Histochemistry and Cell Biology

, Volume 134, Issue 6, pp 581–589 | Cite as

LINE-1 retrotransposition events affect endothelial proliferation and migration

  • Ferya Banaz-Yaşar
  • Gyde Steffen
  • Jessica Hauschild
  • Birthe M. Bongartz
  • Gerald G. Schumann
  • Süleyman Ergün
Original Paper


Long interspersed nuclear element-1 (LINE-1, L1) is a retrotransposon which affects the human genome by a variety of mechanisms. While LINE-1 expression is suppressed in the most somatic human cells, LINE-1 elements are activated in human cancer. Recently, high accumulation of LINE-1-encoded ORF1p and ORF2p in endothelial cells of mature human blood vessels was described. Here, we demonstrate that LINE-1 de novo retrotransposition events lead to a reduction of endothelial cell proliferation and migration in a porcine aortic endothelial (PAE) cell model. Cell cycle studies show a G0/G1 arrest in PAE cells harboring LINE-1 de novo retrotransposition events. Remarkably, in in situ analysis LINE-1-encoded ORF2p was not detectable in tumor blood vessels of different human organs while vascular endothelial cells of corresponding normal organs strongly expressed LINE-1 ORF2p. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis revealed that LINE-1 de novo retrotransposition influences selectively the expression of some angiogenic factors such as VEGF and Tie-2. Thus, our data suggest that LINE-1 de novo retrotransposition events might suppress angiogenesis and tumor vascularisation by reducing the angiogenic capacity of vascular endothelial cells.


LINE-1 Retrotransposon Endothelial cells PAE Endothelial cell proliferation and migration 



Long interspersed nuclear element-1


Porcine aortic endothelial cells


Open reading frame 1


Open reading frame 2


Open reading frame-encoded protein


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ferya Banaz-Yaşar
    • 1
  • Gyde Steffen
    • 2
  • Jessica Hauschild
    • 2
  • Birthe M. Bongartz
    • 1
  • Gerald G. Schumann
    • 3
  • Süleyman Ergün
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of AnatomyUniversity Hospital EssenEssenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Anatomy IUniversity Hospital Hamburg-EppendorfHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Paul-Ehrlich-InstituteLangenGermany

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