EP1309620A2 - Compositions and methods for the diagnosis and treatment of disorders involving angiogenesis - Google Patents

Compositions and methods for the diagnosis and treatment of disorders involving angiogenesis

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EP1309620A2
EP1309620A2 EP20010957073 EP01957073A EP1309620A2 EP 1309620 A2 EP1309620 A2 EP 1309620A2 EP 20010957073 EP20010957073 EP 20010957073 EP 01957073 A EP01957073 A EP 01957073A EP 1309620 A2 EP1309620 A2 EP 1309620A2
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Kevin P. Baker
Napoleone Ferrara
Hanspeter Gerber
Mary E. Gerritsen
Audrey Goddard
Paul J. Godowski
Austin L. Gurney
Kenneth J. Hillan
Scot A. Marsters
James Pan
Nicholas F. Paoni
Jean-Philippe F. Stephan
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Compositions and methods are disclosed for stimulating or inhibiting angiogenesis and/or cardiovascularization in mammals, including humans. Pharmaceutical compositions are based on polypeptides or antagonists thereto that have been identified for one or more of these uses. Disorders that can be diagnosed, prevented, or treated by the compositions herein include trauma such as wounds, various cancers, and disorders of the vessels including atherosclerosis and cardiac hypertrophy.In addition, the present invention is directed to novel polypeptides and to nucleic acid molecules encoding those polypeptides. Also provided herein are vectors and host cells comprising those nucleic acid sequences, chimeric polypeptide molecules comprising the polypeptides of the present invention fused to heterologous polypeptide sequences, antibodies which bind to the polypeptides of the present invention and to methods for producing the polypeptides of the present invention.

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COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF DISORDERS

INVOLVING ANGIOGENESIS

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to compositions and methods useful for the modulation (e.g., promotion or inhibition) of angiogenesis and or cardiovascularization in mammals in need of such biological effect. The present invention further relates to the diagnosis and treatment of disorders involving angiogenesis (e.g. , cardiovascular as well as oncological disorders).

2. Background of the Invention

2.1. Angiogenesis

Angiogenesis, defined as the growth or sprouting of new blood vessels from existing vessels, is a complex process that primarily occurs during embryonic development. Under normal physiological conditions in adults, angiogenesis takes place only in very restricted situations such as hair growth and wounding healing (Auerbach,

W. and Auerbach, R., 1994, Pharmacol Ther 63(3):265-3 11; Ribatti et al.,1991, Haematologica 76(4):3 11-20; Risau, 1997, Nature 386(6626) : 67 1 -4) . Unregulated angiogenesis has gradually been recognized to be responsible for a wide range of disorders, including, but not limited to cardiovascular disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and diabetic retinopathy (Folkman, \995, NatMed l(l):27-31; Isner, 1999, Circulation 99(13): 1653-5; Koch, 1998, Arthritis Rheum 41(6):951-62; Walsh, 1999, Rheumatology (Oxford) 38(2): 103-12; Ware and Simons,

1997, Nat Med '3(2): 158-64).

2.2. Cardiac Disorders and Factors

Heart failure affects approximately five million Americans, and new cases of heart failure number about 400,000 each year. It is the single most frequent cause of hospitalization for people age 65 and older in the United

States. Recent advances in the management of acute cardiac diseases, including acute myocardial infarction, are resulting in an expanding patient population that will eventually develop chronic heart failure. From 1979 to 1995, hospitalizations for congestive heart failure (CHF) rose from 377,000 to 872,000 (a 130 percent increase) and CHF deaths increased 116 percent. CHF is a syndrome characterized by left ventricular dysfunction, reduced exercise tolerance, impaired quality of life, and markedly shortened life expectancy. The sine qua non of heart failure is an inability of the heart to pump blood at a rate sufficient to meet the metabolic needs of the body's tissues (in other words, there is insufficient cardiac output).

At least four major compensatory mechanisms are activated in the setting of heart failure to boost cardiac output, including peripheral vasoconstriction, increased heart rate, increased cardiac contractility, and increased plasma volume. These effects are mediated primarily by the sympathetic nervous system and the renin-angiotensin system. See, Eichhorn, American Journal of Medicine. 104: 163-169 (1998). Increased output from the sympathetic nervous system increases vascular tone, heart rate, and contractility. Angiotensin II elevates blood pressure by 1) directly stimulating vascular smooth muscle contraction, 2) promoting plasma volume expansion by stimulating aldosterone and antidiuretic hormone secretion, 3) stimulating sympathetic-mediated vascular tone, and 4) catalyzing the degradation of bradykinin, which has vasodilatory and natriuretic activity. See, review by Brown and Vaughan, Circulation.97 : 1411-1420 (1998). As noted below, angiotensin II may also have directly deleterious effects on the heart by promoting myocyte necrosis (impairing systolic function) and intracardiac fibrosis (impairing diastolic and in some cases systolic function). See, Weber, Circulation. 96: 4065-4082 (1998).

A consistent feature of congestive heart failure (CHF) is cardiac hypertrophy, an enlargement of the heart that is activated by both mechanical and hormonal stimuli and enables the heart to adapt to demands for increased cardiac output. Morgan and Baker, Circulation. 83: 13-25 (1991). This hypertrophic response is frequently associated with a variety of distinct pathological conditions such as hypertension, aortic stenosis, myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, valvular regurgitation, and intracardiac shunt, all of which result in chronic hemodynamic overload.

Hypertrophy is generally defined as an increase in size of an organ or structure independent of natural growth that does not involve tumor formation. Hypertrophy of the heart is due either to an increase in the mass of the individual cells (myocytes), or to an increase in the number of cells making up the tissue (hyperplasia), or both. While the enlargement of an embryonic heart is largely dependent on an increase in myocyte number (which continues until shortly after birth), post-natal cardiac myocytes lose their proliferative capacity. Further growth occurs through hypertrophy of the individual cells. Adult myocyte hypertrophy is initially beneficial as a short term response to impaired cardiac function by permitting a decrease in the load on individual muscle fibers. With severe, long-standing overload, however, the hypertrophied cells begin to deteriorate and die. Katz, "Heart Failure", in: Katz A.M. ed., Physiology of the Heart (New York: Raven Press, 1992) pp.638-668. Cardiac hypertrophy is a significant risk factor for both mortality and morbidity in the clinical course of heart failure. Katz, Trends Cardiovasc. Med..5: 37-44 (1995). For further details of the causes and pathology of cardiac hypertrophy see, e.g., Heart Disease. A Textbook of Cardiovascular

Medicine. Braunwald, E. ed. (W.B. Saunders Co., 1988), Chapter 14, "Pathophysiology of Heart Failure."

On a cellular level, the heart is composed of myocytes and surrounding support cells, generically called non-myocytes. While non-myocytes are primarily fibroblast/mesenchymal cells, they also include endothelial and smooth muscle cells. Indeed, although myocytes make up most of the adult myocardial mass, they represent only about 30% of the total cell numbers present in heart. In response to hormonal, physiological, hemodynamic, and pathological stimuli, adult ventricular muscle cells can adapt to increased workloads through the activation of a hypertrophic process. This response is characterized by an increase in myocyte cell size and contractile protein content of individual cardiac muscle cells, without concomitant cell division and activation of embryonic genes, including the gene for atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP). Chien et al, FASEB 1. 5: 3037-3046 (1991); Chien et al, Annu. Rev. Physiol..55: 77-95 (1993). An increment in myocardial mass as a result of an increase in myocyte size that is associated with an accumulation of interstitial collagen within the extracellular matrix and around intramyocardial coronary arteries has been described in left ventricular hypertrophy secondary to pressure overload in humans. Caspari et al, Cardiovasc. Res.. 11: 554-558 (1977); Schwarz et al, Am. J. Cardiol.. 42: 895-903 (1978); Hess et al, Circulation. 63: 360-371 (1981); Pearlman et al, Lab. Invest.. 46: 158-164 (1982).

It has also been suggested that paracrine factors produced by non-myocyte supporting cells may additionally be involved in the development of cardiac hypertrophy, and various non-myocyte derived hypertrophic factors, such as, leukocyte inhibitory factor (LIF) and endothelin, have been identified. Metcalf, Growth Factors.

