Glucose-induced endothelial heparanase secretion requires cortical and stress actin reorganization

Fang Wang, Ying Wang, Min Suk Kim, Prasanth Puthanveetil, Sanjoy Ghosh, Dan S. Luciani, James D. Johnson, Ashraf Abrahani, Brian Rodrigues

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Aims Heparanase, which specifically cleaves carbohydrate chains of heparan sulfate, has been implicated in the pathology of diabetes-associated complications. Using high glucose (HG) to replicate hyperglycaemia observed following diabetes, the present study was designed to determine the mechanism by which HG initiates endothelial heparanase secretion. Method and resultsTo examine the effect of HG on endothelial heparanase, bovine coronary artery endothelial cells were incubated with 25 mM glucose. Strategies using different agonists and antagonists were used to determine the mechanism behind HG-induced heparanase secretion. In endothelial cells, heparanase colocalized with lysosomes predominately around the nucleus, and HG caused its dispersion towards the plasma membrane for subsequent secretion. ATP release, purinergic receptor activation, cortical actin disassembly, and stress actin formation were essential for this HG-induced heparanase secretion. With HG, phosphorylation of filamin likely contributed to the cortical actin disassembly, whereas Ca 2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase/heat shock protein 25 phosphorylation mediated stress actin formation. The endothelial secreted heparanase in response to HG demonstrated endoglucuronidase activity, cleaved heparan sulfate, and released attached proteins like lipoprotein lipase and basic fibroblast growth factor. Conclusion Our results suggest that HG is a potent stimulator of endothelial heparanase secretion. These data may assist in devising new therapeutic strategies to prevent or delay the cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-136
Number of pages10
JournalCardiovascular Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2010

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by operating grants from the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. F.W., P.P., and M.S.K. are the recipients of Doctoral Student Research Awards from the Canadian Diabetes Association. M.S.K. also received a Doctoral Student Research Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.


  • Cytoskeleton
  • Diabetes
  • Endothelial cell
  • Heparan sulfate
  • High glucose


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