PLCβ2 Promotes VEGF-Induced Vascular Permeability

Kathryn N. Phoenix, Zhichao Yue, Lixia Yue, Chunxia G. Cronin, Bruce T. Liang, Luke H. Hoeppner, Kevin P. Claffey

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Background: Regulation of vascular permeability is critical to maintaining tissue metabolic homeostasis. VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) is a key stimulus of vascular permeability in acute and chronic diseases including ischemia reperfusion injury, sepsis, and cancer. Identification of novel regulators of vascular permeability would allow for the development of effective targeted therapeutics for patients with unmet medical need. Methods: In vitro and in vivo models of VEGFA-induced vascular permeability, pathological permeability, quantitation of intracellular calcium release and cell entry, and phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate levels were evaluated with and without modulation of PLC (phospholipase C) β2. Results: Global knock-out of PLCβ2 in mice resulted in blockade of VEGFA-induced vascular permeability in vivo and transendothelial permeability in primary lung endothelial cells. Further work in an immortalized human microvascular cell line modulated with stable knockdown of PLCβ2 recapitulated the observations in the mouse model and primary cell assays. Additionally, loss of PLCβ2 limited both intracellular release and extracellular entry of calcium following VEGF stimulation as well as reduced basal and VEGFA-stimulated levels of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate compared to control cells. Finally, loss of PLCβ2 in both a hyperoxia-induced lung permeability model and a cardiac ischemia:reperfusion model resulted in improved animal outcomes when compared with wild-type controls. Conclusions: The results implicate PLCβ2 as a key positive regulator of VEGF-induced vascular permeability through regulation of both calcium flux and phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate levels at the cellular level. Targeting of PLCβ2 in a therapeutic setting may provide a novel approach to regulating vascular permeability in patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1229-1241
Number of pages13
JournalArteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2022

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by funding to K.P. Claffey from the National Institutes of Health (NIH; 2P01 HL070694-06A1) and the CT Department of Public Health. The contributions of L.H. Hoeppner were supported by funding from American Cancer Society (RSG-21-034-01-TBG), Windfeldt Cancer Research Award, and the Hormel Foundation.

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  • homeostasis
  • ischemia
  • permeability
  • reperfusion
  • vascular endothelial growth factor A

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural


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