7: 169-173 (1992); Kurzrock et al, Endocrine Reviews, 12: 208-217 (1991); Inoue et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 86: 2863-2867 (1989); Yanagisawa and Masaki, Trends Pharm. Sci.. 10: 374-378 (1989); U.S. Patent No. 5,573,762 (issued November 12, 1996). Further exemplary factors that have been identified as potential mediators of cardiac hypertrophy include cardiotrophin-1 (CT-1) (Pennica et al, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA. 92: 1142-1146 (1995)), catecholamines, adrenocorticosteroids, angiotensin, and prostaglandins.

At present, the treatment of cardiac hypertrophy varies depending on the underlying cardiac disease. Catecholamines, adrenocorticosteroids, angiotensin, prostaglandins, LIF, endothelin (including endothelin- 1, -2, and -3 and big endotlielin), and CT-1 are among the factors identified as potential mediators of hypertrophy. For example, beta-adrenergic receptor blocking drugs (beta-blockers, e.g., propranolol, timolol, tertalolol, carteolol, nadolol, betaxolol, penbutolol, acetobutolol, atenolol, metoprolol, carvedilol, etc.) and verapamil have been used extensively in the treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The beneficial effects of beta-blockers on symptoms (e.g., chest pain) and exercise tolerance are largely due to a decrease in the heart rate with a consequent prolongation of diastole and increased passive ventricular filling. Thompson et al, Br. Heart J..44: 488-98 (1980); Harrison et al., Circulation. 29: 84-98 (1964). Verapamil has been described to improve ventricular filling and probably reducing myocardial ischemia. Bonow et al, Circulation. 72: 853-64 (1985).

Nifedipine and diltiazem have also been used occasionally in the treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Lorell et al, Circulation. 65: 499-507 (1982); Betocchi et al, Am. J. Cardiol.. 78: 451-457 (1996). However, because of its potent vasodilating properties, nifedipine may be harmful, especially in patients with outflow obstruction. Disopyramide has been used to relieve symptoms by virtue of its negative inotropic properties. Pollick. N. Engl. J. Med„ 307: 997-999 (1982). In many patients, however, the initial benefits decrease with time. Wigle et al, Circulation. 92: 1680-1692 (1995). Antihypertensive drug therapy has been reported to have beneficial effects on cardiac hypertrophy associated with elevated blood pressure. Examples of drugs used in antihypertensive therapy, alone or in combination, are calcium antagonists, e.g. , nitrendipine; adrenergic receptor blocking agents, e.g., those listed above; angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as quinapril, captopril, enalapril, ramipril, benazepril, fosinopril, and lisinopril; diuretics, e.g., chlorothiazide, hydrochlorothiazide, hydroflumethazide, methylchlothiazide, benzthiazide, dichloφhenamide, acetazolamide, and indapamide; and calcium channel blockers, e.g., diltiazem, nifedipine, verapamil, and nicardipine.

For example, treatment of hypertension with diltiazem and captopril showed a decrease in left ventricular muscle mass, but the Doppler indices of diastolic function did not normalize. Szlachcic et al, Am. J. Cardiol.. 63: 198-201 (1989); Shahi et al, Lancet 336: 458-461 (1990). These findings were interpreted to indicate that excessive amounts of interstitial collagen may remain after regression of left ventricular hypertrophy. Rossi et al, Am. Heart J.. 124: 700-709 (1992). Rossi et al, supra, investigated the effect of captopril on the prevention and regression of myocardial cell hypertrophy and interstitial fibrosis in pressure overload cardiac hypertrophy, in experimental rats.

Agents that increase cardiac contractility directly (iontropic agents) were initially thought to benefit patients with heart failure because they unproved cardiac output in the short term. However, all positive inotropic agents except digoxigenin have been found to result in increased long-term mortality, in spite of short-term improvements in cardiac performance. Massie, Curr. Op. in Cardiology, 2: 209-217 (1997); Reddy et al, Curr. Opin. Cardiol., 12: 233-241 (1997). Beta-adrenergic receptor blockers have recently been advocated for use in heart failure. Evidence from clinical trials suggests that improvements in cardiac function can be achieved without increased mortality, though documented improvements of patient survival have not yet been demonstrated. See also, U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,935,924, 5,624,806; 5,661,122; and 5,610,134 and WO 95/28173 regarding the use of cardiotroρin-1 or antagonists thereof, or growth hormone and/or insulin-like growth factor-I in the treatment of

CHF. Another treatment modality is heart transplantation, but this is limited by the availability of donor hearts.

Endothelin is a vasoconstricting peptide comprising 21 amino acids, isolated from swine arterial endothelial culture supernatant and structurally determined. Yanagisawa et al, Nature. 332: 411-415 (1988). Endothelin was later found to exhibit various actions, and endothelin antibodies as endothelin antagonists have proven effective in the treatment of myocardial infarction, renal failure, and other diseases. Since endothelin is present in live bodies and exhibits vasoconstricting action, it is expected to be an endogenous factor involved in the regulation of the circulatory system, and may be associated with hypertension, cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction, and renal diseases such as acute renal failure. Endothelin antagonists are described, for example, in U.S. Pat. No. 5,773,414; IP Pat. Publ. 3130299/1991, EP 457,195; EP 460,679; and EP 552,489. A new endothelin B receptor for identifying endothelin receptor antagonists is described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,773,223.

Current therapy for heart failure is primarily directed to using angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, such as captopril, and diuretics. These drugs improve hemodynamic profile and exercise tolerance and reduce the incidence of morbidity and mortality in patients with CHF. Kramer et al, Circulation. 67(4): 807-816 (1983); Captopril Multicenter Research Group, J.A.C.C.. 2(4): 755-763 (1983); The CONSENSUS Trial Study

Group.N. Engl. J. Med..316(23): 1429-1435 (1987); The SOLVD Investigators, N. Engl. J. Med..325(5): 293-302 (1991). Further, they are useful in treating hypertension, left ventricular dysfunction, atherosclerotic vascular disease, and diabetic nephropathy. Brown and Vaughan, supra. However, despite proven efficacy, response to ACE inhibitors has been limited. For example, while prolonging survival in the setting of heart failure, ACE inhibitors appear to slow the progression towards end-stage heart failure, and substantial numbers of patients on

ACE inhibitors have functional class III heart failure.

Moreover, improvement of functional capacity and exercise time is only small and mortality, although reduced, continues to be high. The CONSENSUS Trial Study Group. N. Engl. J. Med..316(23): 1429-1453 (1987); The SOLVD Investigators. N. Engl. J. Med..325(5): 293-302 (1991): Cohnef g/..N. Engl. J. Med..325(5): 303-310 (1991); The Captopril-Digoxin Multicenter Research Group, JAMA. 259(4): 539-544 (1988). Hence, ACE hihibitors consistently appear unable to relieve symptoms in more than 60% of heart failure patients and reduce mortality of heart failure only by approximately 15-20%. For further adverse effects, see Brown and Vaughan, supra.

An alternative to ACE inhibitors is represented by specific ATI receptor antagonists. Clinical studies are planned to compare the efficacy of these two modalities in the treatment of cardiovascular and renal disease. However, animal model data suggests that the ACE/Ang II pathway, while clearly involved in cardiac hypertrophy, is not the only, or even the primary pathway active in this role. Mouse genetic "knockout" models have been made to test individual components of the pathway. In one such model, the primary cardiac receptor for Ang II, AT sub 1A, has been genetically deleted; these mice do not develop hypertrophy when Ang II is given experimentally (confirming the basic success of the model in eliminating hypertrophy secondary to Ang II). However, when the aorta is constricted in these animals (a model of hypertensive cardiac stress), the hearts still become hypertrophic. This suggests that alternative signaling pathways, not depending on this receptor (AT sub 1A), are activated in hypertension. ACE inhibitors would presumably not be able to inhibit these pathways. See, Harada et al, Circulation, 97: 1952-1959 (1998). See also, Homey, Circulation. 97: 1890-1892 (1998) regarding the enigma associated with the process and mechanism of cardiac hypertrophy.

