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Lindsey Miles, Ph.D.

Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology
Department of Molecular Medicine
California Campus
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(858) 784-7105

Research Focus

Regulation of the Plasminogen Activation System

Dr. Miles studies how interactions of proteolytic systems (specifically the plasminogen activation system) with cell surfaces modulate cellular function and how cells modulate protease systems via positive feedback mechanisms. Recently, using a proteomics approach and a monocyte progenitor cell line, Dr. Miles identified a novel protein, the plasminogen receptor, Plg-RKT, which has unique properties including a transmembrane topology with a carboxyl terminal lysine exposed on the cell surface in an orientation to bind plasminogen and stimulate plasminogen activation and is colocalized with and physically associates with the urokinase type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR). Ongoing research employs newly developed reagents including specific function-blocking anti-Plg-RKT antibodies, region specific peptide mimetics, and Plg-RKT protein expression systems to address the role of this new plasminogen receptor in inflammation and cancer progression.   


Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Awards & Professional Activities

American Heart Association Special Recognition Award in Thrombosis (2004)
American Heart Association, National Thrombosis Study Group;
American Heart Association, Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Women's Leadership Committee, Chair;
American Heart Association, Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Leadership Committee;
American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Research Committee;
American Heart Association Western Consortium, Review Committee 4B, Co-chair;
President, XVIIth International Congress on Fibrinolysis and Proteolysis (2006);
Council Member, International Society for Fibrinolysis and Proteolysis;
Editorial Boards: Frontiers in Bioscience, Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Selected References

For a complete list of publications:

Miles, L.A., Lighvani, S., Baik, N., Parmer, C.M., Khaldoyanidi, S., Mueller, B.M., Parmer, R.J.  New insights into the role of Plg-RKT in macrophage recruitment.  International Review of Cell & Molecular Biology, In Press, 2013.

Gingles, N.A., Bai H., Miles, L.A., and Parmer, R.J.  Peptidergic regulation of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 gene expression in vivo. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 2013 Sep;11(9):1707-15.  PMID: 2380003

Miles, L.A. and Parmer, R.J., Plasminogen receptors:  The First Quarter Century. Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis. 2013 Jun;39(4):329-37

Miles, L.A., Andronicos, N.M., Chen, E.I., Baik, N., Bai, H., Parmer, C.M., Lighvani, S., Nangia, S., Kiosses, W.B., Kamps, M.P., Yates III, J.R. and Parmer, R.J.  Identification of the novel plasminogen receptor, Plg-RKTIn: Proteomics/Book 1:  Human Diseases and Protein Functions, ISBN 978-953-307-832-8, Man, T.K. and Flores, R.J.(Ed.), Intech, Chapter 10: 219-238, 2012.  Available from:

Miles, L.A., Plow, E.F., Waisman, D.M., and Parmer, R.J. Plasminogen Receptors. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. 2012 2012:130735 Epub 2012 Nov 20.  PMID: 23226936

Miles, L.A., Lighvani, S., Baik, N., Andronicos, N., Chen, E.I., Parmer, C.M., Khaldoyanidi, S., Diggs, J., Kiosses, W., Kamps, M.P., Yates, J.R., Parmer, R.J. The plasminogen receptor, Plg-RKT, and macrophage function. Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, 2012 2012:250464 Epub 2012 Oct 14.  PMCID: PMC3484331

Felez, J., Jardi, M., Fabregas, P., Parmer, R.J., Miles, L.A.  Monoclonal antibodies against receptor-induced binding sites detect cell-bound plasminogen in blood. Blood, 2012 Jul 19;120(3):678-81.  PMCID: PMC3401219

Lighvani, S., Baik, N., Diggs, J.E., Khaldoyanidi, S., Parmer, R.J, and Miles, L.A.  Regulation of macrophage migration by a novel plasminogen receptor Plg-RKTBlood, 2011 Nov 17;118(20):5622-30.  PMCID: PMC3217361

Bai, H. Baik, N., Kiosses, W.B., Krajewski, S., Miles, L.A., Parmer, R.J. The novel plasminogen receptor, Plg-RKT regulates catecholamine release.  J Biol Chem, 2011 Sept 23;286(38):33125-33.  PMCID: PMC3190921

