Immunohistochemical Identification And Localization Of Endogenous Endostatin And Its Related Peptides In Murine Tumors
Endostatin, a fragment of the C-terminal domain of mouse collagen XVIII, is a recently demonstrated endogenous inhibitor of tumor angiogenesis. Although endostatin can be detected in blood and urine of tumor-bearing as well as normal mice, the exact localization of the endogenous protein and its related peptides in tumor tissues is unknown. We used immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting to identify endostatin tissue location and staining patterns in tumor, as well as to determine the differences in the levels of endostatin expression between tumor cells (in vitro) and tumor tissues (in vivo). Using a specific polyclonal antibody against murine endostatin, we quantitatively determined the levels of endostatin in five murine mammary tumors and the KHT sarcoma by Western blotting. The staining patterns for this protein in tumor sections were examined histologically by immunohistochemistry. Our results show that: 1) Endogenous endostatin and its related peptides are widely distributed in all in vivo tumor types tested, but not in most of the cultured tumor cell lines. 2) Endogenous endostatin stained most tumor stromal components, including vessel walls, basement membranes, extracellular spaces, and tumor cells. 3) Staining patterns and localization of endostatin and thrombospondin-1 were similar in these tumor sections.
KeywordsRelated Peptide Collagen Xviii Murine Mammary Tumor Cellular Staining Related Fragment
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