About 750,000 patients suffer from acute myocardial infarction (AMI) annually, and approximately one-fourth of all deaths in the United States are due to AMI. In recent years, tlirombolytic agents, e.g., streptokinase, urokinase, and in particular tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) have significantly increased the survival of patients who suffered myocardial infarction. When administered as a continuous intravenous infusion over 1.5 to 4 hours, t-PA produces coronary patency at 90 minutes in 69% to 90% of the treated patients. Topol et al, Am. J. Cardiol.. 61: 723-728 (1988); Neuhaus et al, J. Am. Coll. Cardiol..12: 581-587 (1988); Neuhaus et al, J. Am. Coll. Cardiol.. 14: 1566-1569 (1989). The highest patency rates have been reported with high dose or accelerated dosing regimens. Topol, J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 15: 922-924 (1990). t-PA may also be administered as a single bolus, although due to its relatively short half-life, it is better suited for infusion therapy. Tebbe et al, Am. J. Cardiol.. 64: 448-453 (1989). A t-PA variant, specifically designed to have longer half-life and very high fibrin specificity, TNK t-PA (a T103N, Nl 17Q, KHRR(296-299)AAAA t-PA variant, Keyt et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA.91: 3670-3674 ( 1994)) is particularly suitable for bolus administration. However, despite all these advances, the long-term prognosis of patient survival depends greatly on the post-infarction monitoring and treatment of the patients, which should include monitoring and treatment of cardiac hypertrophy.

2.3. Growth Factors Various naturally occurring polypeptides reportedly induce the proliferation of endofhelial cells. Among those polypeptides are the basic and acidic fibroblast growth factors (FGF) (Burgess and Maciag, Annual Rev. Biochem..58: 575 (1989)),platelet-derived endofhelial cell growth factor (PD-ECGF) (Ishikawa et al.. Nature, 338: 557 (1989)), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Leung et al. Science.246: 1306 (1989); Ferrara and Henzel, Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.. 161: 851 (1989); Tischer et al, Biochem. Biophvs. Res. Commun., 165: 1198 (1989); EP 471,754B granted July 31, 1996.

Media conditioned by cells transfected with the human VEGF (hVEGF) cDNA promoted the proliferation of capillary endothelial cells, whereas control cells did not. Leung et al, Science. 246: 1306 (1989). Several additional cDNAs were identified in human cDNA libraries that encode 121-, 189-, and 206-amino acid isoforms of hVEGF (also collectively referred to as hVEGF-related proteins). The 121-amino acid protein differs from hVEGF by virtue of the deletion of the 44 amino acids between residues 116 and 159 in hVEGF. The 189-amino acid protein differs from hVEGF by virtue of the insertion of 24 amino acids at residue 116 in hVEGF, and apparently is identical to human vascular permeability factor (hVPF). The 206-amino acid protein differs from hVEGF by virtue of an insertion of 41 amino acids at residue 116 in hVEGF. Houck et al. , Mol. Endocrin..5: 1806 (1991); Ferrara et al., J. Cell. Biochem..47: 211 (1991); Ferrara et al, Endocrine Reviews, 13: 18 (1992); Keck et al, Science. 246: 1309 (1989); Connolly et al, J. Biol. Chem..264: 20017 (1989); EP 370,989 published May 30, 1990. It is now well established mat angiogenesis, which involves the formation of new blood vessels from preexisting endothelium, is implicated in tlie pathogenesis of a variety of disorders. These include solid tumors and metastasis, atherosclerosis, retrolental fibroplasia, hemangiomas, chronic inflammation, intraocular neovascular syndromes such as proliferative retinopathies, e.g. , diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), neovascular glaucoma, immune rejection of transplanted corneal tissue and other tissues, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis. Folkman etal. J. Biol. Chem..267: 10931-10934 (1992): Klagsbrun etal. Annu. Rev. Physiol..53: 217-

239 (1991); and Garner A., "Vascular diseases", In: Pathobiology of Ocular Disease. A Dynamic Approach, Garner A., Klintworth GK, eds., 2nd Edition (Marcel Dekker, NY, 1994), pp 1625-1710.

In the case of tumor growth, angiogenesis appears to be crucial for the transition from hyperplasia to neoplasia, and for providing nourishment for the growth and metastasis of the tumor. Folkman et al. , Nature, 339: 58 (1989). The neovascularization allows the tumor cells to acquire a growth advantage and proliferative autonomy compared to the normal cells. A tumor usually begins as a single aberrant cell which can proliferate only to a size of a few cubic millimeters due to the distance from available capillary beds, and it can stay 'dormant' without further growth and dissemination for a long period of time. Some tumor cells then switch to the angiogenic phenotype to activate endothelial cells, which proliferate and mature into new capillary blood vessels. These newly formed blood vessels not only allow for continued growth of the primary tumor, but also for tlie dissemination and recolonization of metastatic tumor cells. Accordingly, a correlation has been observed between density of micro vessels in tumor sections and patient survival in breast cancer as well as in several other tumors. Weidner et al, N. Engl. J. Med. 324: 1-6 (1991); Horak et al, Lancet. 340: 1120-1124 (1992); Macchiarini et al, Lancet, 340: 145-146 (1992). The precise mechanisms that control tlie angiogenic switch is not well understood, but it is believed that neovascularization of tumor mass results from the net balance of a multitude of angiogenesis stimulators and inhibitors (Folkman, 1995, Nat Med 1(1):27-31).

The search for positive regulators of angiogenesis has yielded many candidates, including aFGF, bFGF, TGF-α, TGF-β, HGF, TNF-α, angiogenin, IL-8, etc. Folkman et al, J.B.C., supra, and Klagsbrun et al, supra. The negative regulators so far identified include thrombospondin (Good et αl, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA.. 87: 6624- 6628 (1990)), the 16-kilodalton -terminal fragment of prolactin (Clapp et αl, Endocrinology. 133: 1292-1299

(1993)), angiostatin (O'Reilly et αl., Cell, 79: 315-328 (1994)), and endostatin. O'Reilly et αl, Cell, 88: 277-285 (1996). Work done over the last several years has established the key role of VEGF, not only in stimulating vascular endothelial cell proliferation, but also in inducing vascular permeability and angiogenesis. Ferrara et al, Endocr. Rev.. 18: 4-25 (1997). The finding that the loss of even a single VEGF allele results in embryonic lethality points to an irreplaceable role played by this factor in the development and differentiation of the vascular system. Furthermore, VEGF has been shown to be a key mediator of neovascularization associated with tumors and intraocular disorders. Ferrara et al., Endocr. Rev., supra. The VEGF mRNA is overexpressed by the majority of human tumors examined. Berkman et al, J. Clin. Invest., 91: 153-159 (1993); Brown et al, Human Pathol., 26: 86-91 (1995); Brown e^/., Cancer Res., 53: 4727-4735 (1993); Matternetal, Brit. J. Cancer.73: 931-934 (1996); Dvorak et al, Am. J. Pathol.. 146: 1029-1039 (1995). Also, the concentration levels of VEGF in eye fluids are highly correlated to the presence of active proliferation of blood vessels in patients with diabetic and other ischemia-related retinopathies. Aiello et al, N. Engl. J. Med.. 331: 1480-1487 (1994). Furthermore, recent studies have demonstrated the localization of VEGF in choroidal neovascular membranes in patients affected by AMD. Lopez et al, Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci..37: 855-868 (1996). Anti-VEGF neutralizing antibodies suppress the growth of a variety of human tumor cell lines hi nude mice

(Kim et al, Nature. 362: 841-844 (1993); Warren et al, J. Clin. Invest.. 95: 1789-1797 (1995); Borgstrόm et al, Cancer Res.. 56: 4032-4039 (1996); Melnyk et al, Cancer Res., 56: 921-924 (1996)) and also inhibit intraocular angiogenesis in models of ischemic retinal disorders. Adamis et al, Arch. Ophthalmol.. 114: 66-71 (1996). Therefore, anti-VEGF monoclonal antibodies or other inhibitors of VEGF action are promising candidates for the treatment of solid tumors and various intraocular neovascular disorders. Such antibodies are described, for example, in EP 817,648 published January 14, 1998 and in W098/45331 and W098/45332 bothpublished October 15, 1998.

