Tissue Factor Biological Functions : Coagulation Activity in Microparticles and Signaling with Focus On Migration and Apoptosis

Sammanfattning: Background: Tissue factor (TF) is a 47 kDa transmembrane glycoprotein known as the main initiator of blood coagulation. TF is over-expressed on many malignant cells and apart from increasing the risk of thrombosis, the presence of TF/FVIIa also promotes the progression of cancer and metastasis by intracellular signaling. TF expressing microparticles (MP) are, moreover, often found in the circulation of cancer patients.Aim: The aim of this thesis was to study different aspects of TF activity, e.g. the importance of procoagulant MP and TF-induced intracellular signaling pathways, with focus on cell migration (chemotaxis) and apoptosis.Results: The TF signaling complexes were shown to prevent apoptosis induced by serum starvation and TRAIL in cancer cells by reduced activation of caspase-8 in a PI3k/AKT-dependent manner. FVIIa also decreased transcription of pro-apoptotic genes in cancer cells treated with TRAIL. Simvastatin triggered apoptosis by transcriptional reduction of BCL-2 due to cytosolic retention of NFκB. Simvastatin also inactivated the PI3k/AKT pathway and reduced the production of the MP-like prostasomes which, respectively, impaired the anti-apoptotic signaling by TF and reduced the procoagulant activity in the vicinity of prostate cancer cells. Intracellular events conducted by the TF/FVIIa complex selectively enhanced PDGF-BB induced chemotaxis which was partly explained by the TF/FVIIa-induced transactivation of the PDGFβ-receptor. This was dependent on Src-family members and engagement of PAR2.Conclusions: The results presented in this thesis extend the current knowledge of TF-mediated signaling. We report the TF complexes to govern the extrinsic pathway of apoptosis, present data on FVIIa-dependent regulation of apoptosis-related genes, and exclude known surface proteins as transmitters of the anti-apoptotic signals. We moreover describe TF/FVIIa to transactivate the PDGFβ-receptor and play a decisive role in the potentiated chemotaxis toward PDGF-BB in a number of cell types. Finally, we explain the mechanism behind simvastatin-induced apoptosis in cancer cells and how statins interfere with TF-dependent signaling and coagulation.