Han, J., Baik, N., Kim, K-H, Yang, J-M, Han, G., Gong, Y., Jardi, M., Castellino, F.J., Felez, J., Parmer, R.J. and Miles, L.A. Monoclonal antibodies detect receptor-induced binding sites (RIBS) in Glu-plasminogen.  Blood, 2011 Aug 11;118(6):1653-62. PMCID: PMC3156051

Jiang, Q., Gingles, N.A., Olivier, M.A., Miles, L.A., Parmer, R.J. The anti-fibrinolytic SERPIN, plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1), is targeted to and released from catecholamine storage vesicles.  Blood, 2011 Jun 30;117(26):7155-62. PMCID: PMC3143556

Miles, L.A. and Parmer, R.J. S100A10: A complex inflammatory role.  Blood, 2010 Aug 19;116(7):1022-4.  PMID: 20724548

Miles, L.A. and Parmer, R.J. PAI-1: Cardiac friend or foe?  Blood, 10:1862-1863, 2010.  PMID: 20223930.

Andronicos, N.M., Chen, E.I., Baik, N., Bai, H., Parmer, C.M., Kiosses, W.B., Kamps, M.P., Yates, J.R., III, Parmer, R.J., Miles, L.A. Proteomics-based discovery of a novel, structurally unique, and developmentally regulated plasminogen receptor, Plg-RKT, a major regulator of cell surface plasminogen activation.  Blood, 2010 Feb 18;115(7): 1319-30. Plenary Paper. PMCID: PMC2826757

Molecular Medicine Seminar Series
Center for Physiological Proteomics
Department Contacts

CA Faculty

Asahara, Hiroshi
Balch, William E.
Boddy, Michael
Buxbaum, Joel
Catz, Sergio
Conti, Bruno
Cravatt, Benjamin
D'Lima, Darryl
DerMardirossian, Celine
Deryugina, Elena
Elias, Darlene
Encalada, Sandra
Felding, Brunhilde
Fowler, Velia
Friedlander, Martin
Gerace, Larry
Gottesfeld, Joel
Griffin, John
Hanneken, Anne
Heeb, Mary Jo
Henderson, Scott
Hoch, James
Johnson, Eric
Kanaji, Taisuke
Koziol, James
Lamia, Katja
Lipton, Stuart
Loring, Jeanne F.
Loskutoff, David
Lotz, Martin
Makarenkova, Helen P.
Mc Millan, Robert
Miles, Lindsey
Milner, Richard
Modena, Brian
Mosnier, Laurent
Nicholson, Laura
Paulson, James C.
Perego, Marta
Petrascheck, Michael
Pollard, Kenneth Michael
Quigley, James P.
Reed, Steven
Roberts, Edward
Rosen, Hugh
Ruggeri, Zaverio
Russell, Paul
Saez, Enrique
Smider, Vaughn
Srinivasan, Supriya
Steinhubl, Steven
Sutcliffe, J.
Tan, Eng
Topol, Eric
Vanderklish, Peter
Vogt, Peter K.
Wiseman, Luke
Wittenberg, Curt
Wolan, Dennis W.
Wu, Peng
Wu, Xiaohua
Yang, Xiang-Lei
Yates III, John

FL Faculty

Bannister, Thomas
Bohn, Laura M.
Cameron, Michael
Duckett, Derek
Gill, Matt
Griffin, Patrick
Hansen, Scott
Joazeiro, Claudio
Kamenecka, Theodore
Kissil, Joseph
Luo, Junli
McDonald, Patricia
Miller, Courtney
Niedernhofer, Laura
Phinney, Donald G.
Robbins, Paul
Scampavia, Louis
Schimmel, Paul
Smith, Roy
Spicer, Timothy

Affiliated Faculty

Cline, Hollis
Kojetin, Douglas
Lairson, Luke
Paegel, Brian
Rumbaugh, Gavin
Shen, Ben
Solt, Laura A
Su, Andrew
Wu, Chunlei
Ye, Li

Adjunct Faculty