Pro-angiogenic signaling by endothelial presence of CEA-related cell adhesion molecule-1 (CEACAM1)

Kilic N, Oliviera-Ferrer L, Loges S, Chalajour F, Weil J, Fernando M, Ergun S
Source: J Biol Chem
Publication Date: (2005)
Issue: 280(3): 2361-2369
Research Area:
Cancer Research/Cell Biology
Cells used in publication:
Endothelial, MV dermal (HMVEC-d), human
Species: human
Tissue Origin: dermal
Nucleofector® I/II/2b
Here, we demonstrate the expression of carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule-1 (CEACAM1) in angiogenic sprouts but not in large mother blood vessels within tumor tissue. Correspondingly, only human microvascular endothelial cells involved in in vitro tube formation exhibit CEACAM1. CEACAM1-overexpressing versus CEACAM1-silenced human microvascular endothelial cells were used in migration and tube formation assays. CEACAM1-overexpressing microvascular endothelial cells showed prolonged survival and increased tube formation when they were stimulated with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), whereas CEACAM1 silencing via small interfering RNA blocks these effects. Gene array and LightCycler analyses show an up-regulation of angiogenic factors such as VEGF, VEGF receptor 2, angiopoietin-1, angiopoietin-2, tie-2, angiogenin, and interleukin-8 but a down-regulation of collagen XVIII/endostatin and Tie-1 in CEACAM1-overexpressing microvascular endothelial cells. Western blot analyses confirm these results for VEGF and endostatin at the protein level. These results suggest that constitutive expression of CEACAM1 in microvascular endothelial cells switches them to an angiogenic phenotype, whereas CEACAM1 silencing apparently abrogates the VEGF-induced morphogenetic effects during capillary formation. Thus, strategies targeting the endothelial up-regulation of CEACAM1 might be promising for antiangiogenic tumor therapy.