1 mRNA at 6 hours (40% reduction) and 24 hours (60% reduction) and PAI-1 antigen. Hirudin, however, did not modify significantly the PAI-1 mRNA nor the inhibitor secretion. The addition of UFH (10 or 100 IU/ml) to endotoxin-stimulated HUVEC also reduced the increased PAI-1 mRNA and antigen secretion (45%), whereas no effect could be observed with hirudin.

Our results suggest that UFH, but not hirudin, by reducing the endothelial expression of PAI-1 might have a profibrinolytic effect.

CITA DEL ARTÍCULO  Thromb Res. 1999 May 1;94(3):137-45

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