Roles of the tissue-type plasminogen activator in immune response.

Le 01 Déc 2021

Auteur : Seillier C, Hélie P, Petit G, Vivien D, Clemente D, Le Mauff B, Docagne F, Toutirais O

Année : 2021

Journal : Cell Immunol 1090-2163

PubMed Id : 34781155

The COVID-19 pandemic has once again brought to the forefront the existence of a tight link between the coagulation/fibrinolytic system and the immunologic processes. Tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) is a serine protease with a key role in fibrinolysis by converting plasminogen into plasmin that can finally degrade fibrin clots. tPA is released in the blood by endothelial cells and hepatocytes but is also produced by various types of immune cells including T cells and monocytes. Beyond its role on hemostasis, tPA is also a potent modulator of inflammation and is involved in the regulation of several inflammatory diseases. Here, after a brief description of tPA structure, we review its new functions in adaptive immunity focusing on T cells and antigen presenting cells. We intend to synthesize the recent knowledge on proteolysis- and receptor-mediated effects of tPA on immune response in physiological and pathological context.