There exist several other growth factors and mitogens, including transforming oncogenes, that are capable of rapidly inducing a complex set of genes to be expressed by certain cells. Lau and Nathans, Molecular Aspects of Cellular Regulation. 6: 165-202 (1991). These genes, which have been named immediate-early- or early- response genes, are transcriptionally activated within minutes after contact with a growth factor or mitogen, independent of de novo protein synthesis. A group of these intermediate-early genes encodes secreted, extracellular proteins that are needed for coordination of complex biological processes such as differentiation and proliferation, regeneration, and wound healing. Ryseck et al, Cell Growth Differ.. 2: 235-233 (1991).

Highly-related proteins that belong to this group include ceflO (Simmons et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA.86: 1178- 1182 (1989)), cyr 61, which is rapidly activated by serum- or platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)

(O'Brien et al, Mol. Cell Biol.. 10: 3569-3577 (1990), human connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) (Bradham et al. , J. Cell. Biol.. 114: 1285-1294 (1991)), which is secreted by human vascular endothelial cells in high levels after activation with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β), exhibits PDGF-like biological and immunological activities, and competes with PDGF for a particular cell surface τeceptor,βsp-12 (Ryseck et al. , Cell Growth Differ.. 2: 235-233 (1991)), human vascular IBP-like growth factor (VIGF) (WO 96/17931), and nov, normally arrested in adult kidney cells, which was found to be overexpressed in myeloblastosis-associated- virus-type- 1 -induced nephroblastomas. Joloit et al. Mol. Cell. Biol.. 12: 10-21 (1992). The expression of these immediate-early genes acts as "third messengers" in the cascade of events triggered by growth factors. It is also thought that they are needed to integrate and coordinate complex biological processes, such as differentiation and wound healing in which cell proliferation is a common event.

As additional mitogens, insulin-like growth factor binding proteins (IGFBPs) have been shown, in complex with insulin-like growth factor (IGF), to stimulate increased binding of IGF to fibroblast and smooth muscle cell surface receptors. Clemmons et al, J. Clin. Invest..77: 1548 (1986). Inhibitory effects of IGFBP on various IGF actions in vitro include stimulation of glucose transport by adipocytes, sulfate incorporation by chondrocytes, and thymidine incorporation in fibroblast. Zapf et al., Clin. Invest.. 63: 1077 (1979). In addition, inhibitory effects of IGFBPs on growth factor-mediated mitogen activity in normal cells have been shown.

2.4. Need for Further Treatments

In view of the role of vascular endothelial cell growth and angiogenesis in many diseases and disorders, it is desirable to have a means of reducing or inhibiting one or more of the biological effects causing these processes. It is also desirable to have a means of assaying for the presence of pathogenic polypeptides in normal and diseased conditions, and especially cancer. Further, in a specific aspect, as there is no generally applicable therapy for the treatment of cardiac hypertrophy, the identification of factors that can prevent or reduce cardiac myocyte hypertrophy is of primary importance in the development of new therapeutic strategies to inhibit pathophysiological cardiac growth. Wliile there are several treatment modalities for various cardiovascular and oncologic disorders, there is still a need for additional therapeutic approaches.

3. Summary of the Invention

The present invention provides compositions and methods for modulating (e.g., promoting or inhibiting) angiogenesis and/or cardiovascularization in mammals. The present invention is based on the identification of compounds (i.e., proteins) that test positive in various cardiovascular assays that test modulation (e.g., promotion or inhibition) of certain biological activities. Accordingly, the compounds are believed to be useful drugs and/or drug components for the diagnosis and/or treatment (including prevention and amelioration) of disorders where such effects are desired, such as the promotion or inhibition of angiogenesis, inhibition or stimulation of vascular endothelial cell growth, stimulation of growth or proliferation of vascular endothelial cells, inhibition of tumor growth, inhibition of angiogenesis-dependent tissue growth, stimulation of angiogenesis-dependent tissue growth, inhibition of cardiac hypertrophy and stimulation of cardiac hypertrophy, e.g., for the treatment of congestive heart failure. In addition, the compositions and methods of the invention provide for the diagnostic monitoring of patients undergoing clinical evaluation for the treatment of angiogenesis-related disorders, for monitoring tlie efficacy of compounds in clinical trials and for identifying subjects who may be predisposed to such angiogenic-related disorders. In one embodiment, the present invention provides a composition comprising a PRO polypeptide, an agonist or antagonist thereof, or an anti-PRO antibody in admixture with a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. In one aspect, the composition comprises a therapeutically effective amount of the polypeptide, agonist, antagonist or antibody. In another aspect, the composition comprises a further active ingredient, namely, a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic agent or an angiostatic agent, preferably an angiogenic or angiostatic agent. Preferably, the composition is sterile. The PRO polypeptide, agonist, antagonist or antibody may be administered in the form of a liquid pharmaceutical formulation, which may be preserved to achieve extended storage stability. Preserved liquid pharmaceutical formulations might contain multiple doses of PRO polypeptide, agonist, antagonist or antibody, and might, therefore, be suitable for repeated use. In a preferred embodiment, where the composition comprises an antibody, the antibody is a monoclonal antibody, an antibody fragment, a humanized antibody, or a single-chain antibody.

In a further embodiment, the present invention provides a method for preparing such a composition useful for the treatment of a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder comprising admixing a therapeutically effective amount of a PRO polypeptide, agonist, antagonist or antibody with a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

In a still further aspect, the present invention provides an article of manufacture comprising:

(a) a composition of matter comprising a PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereof;

(b) a container containing said composition; and (c) a label affixed to said container, or a package insert included in said container referring to the use of said PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereof in the treatment of a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder, wherein the agonist or antagonist may be an antibody which binds to tlie PRO polypeptide. The composition may comprise a therapeutically effective amount of the PRO polypeptide or the agonist or antagonist thereof. In another embodiment, the present invention provides a method for identifying an agonist of a PRO polypeptide comprising:

(a) contacting cells and a test compound to be screened under conditions suitable for tlie induction of a cellular response normally induced by a PRO polypeptide; and

(b) determining the induction of said cellular response to determine if the test compound is an effective agonist, wherein the induction of said cellular response is indicative of said test compound being an effective agonist.

In another embodiment, the present invention provides a method for identifying an agonist of a PRO polypeptide comprising:

(a) contacting cells and a test compound to be screened under conditions suitable for tlie stimulation of cell proliferation by a PRO polypeptide; and

(b) measuring the proliferation of said cells to determine if the test compound is an effective agonist, wherein the stimulation of cell proliferation is indicative of said test compound being an effective agonist.

In another embodiment, the invention provides a method for identifying a compound that inhibits the activity of a PRO polypeptide comprising contacting a test compound with a PRO polypeptide under conditions and for a time sufficient to allow the test compound and polypeptide to interact and determining whether the activity of the PRO polypeptide is inhibited. In a specific preferred aspect, either the test compound or the PRO polypeptide is immobilized on a solid support. In another preferred aspect, the non-immobilized component carries a detectable label. In a preferred aspect, this method comprises the steps of:

(a) contacting cells and a test compound to be screened in the presence of a PRO polypeptide under conditions suitable for the induction of a cellular response normally induced by a PRO polypeptide; and

(b) determining the induction of said cellular response to determine if the test compound is an effective antagonist.

In another preferred aspect, this process comprises the steps of:

(a) contacting cells and a test compound to be screened in the presence of a PRO polypeptide under conditions suitable for the stimulation of cell proliferation by a PRO polypeptide; and

(b) measuring the proliferation of the cells to determine if the test compound is an effective antagonist. In another embodiment, the invention provides a method for identifying a compound that inhibits the expression of a PRO polypeptide in cells that normally expresses the polypeptide, wherein the method comprises contacting the cells with a test compound and determining whether the expression of the PRO polypeptide is inhibited. In a preferred aspect, this method comprises the steps of:

(a) contacting cells and a test compound to be screened under conditions suitable for allowing expression of the PRO polypeptide; and

(b) determining the inhibition of expression of said polypeptide.

