Neuropsin is a serine protease cloned from the mouse hippocampus. Since neuropsin is a secreted protein which effectively cleaves fibronectin, it may affect cell adhesion or cell migration by modulating the content and/or chemical characteriscs of fibronectin in extracellular matrix (ECM). In adhesion assays, α5B2 cells expressing integrin α5β1 bound less effectively to fibronectin teated with neuropsin than intact fibronectin. In Boyden chamber chemotaxis assays, the fibronectin-induced migration of α5B2 cells was not affected by neuropsin treatment. These findings suggest that neuropsin regulates the local microenvironment by modulating the interaction between cells and fibronectin in ECM.
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