Evidence for proteinase-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2)-mediated mitogenesis in coronary artery smooth muscle cells.


1. This study investigates, whether in addition to the thrombin receptor (PAR-1), the proteinase-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2) is present in vascular smooth muscle cells (SMC) and mediates mitogenesis. PAR-2 is activated by low concentrations of trypsin and the synthetic peptide SLIGRL. 2. Stimulation of bovine coronary artery SMC by trypsin (2 nM) caused a… (More)