In a still further embodiment, the invention provides a compound that inhibits the expression of a PRO polypeptide, such as a compound that is identified by the methods set forth above.

Another aspect of the present invention is directed to an agonist or an antagonist of a PRO polypeptide which may optionally be identified by the methods described above.

One type of antagonist of a PRO polypeptide that inhibits one or more of the functions or activities of the PRO polypeptide is an antibody. Hence, in another aspect, the invention provides an isolated antibody that binds a PRO polypeptide. In a preferred aspect, the antibody is a monoclonal antibody, which preferably has non-human complementarity-determining-region (CDR) residues and human framework-region (FR) residues. The antibody may be labeled and may be immobilized on a solid support. In a further aspect, the antibody is an antibody fragment, a single-chain antibody, or a humanized antibody. Preferably, the antibody specifically binds to the polypeptide.

In a still further aspect, the present invention provides a method for diagnosing a disease or susceptibility to a disease which is related to a mutation in a PRO polypeptide-encoding nucleic acid sequence comprising determining the presence or absence of said mutation in the PRO polypeptide nucleic acid sequence, wherein the presence or absence of said mutation is indicative of the presence of said disease or susceptibility to said disease.

In a still further aspect, the invention provides a method of diagnosing a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder in a mammal which comprises analyzing the level of expression of a gene encoding a PRO polypeptide (a) in a test sample of tissue cells obtained from said mammal, and (b) in a control sample of known normal tissue cells of the same cell type, wherein a higher or lower expression level in the test sample as compared to the control sample is indicative of the presence of a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder in said mammal. The expression of a gene encoding a PRO polypeptide may optionally be accomplished by measuring the level of mRNA or the polypeptide in the test sample as compared to the control sample.

In a still further aspect, the present invention provides a method of diagnosing a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder in a mammal which comprises detecting the presence or absence of a PRO polypeptide in a test sample of tissue cells obtained from said mammal, wherein the presence or absence of said PRO polypeptide in said test sample is indicative of the presence of a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder in said mammal.

In a still further embodiment, the invention provides a method of diagnosing a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder in a mammal comprising (a) contacting an anti-PRO antibody with a test sample of tissue cells obtained from the mammal, and (b) detecting the formation of a complex between the antibody and the PRO polypeptide in the test sample, wherein the formation of said complex is indicative of the presence of a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder in the mammal. The detection may be qualitative or quantitative, and may be performed in comparison with monitoring the complex formation in a control sample of known normal tissue cells of the same cell type. A larger or smaller quantity of complexes formed in the test sample indicates the presence of a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic dysfunction in the mammal from which the test tissue cells were obtained. The antibody preferably carries a detectable label. Complex formation can be monitored, for example, by light microscopy, flow cytometry, fluorimetry, or other techniques known in the art. The test sample is usually obtained from an individual suspected to have a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder.

In another embodiment, the invention provides a method for determining the presence of a PRO polypeptide in a sample comprising exposing a sample suspected of containing the PRO polypeptide to an anti-PRO antibody and determining binding of said antibody to a component of said sample. In a specific aspect, the sample comprises a cell suspected of containing the PRO polypeptide and the antibody binds to the cell. The antibody is preferably detectably labeled and or bound to a solid support.

In further aspects, the invention provides a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder diagnostic kit comprising an anti-PRO antibody and a carrier in suitable packaging. Preferably, such kit further comprises instructions for using said antibody to detect the presence of tlie PRO polypeptide. Preferably, the carrier is a buffer, for example. Preferably, the cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder is cancer.

In yet another embodiment, the present invention provides a method for treating a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal an effective amount of a PRO polypeptide. Preferably, the disorder is cardiac hypertrophy, trauma such as wounds or burns, or a type of cancer. In a further aspect, the mammal is further exposed to angioplasty or a drug that treats cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorders such as ACE inhibitors or chemotherapeutic agents if the cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder is a type of cancer. Preferably, tl e mammal is human, preferably one who is at risk of developing cardiac hypertrophy and more preferably has suffered myocardial infarction.

In another preferred aspect, the cardiac hypertrophy is characterized by the presence of an elevated level of PGF. Alternatively, the cardiac hypertrophy may be induced by myocardial infarction, wherein preferably the administration of the PRO polypeptide is initiated within 48 hours, more preferably within 24 hours, following myocardial infarction. In another preferred embodiment, the cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder is cardiac hypertrophy and said PRO polypeptide is administered together with a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic agent. The preferred cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic agent for this purpose is selected from the group consisting of an antihypertensive drug, an ACE inhibitor, an endothelin receptor antagonist and a thrombolytic agent. If a thrombolytic agent is administered, preferably the PRO polypeptide is administered following administration of such agent. More preferably, the thrombolytic agent is recombinant human tissue plasminogen activator.

In another preferred aspect, the cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder is cardiac hypertrophy and the PRO polypeptide is administered following primary angioplasty for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction, preferably wherein the mammal is further exposed to angioplasty or a cardiovascular, endothelial, or angiogenic agent.

In another preferred embodiment, the cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder is a cancer and the PRO polypeptide is administered in combination with a chemotherapeutic agent, a growth inhibitory agent or a cytotoxic agent. In a further embodiment, the invention provides a method for treating a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder hi a mammal comprising administering to the mammal an effective amount of a PRO polypeptide agonist, antagonist or anti-PRO antibody. Preferably, the cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder is cardiac hypertrophy, trauma, a cancer, or age-related macular degeneration. Also preferred is where the mammal is human, and where an effective amount of an angiogenic or angiostatic agent is administered in conjunction with the agonist, antagonist or anti-PRO antibody.

In still further embodiments, the invention provides a method for treating a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder in a mammal that suffers therefrom comprising administering to the mammal a nucleic acid molecule that codes for either (a) a PRO polypeptide, (b) an agonist of a PRO polypeptide or (c) an antagonist of a PRO polypeptide, wherein said agonist or antagonist may be an anti-PRO antibody. In a preferred embodiment, the mammal is human. In another preferred embodiment, the gene is administered via ex vivo gene therapy. In a further preferred embodiment, the gene is comprised within a vector, more preferably an adenoviral, adeno-associated viral, lentiviral, or retroviral vector.

In yet another aspect, the invention provides a recombinant retroviral particle comprising a retroviral vector consisting essentially of a promoter, nucleic acid encoding (a) a PRO polypeptide, (b) an agonist polypeptide of a PRO polypeptide, or (c) an antagonist polypeptide of a PRO polypeptide, and a signal sequence for cellular secretion of the polypeptide, wherein the retroviral vector is in association with retroviral structural proteins.

Preferably, the signal sequence is from a mammal, such as from a native PRO polypeptide.

In a still further embodiment, the invention supplies an ex vivo producer cell comprising a nucleic acid construct that expresses retroviral structural proteins and also comprises a retroviral vector consisting essentially of a promoter, nucleic acid encoding (a) a PRO polypeptide, (b) an agonist polypeptide of a PRO polypeptide or

(c) an antagonist polypeptide of a PRO polypeptide, and a signal sequence for cellular secretion of the polypeptide, wherein said producer cell packages tlie retroviral vector in association with the structural proteins to produce recombinant retroviral particles.

In yet another embodiment, the invention provides a method for inhibiting endothelial cell growth in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal (a) a PRO polypeptide, (b) an agonist of a PRO polypeptide, or

(c) an antagonist of a PRO polypeptide, wherein endothelial cell growth hi said mammal is inhibited, and wherein said agonist or antagonist may be an anti-PRO antibody. Preferably, the mammal is human and the endothelial cell growth is associated with a tumor or a retinal disorder.

In yet another embodiment, the invention provides a method for stimulating endothelial cell growth in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal (a) a PRO polypeptide, (b) an agonist of a PRO polypeptide, or (c) an antagonist of a PRO polypeptide, wherein endothelial cell growth in said mammal is stimulated, and wherein said agonist or antagonist may be an anti-PRO antibody. Preferably, the mammal is human.

