Heterogeneity in VEGF Receptor-2 mobility and organization on the endothelial cell surface leads to diverse activation models by VEGF

Bruno Da Rocha-Azevedo, Sungsoo Lee, Aparajita Dasgupta, Anthony R. Vega, Luciana R. De Oliveira, Tae Kim, Mark Kittisopikul, Khuloud Jaqaman

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Abstract

The nanoscale organization of cell surface receptors plays an important role in signaling. We determined this organization and its relation to receptor activation for VEGF Receptor-2 (VEGFR-2), a critical receptor tyrosine kinase in endothelial cells (ECs), by combining live-cell single-molecule imaging of endogenous VEGFR-2 with rigorous computational analysis. We found that surface VEGFR-2 can be mobile or immobile/confined, and monomeric or non-monomeric, with a complex interplay between the two. The mobility and interaction heterogeneity of VEGFR-2 in the basal state led to heterogeneity in the sequence of steps leading to VEGFR-2 activation by VEGF. Specifically, we found that VEGF can bind to both monomeric and non-monomeric VEGFR-2, and, when binding to monomeric VEGFR-2, promotes dimer formation but only for immobile/confined receptors. Overall, our study highlights the dynamic and heterogeneous nature of cell surface receptor organization and its complex relationships with receptor activation and signaling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 10 2019

Keywords

  • Angiogenesis
  • Computational analysis
  • Multi-scale
  • Nanoscale
  • Particle tracking
  • Quantitative microscopy
  • Single-molecule imaging
  • Spatiotemporal
  • Stochastic
  • VEGFR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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