Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is an important cytokine in the modulation of inflammatory and immune responses, but its role in coagulation remains to be elucidated. In this study, we investigated the potential role of MIF in coagulation through its influence on two factors, thrombomodulin (TM) and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1). Recombinant human MIF was added to human microvascular endothelial cell line (HMEC-1) to investigate its influence on the expression of TM and ICAM-1. The results showed that both TM and ICAM-1 were induced with MIF addition in a dose-dependent and time-dependent manner. The expression of ICAM-1 and TM was increased as MIF doses were increased, with the highest expression seen at 12 hr after 400 ng/ml of MIF treatment. Besides, anti-MIF antibody treatment reduced the TM expression in HMEC-1 cells. In conclusion, our data support a role of MIF as an important factor in the regulation of coagulation.
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