In yet another embodiment, the invention provides a method for inhibiting cardiac hypertrophy in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal (a) a PRO polypeptide, (b) an agonist of a PRO polypeptide, or

(c) an antagonist of a PRO polypeptide, wherein cardiac hypertrophy in said mammal is inhibited, and wherein said agonist or antagonist may be an anti-PRO antibody. Preferably, the mammal is human and the cardiac hypertrophy has been induced by myocardial infarction.

In yet another embodiment, the invention provides a method for stimulating cardiac hypertrophy in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal (a) a PRO polypeptide, (b) an agonist of a PRO polypeptide, or

(c) an antagonist of a PRO polypeptide, wherem cardiac hypertrophy in said mammal is stimulated, and wherein said agonist or antagonist may be an anti-PRO antibody. Preferably, the mammal is human who suffers from congestive heart failure.

In yet another embodiment, the invention provides a mediod for inhibiting angiogenesis induced by a PRO polypeptide in a mammal comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of an anti-PRO antibody to the mammal. Preferably, tlie mammal is a human, and more preferably the mammal has a tumor or a retinal disorder. In yet another embodiment, the invention provides a method for stimulating angiogenesis induced by a

PRO polypeptide in a mammal comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of a PRO polypeptide to tlie mammal. Preferably, the mammal is a human, and more preferably angiogenesis would promote tissue regeneration or wound healing.

In yet another embodiment, the invention provides a method for modulating (e.g. , ήihibiting or stimulating) endothelial cell growth in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal a PR021, PRO 181, PRO205,

PR0214, PR0221, PR0229, PR0231, PR0238, PR0241, PR0247, PR0256, PR0258, PR0263, PR0265, PR0295, PR0321, PR0322, PR0337, PR0363, PR0365, PR0444, PR0533, PR0697, PRO720, PR0725, PR0771, PR0788, PR0791, PR0819, PR0827, PR0828, PR0836, PR0846, PR0865, PRO1005, PRO1006, PRO1007, PRO1025, PRO1029, PRO1054, PRO1071, PRO1075, PRO1079, PRO1080, PR01114, PROH31, PR01155, PRO1160, PR01184, PR01186, PRO1190, PR01192, PR01195, PR01244, PR01272, PR01273,

PR01274, PR01279, PR01283, PR01286, PRO1306, PRO1309, PR01325, PR01329, PR01347, PR01356, PR01376, PR01382, PR01411, PR01412, PR01419, PR01474, PR01477, PR01488, PRO1508, PRO1550, PR01556, PRO1760, PR01782, PR01787, PRO1801, PR01868, PR01887, PRO1890, PR03438, PR03444, PRO4302, PR04324, PR04333, PR04341, PR04342, PR04353, PR04354, PR04356, PR04371, PRO4405, PRO4408, PR04422, PR04425, PR04499, PR05723, PR05725, PR05737, PR05776, PRO6006, PRO6029, PRO6071, PR07436, PR09771, PR09821, PR09873, PRO10008, PRO10096, PRO19670, PRO20040, PRO20044, PRO21055, PR021384 or PR028631 polypeptide, agonist or antagonist thereof, wherein endothelial cell growth in said mammal is modulated.

In yet another embodiment, the inventionprovides a method for modulating (e.g. , inhibiting or stimulating) smooth muscle cell growth in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal a PRO 162, PRO 181, PRO 182, PR0195, PRO204, PR0221, PRO230, PR0256, PR0258, PR0533, PR0697, PR0725, PR0738, PR0826, PR0836,PR0840,PR0846,PR0865,PR0982,PR01025,PR01029,PR01071,PR01080,PR01083,PR01134,

PRO1160, PR01182, PROH84, PR01186, PR01192, PR01265, PR01274, PR01279, PR01283, PRO1306, PRO1308, PRO1309, PR01325, PR01337, PR01338, PR01343, PR01376, PR01387, PR01411, PR01412, PR01415, PR01434, PR01474, PR01488, PRO1550, PR01556, PR01567, PRO1600, PR01754, PR01758, PRO1760, PR01787, PR01865, PR01868, PR01917, PR01928, PR03438, PR03562, PRO4302, PR04333, PR04345, PR04353, PR04354, PRO4405, PRO4408, PRO4430, PRO4503, PR05725, PR06714, PR09771,

PRO9820, PRO9940, PROl 0096, PR021055, PR021184 or PR021366 polypeptide, agonist or antagonist thereof, wherein endothelial cell growth in said mammal is modulated.

In yet another embodiment, the invention provides a method for modulating (e.g., inducing or reducing) cardiac hypertrophy in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal a PR021 polypeptide, agonist or antagonist thereof, wherein cardiac hypertrophy in said mammal is modulated.

In yet another embodiment, the invention provides a method for modulating (e.g. , inducing or reducing) endothelial cell apoptosis in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal a PRO4302 polypeptide, agonist or antagonist thereof, wherein cardiac hypertrophy in said mammal is modulated.

In yet another embodiment, the invention provides a method for modulating (e. g. , stimulating or inhibiting) angiogenesis in a mammal comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of a PRO 1376 or PRO 1449 polypeptide, agonist or antagonist thereof to the mammal, wherein said angiogenesis is modulated.

In yet another embodiment, the invention provides a method for modulating (e.g., inducing or reducing) angiogenesis by modulating (e.g., inducing or reducing) endothelial cell tube formation in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal a PR0178, PR0195, PR0228, PRO301, PRO302, PR0532, PR0724, PRO730, PRO734,PRO793,PRO871,PRO938,PRO1012;PRO1120,PRO1139,PRO1198,PRO1287,PRO1361,PRO1864,

PR01873, PRO2010, PR03579, PR04313, PR04527, PR04538, PR04553, PR04995, PRO5730, PRO6008, PR07223, PR07248 or PR07261 polypeptide, agonist or antagonist thereof, wherein endotlielial cell tube formation in said mammal is modulated.

In other embodiments of the present invention, the invention provides an isolated nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence that encodes a PRO polypeptide.

In one aspect, the isolated nucleic acid molecule comprises a nucleotide sequence having at least about 80%, 81%, 82%, 83%, 84%, 85%, 86%, 87%, 88%, 89%, 90%, 91%, 92%, 93%, 94%, 95%, 96%, 97% or 98% nucleic acid sequence identity and alternatively at least about 99% nucleic acid sequence identity to (a) a DNA molecule encoding a PRO polypeptide having a full-length amino acid sequence as disclosed herein, an amino acid sequence lacking the signal peptide as disclosed herein, an extracellular domain of a transmembrane protein, with or without the signal peptide, as disclosed herein or any other specifically defined fragment of the full-length amino acid sequence as disclosed herein, or (b) the complement of tlie DNA molecule of (a).

In other aspects, the isolated nucleic acid molecule comprises a nucleotide sequence having at least about 80%, 81%, 82%, 83%, 84%, 85%, 86%, 87%, 88%, 89%, 90%, 91%, 92%, 93%, 94%, 95%, 96%, 97% or 98% nucleic acid sequence identity and alternatively at least about 99% nucleic acid sequence identity to (a) a DNA molecule comprising the coding sequence of a full-length PRO polypeptide cDNA as disclosed herein, tlie coding sequence of a PRO polypeptide lacking the signal peptide as disclosed herein, the coding sequence of an extracellular domain of a transmembrane PRO polypeptide, with or without the signal peptide, as disclosed herein or the coding sequence of any other specifically defined fragment of the full-length amino acid sequence as disclosed herein, or (b) the complement of the DNA molecule of (a).

In a further aspect, the invention provides an isolated nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence having at least about 80%, 81%, 82%, 83%, 84%, 85%, 86%, 87%, 88%, 89%, 90%, 91%, 92%, 93%,

94%, 95%, 96%, 97% or 98% nucleic acid sequence identity and alternatively at least about 99% nucleic acid sequence identity to (a) a DNA molecule that encodes the same mature polypeptide encoded by any of the human protein cDNAs deposited with the ATCC as disclosed herein, or (b) the complement of the DNA molecule of (a).

