The CXCL10/CXCR3 axis promotes cardiac microvascular endothelial cell migration via the p38/FAK pathway in a proliferation-independent manner

Jing Bo Xia, Cheng Zhou Mao, Zhuo Ying Chen, Guang Hui Liu, Hai Yan Wu, Deng Cheng Zhou, Kyu Sang Park, Hui Zhao, Soo Ki Kim, Dong Qing Cai, Xu Feng Qi

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CXCL10 is a chemokine with potent chemotactic activity for immune and non-immune cells expressing its receptor CXCR3. Previous studies have demonstrated that CXCL10 is involved in myocardial infarction. However, the role of CXCL10 in cardiac microvascular endothelial cell (CMEC) regulation and related mechanisms remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of CXCL10 on the CMEC migration and explored its potential molecular mechanism by wound healing, cell proliferation and viability analysis. Furthermore, migration-related signaling pathways, including FAK, Erk, p38 and Smad, were examined by Western blotting. We found that CXCL10 significantly promotes CMEC migration under normal conditions and during hypoxia/ischemia. However, no significant differences in CMEC proliferation and viability were observed with or without CXCL10 treatment. CXCL10-mediated CMEC migration was greatly blocked by treatment with an anti-CXCR3 antibody. Although CXCL10 treatment promoted phosphorylation and activation of the FAK, Erk, and p38 pathways during hypoxia/ischemia, CXCL10-mediated CMEC migration was significantly blocked by p38 and FAK inhibitors, but not by an Erk inhibitor. Furthermore, CXCL10-mediated FAK activation was suppressed by the p38 inhibitor. These findings indicated that the CXCL10/CXCR3 pathway promotes the migration of CMECs under normal conditions and during hypoxia/ischemia in a proliferation-independent manner, at least in part, through regulation of the p38/FAK pathways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-265
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental and Molecular Pathology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by grants from NSFC ( 81270183 , 81570222 ), Guangdong Natural Science Funds for Distinguished Young Scholar ( 2014A030306011 ), Guangdong Science and Technology Planning Project ( 2014A050503043 ), Guangdong Natural Science Foundation ( S2013010013598 ), New Star of Pearl River on Science and Technology of Guangzhou ( 2014J2200002 ), Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry ( 2013-693 ), and the Top Young Talents of Guangdong Province Special Support Program ( 87315007 ), China.

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© 2016 Elsevier Inc.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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