The pseudopeptide HB-19 binds to cell surface nucleolin and inhibits angiogenesis

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Charalampos Birmpas Jean Paul Briand Josẻ Courty Panagiotis Katsoris



Nucleolin is a protein over-expressed on the surface of tumor and endothelial cells. Recent studies have underlined the involvement of cell surface nucleolin in tumor growth and angiogenesis. This cell surface molecule serves as a receptor for various ligands implicated in pathophysiological processes such as growth factors, cell adhesion molecules like integrins, selectins or laminin-1, lipoproteins and viruses (HIV and coxsackie B). HB-19 is a synthetic multimeric pseudopeptide that binds cell surface expressed nucleolin and inhibits both tumor growth and angiogenesis.

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In the present work, we further investigated the biological actions of pseudopeptide HB-19 on HUVECs. In a previous work, we have shown that HB-19 inhibits the in vivoangiogenesis on the chicken embryo CAM assay. We now provide evidence that HB-19 inhibits the in vitroadhesion, migration and proliferation of HUVECs without inducing their apoptosis. The above biological actions seem to be regulated by SRC, ERK1/2, AKT and FAK kinases as we found that HB-19 inhibits their activation in HUVECs. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play crucial roles in tumor growth and angiogenesis, so we investigated the effect of HB-19 on the expression of MMP-2 and we found that HB-19 downregulates MMP-2 in HUVECs. Finally, down regulation of nucleolin using siRNA confirmed the implication of nucleolin in the biological actions of these peptides.


Taken together, these results indicate that HB-19 could constitute an interesting tool for tumor therapy strategy, targeting cell surface nucleolin.

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BIRMPAS, Charalampos et al. The pseudopeptide HB-19 binds to cell surface nucleolin and inhibits angiogenesis. Vascular Cell, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 21, dec. 2012. ISSN 2045-824X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 jan. 2022. doi:
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