Another aspect of the present invention provides an isolated nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence encoding a PRO polypeptide which is either transmembrane domain-deleted or transmembrane domain-inactivated, or is complementary to such encoding nucleotide sequence, wherein the transmembrane domain(s) of such polypeptide are disclosed herein. Therefore, soluble extracellular domains of the herein described PRO polypeptides are contemplated.

Another embodiment is directed to fragments of a PRO polypeptide coding sequence, or the complement thereof, that may find use as, for example, hybridization probes, for encoding fragments of a PRO polypeptide that may optionally encode a polypeptide comprising a binding site for an anti-PRO antibody or as antisense oligonucleotide probes. Such nucleic acid fragments are usually at least about 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180, 190, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450, 500, 600, 700 or 800 nucleotides in length and alternatively at least about 1000 nucleotides in length, wherein hi this context the term "about" means the referenced nucleotide sequence length plus or minus 10% of that referenced length. It is noted that novel fragments of a PRO polypeptide-encoding nucleotide sequence may be determined in a routine manner by aligning the PRO polypeptide-encoding nucleotide sequence with other known nucleotide sequences using any of a number of well known sequence alignment programs and determining which PRO polypeptide-encoding nucleotide sequence fragment(s) are novel. All of such PRO polypeptide-encoding nucleotide sequences are contemplated herein. Also contemplated are the PRO polypeptide fragments encoded by these nucleotide molecule fragments, preferably those PRO polypeptide fragments that comprise a binding site for an anti-PRO antibody.

In another embodiment, the invention provides an isolated PRO polypeptide encoded by any of the isolated nucleic acid sequences hereinabove identified.

In a certain aspect, the invention provides an isolated PRO polypeptide comprising an amino acid sequence having at least about 80%, 81%, 82%, 83%, 84%, 85%, 86%, 87%, 88%, 89%, 90%, 91%, 92%, 93%, 94%, 95%, 96%o, 97% or 98% amino acid sequence identity and alternatively at least about 99% amino acid sequence identity to a PRO polypeptide having a full-length amino acid sequence as disclosed herein, an amino acid sequence lacking the signal peptide as disclosed herein, an extracellular domain of a transmembrane protein, with or without the signal peptide, as disclosed herein or any other specifically defined fragment of the full-length amino acid sequence as disclosed herein.

In a further aspect, the invention provides an isolated PRO polypeptide comprising an amino acid sequence having at least about 80%, 81%, 82%, 83%, 84%, 85%, 86%, 87%, 88%, 89%, 90%, 91%, 92%, 93%, 94%, 95%,

96%, 97% or 98% amino acid sequence identity and alternatively at least about 99% amino acid sequence identity to an amino acid sequence encoded by any of the human protein cDNAs deposited with the ATCC as disclosed herein.

In a specific aspect, the invention provides an isolated PRO polypeptide without the N-terminal signal sequence and/or the initiating methionine and that is encoded by a nucleotide sequence that encodes such an amino acid sequence as hereinbefore described. Processes for producing the same are also herein described, wherein those processes comprise culturing a host cell comprising a vector which comprises the appropriate encoding nucleic acid molecule under conditions suitable for expression of the PRO polypeptide and recovering the PRO polypeptide from the cell culture. Another aspect of the invention provides an isolated PRO polypeptide which is either transmembrane domain-deleted or transmembrane domain-inactivated. Processes for producing the same are also herein described, wherein those processes comprise culturing a host cell comprising a vector which comprises the appropriate encoding nucleic acid molecule under conditions suitable for expression of the PRO polypeptide and recovering the PRO polypeptide from the cell culture. In yet another embodiment, the invention provides agonists and antagonists of a native PRO polypeptide as defined herein. In a particular embodiment, the agonist or antagonist is an anti-PRO antibody or a small molecule.

In a further embodiment, the invention provides a method of identifying agonists or antagonists to a PRO polypeptide which comprise contacting the PRO polypeptide with a candidate molecule and monitoring a biological activity mediated by said PRO polypeptide. Preferably, the PRO polypeptide is a native PRO polypeptide.

In a still further embodiment, the invention provides a composition of matter comprising a PRO polypeptide, or an agonist or antagonist of a PRO polypeptide as herein described, or an anti-PRO antibody, in combination with a carrier. Optionally, the carrier is a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

Another embodiment of the present invention is directed to the use of a PRO polypeptide, or an agonist or antagonist thereof as hereinbefore described, or an anti-PRO antibody, for tlie preparation of a medicament useful in the treatment of a condition which is responsive to the PRO polypeptide, an agonist or antagonist thereof or an anti-PRO antibody. In additional embodiments of the present invention, the invention provides vectors comprising DNA encoding any of the herein described polypeptides. Host cells comprising any such vector are also provided. By way of example, tl e host cells may be CHO cells, E. coli, yeast, or Baculovirus-infected insect cells. A process for producing any of the herein described polypeptides is further provided and comprises culturing host cells under conditions suitable for expression of the desired polypeptide and recovering the desired polypeptide from the cell culture.

In other embodiments, the invention provides chimeric molecules comprising any of the herein described polypeptides fused to a heterologous polypeptide or amino acid sequence. Example of such chimeric molecules comprise any of the herein described polypeptides fused to an epitope tag sequence or a Fc region of an immunoglobulin.

In yet another embodiment, the invention provides an antibody which specifically binds to any of the above or below described polypeptides. Optionally, the antibody is a monoclonal antibody, humanized antibody, antibody fragment or single-chain antibody.

In yet other embodiments, the invention provides oligonucleotide probes useful for isolating genomic and cDNA nucleotide sequences or as antisense probes, wherein those probes may be derived from any of the above or below described nucleotide sequences.

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Figure 1 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 1) of a native sequence PR0181 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:l is a clone designated herein as "DNA23330-1390".

Figure 2 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:2) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:l shown in Figure 1.

Figure 3 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:3) of a native sequence PR0178 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:3 is a clone designated herein as "DNA23339-1130". Figure 4 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:4) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID

NO:3 shown in Figure 3.

Figure 5 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ED NO:5) of a native sequence PR0444 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:5 is a clone designated herein as "DNA26846-1397".

Figure 6 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 6) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:5 shown in Figure 5.

Figure 7 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:7) of a native sequence PRO 195 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:7 is a clone designated herein as "DNA26847-1395".

Figure 8 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:8) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:7 shown in Figure 7. Figure 9 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:9) of a native sequence PROl 82 cDNA, wherein SEQ

ID NO:9 is a clone designated herein as "DNA27865-1091".

Figure 10 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 10) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:9 shown in Figure 9.

Figure 11 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JJD NO: 11) of a native sequence PRO205 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 11 is a clone designated herein as "DNA30868-1156".

Figure 12 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 12) derived from tlie coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 11 shown in Figure 11.

Figure 13 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 13) of a native sequence PRO204 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 13 is a clone designated herein as "DNA30871-1157".

Figure 14 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 14) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:13 shown in Figure 13. Figure 15 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 15) ofa native sequence PR01873 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO: 15 is a clone designated herein as "DNA30880".

Figure 16 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 16) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 15 shown in Figure 15.

Figure 17 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 17) ofa native sequence PR0214 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:17 is a clone designated herein as "DNA32286-1191".

Figure 18 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 18) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 17 shown in Figure 17.

Figure 19 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:19) ofa native sequence PR0221 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 19 is a clone designated herein as "DNA33089-1132". Figure 20 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:20) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID

NO: 19 shown in Figure 19.

Figure 21 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:21) ofa native sequence PR0228 cDNA, wherem SEQ ID NO:21 is a clone designated herein as "DNA33092-1202".

Figure 22 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:22) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:21 shown in Figure 21.

Figure 23 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:23) of a native sequence PR0229 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:23 is a clone designated herein as "DNA33100-1159".

Figure 24 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:24) derived from tlie coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:23 shown in Figure 23. Figure 25 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:25) ofa native sequence PRO230 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:25 is a clone designated herein as "DNA33223-1136".

Figure 26 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:26) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:25 shown in Figure 25.

