Metalloproteinase pregnancy-associated plasma protein A is a critical growth regulatory factor during fetal development

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  • Cheryl A Conover, The Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition, Endocrine Research Unit, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.
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  • Laurie K Bale
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  • Michael T Overgaard, Denmark
  • Edward W Johnstone
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  • Ulla H Laursen
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  • Ernst-Martin Füchtbauer
  • Claus Oxvig
  • Jan van Deursen
Pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPPA) is a metzincin superfamily metalloproteinase in the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system. PAPPA increases IGF bioavailability and mitogenic effectiveness in vitro through regulated cleavage of IGF-binding protein 4 (IGFBP4). To determine its function in vivo, we generated PAPPA-null mice by gene targeting. Mice homozygous for targeted disruption of the PAPPA gene were viable but 60% the size of wild-type littermates at birth. The impact of the mutation was exerted during the early embryonic period prior to organogenesis, resulting in proportional dwarfism. PAPPA, IGF2 and IGFBP4 transcripts co-localized in wild-type embryos, and expression of IGF2 and IGFBP4 mRNA was not altered in PAPPA-deficient embryos. However, IGFBP4 proteolytic activity was completely lacking in fibroblasts derived from PAPPA-deficient embryos, and IGFBP4 effectively inhibited IGF-stimulated mitogenesis in these cells. These results provide the first direct evidence that PAPPA is an essential growth regulatory factor in vivo, and suggest a novel mechanism for regulated IGF bioavailability during early fetal development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1187-1194
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

    Research areas

  • Animals, Base Sequence, Bone Development, DNA, Complementary, Embryonic and Fetal Development, Female, Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental, Gene Targeting, In Situ Hybridization, Insulin-Like Growth Factor Binding Protein 4, Insulin-Like Growth Factor II, Mice, Mice, Knockout, Pregnancy, Pregnancy-Associated Plasma Protein-A, RNA, Messenger

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