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Minocycline, a tetracycline antibiotic, is known to exert vasculoprotective effects independent of its anti-bacterial properties; however the underlying molecular mechanisms are not completely understood. Reversion Inducing Cysteine Rich Protein with Kazal Motifs (RECK) is a cell surface expressed, membrane anchored protein, and its overexpression inhibits cancer cell migration. We hypothesized that minocycline inhibits platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-induced human aortic smooth muscle cell (SMC) proliferation and migration via RECK upregulation. Our data show that the BB homodimer of recombinant PDGF (PDGF-BB) induced SMC migration and proliferation, effects significantly blunted by pre-treatment with minocycline. Further investigations revealed that PDGF-BB induced PI3K-dependent AKT activation, ERK activation, reactive oxygen species generation, Nuclear Factor-κB and Activator Protein-1 activation, microRNA (miR)-221 and miR-222 induction, RECK suppression, and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP2 and 9) activation, effects that were reversed by minocycline. Notably, minocycline induced RECK expression dose-dependently within the therapeutic dose of 1–100 μM, and silencing RECK partially reversed the inhibitory effects of minocycline on PDGF-BB-induced MMP activation, and SMC proliferation and migration. Further, targeting MMP2 and MMP9 blunted PDGF-BB-induced SMC migration. Together, these results demonstrate that minocycline inhibits PDGF-BB-induced SMC proliferation and migration by restoring RECK, an MMP inhibitor. These results indicate that the induction of RECK is one of the mechanisms by which minocycline exerts vasculoprotective effects.


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Cellular Signalling



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Office of Human Genetics



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