Figure 27 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:27) ofa native sequence PR07223 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:27 is a clone designated herein as "DNA34385".

Figure 28 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:28) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:27 shown in Figure 27. Figure 29 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:29) of a native sequence PR0241 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:29 is a clone designated herein as "DNA34392-1170".

Figure 30 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:30) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:29 shown in Figure 29. Figure 31 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:31) of a native sequence PR0263 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:31 is a clone designated herein as "DNA34431-1177".

Figure 32 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:32) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:31 shown in Figure 31.

Figure 33 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:33) ofa native sequence PR0321 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:33 is a clone designated herein as "DNA34433-1308".

Figure 34 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 34) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:33 shown in Figure 33.

Figure 35 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:35) of a native sequence PR0231 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:35 is a clone designated herein as "DNA34434-1139". Figure 36 shows tlie amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:36) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID

NO: 35 shown in Figure 35.

Figure 37 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:37) ofa native sequence PR0238 cDNA, wherem SEQ ID N0:37 is a clone designated herein as "DNA35600-1162".

Figure 38 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 38) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:37 shown in Figure 37.

Figure 39 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:39) of a native sequence PR0247 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:39 is a clone designated herein as "DNA35673-1201".

Figure 40 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:40) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:39 shown in Figure 39. Figure 41 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:41) of a native sequence PR0256 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:41 is a clone designated herein as "DNA35880-1160".

Figure 42 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:42) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:41 shown in Figure 41.

Figure 43 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:43) ofa native sequence PR0258 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:43 is a clone designated herein as "DNA35918-1174".

Figure 44 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:44) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:43 shown in Figure 43.

Figure 45 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:45) of a native sequence PR0265 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:45 is a clone designated herein as "DNA36350-1158". Figure 46 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:46) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID

NO:45 shown in Figure 45.

Figure 47 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:47) ofa native sequence PR021 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:47 is a clone designated herein as "DNA36638-1056".

Figure 48 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:48) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:47 shown in Figure 47.

Figure 49 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:49) of a native sequence PR0295 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:49 is a clone designated herein as "DNA38268-1188".

Figure 50 shows the ammo acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:50) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:49 shown in Figure 49.

Figure 51 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:51) of a native sequence PRO302 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:51 is a clone designated herein as "DNA40370-1217". Figure 52 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:52) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID

NO: 51 shown hi Figure 51.

Figure 53 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:53) of a native sequence PRO301 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:53 is a clone designated herein as "DNA40628-1216".

Figure 54 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:54) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:53 shown in Figure 53.

Figure 55 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:55) of a native sequence PR0337 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:55 is a clone designated herein as "DNA43316-1237".

Figure 56 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:56) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:55 shown in Figure 55. Figure 57 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:57) ofa native sequence PR07248 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:57 is a clone designated herein as "DNA44195".

Figure 58 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID O:58) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:57 shown in Figure 57.

Figure 59 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:59) ofa native sequence PR0846 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:59 is a clone designated herein as "DNA44196-1353".

Figure 60 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:60) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:59 shown in Figure 59.

Figure 61 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:61) ofa native sequence PR01864 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:61 is a clone designated herein as "DNA45409-2511". Figure 62 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO : 62) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID

NO:61 shown in Figure 61.

Figure 63 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:63) ofa native sequence PR0363 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:63 is a clone designated herein as "DNA45419-1252".

Figure 64 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:64) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ED NO:63 shown in Figure 63.

Figure 65 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:65) of a native sequence PRO730 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:65 is a clone designated herein as "DNA45624-1400". Figure 66 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:66) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:65 shown in Figure 65.

Figure 67 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:67) of a native sequence PR0365 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID N0:67 is a clone designated herein as "DNA46777-1253". Figure 68 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:68) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID

NO:67 shown in Figure 67.

Figure 69 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO: 69) ofa native sequence PR0532 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID N0:69 is a clone designated herein as "DNA48335".

Figure 70 shows tlie amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:70) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:69 shown in Figure 69.

Figure 71 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:71) of a native sequence PR0322 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:71 is a clone designated herein as "DNA48336-1309".

Figure 72 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:72) derived from tlie coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:71 shown in Figure 71. Figure 73 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:73) ofa native sequence PROl 120 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:73 is a clone designated herein as "DNA48606-1479".

Figure 74 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:74) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:73 shown in Figure 73.

Figure 75 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:75) of a native sequence PR07261 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:75 is a clone designated herein as "DNA49149".

Figure 76 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:76) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:75 shown in Figure 75.

Figure 77 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:77) of a native sequence PR0533 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:77 is a clone designated herein as "DNA49435-1219". Figure 78 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:78) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID

NO:77 shown in Figure 77.

Figure 79 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:79) of a native sequence PR0724 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID N0:79 is a clone designated herein as "DNA49631-1328".

Figure 80 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 80) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:79 shown in Figure 79.

Figure 81 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:81) ofa native sequence PR0734 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:81 is a clone designated herein as "DNA49817".

Figure 82 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:82) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:81 shown in Figure 81. Figure 83 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:83) of a native sequence PR0771 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:83 is a clone designated herein as "DNA49829-1346".

Figure 84 shows tlie amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 84) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:83 shown in Figure 83.

Figure 85 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:85) of a native sequence PRO2010 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:85 is a clone designated herein as "DNA50792".

Figure 86 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:86) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:85 shown in Figure 85.

Figure 87 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:87) of a native sequence PR0871 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID N0:87 is a clone designated herein as "DNA50919-1361".

Figure 88 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:88) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:87 shown in Figure 87. Figure 89 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:89) of a native sequence PR0697 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:89 is a clone designated herein as "DNA50920-1325".

Figure 90 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:90) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:89 shown in Figure 89.

Figure 91 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:91) of anative sequence PRO1083 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:91 is a clone designated herein as "DNA50921-1458".

Figure 92 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:22) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:91 shown in Figure 91.

Figure 93 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:93) ofa native sequence PR0725 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:93 is a clone designated herein as "DNA52758-1399". Figure 94 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:94) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID

NO:93 shown in Figure 93.

Figure 95 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:95) ofa native sequence PRO720 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:95 is a clone designated herein as "DNA53517-1366-1".

Figure 96 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:96) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:95 shown in Figure 95.

Figure 97 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:97) ofa native sequence PR0738 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:97 is a clone designated herein as "DNA53915-1258".

Figure 98 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:98) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:97 shown in Figure 97. Figure 99 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:99) of a native sequence PR0865 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:99 is a clone designated herein as "DNA53974-1401".

Figure 100 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:100) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:99 shown in Figure 99.

Figure 101 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 101) ofa native sequence PRO840 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:101 is a clone designated herein as "DNA53987-1438".

Figure 102 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO: 102) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:101 shown in Figure 101. Figure 103 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO: 103) of anative sequence PRO 1080 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 103 is a clone designated herein as "DNA56047-1456".

Figure 104 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:104) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 103 shown in Figure 103. Figure 105 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 105) of a native sequence PRO 1079 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:105 is a clone designated herein as "DNA56050-1455".

Figure 106 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:106) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 105 shown in Figure 105.

Figure 107 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 107) ofa native sequence PR0793 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO: 107 is a clone designated herein as "DNA56110- 1437" .

Figure 108 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:108) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 107 shown in Figure 107.

Figure 109 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 109) ofa native sequence PR0788 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 109 is a clone designated herein as "DNA56405-1357". Figure 110 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 110) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO: 109 shown in Figure 109.

Figure 111 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO: 111) ofa native sequence PR0938 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:l 11 is a clone designated herein as "DNA56433-1406".

Figure 112 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:l 12) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:l 11 shown in Figure 111.

Figure 113 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO : 113) of a native sequence PRO 1012 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:l 13 is a clone designated herein as "DNA56439-1376".

Figure 114 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 114) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 113 shown in Figure 113. Figure 115 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 115) ofa native sequence PRO 1477 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:l 15 is a clone designated herein as "DNA56529-1647".

Figure 116 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:l 16) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO: 115 shown in Figure 115.

Figure 117 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO: 117) of anative sequence PROl 134cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:l 17 is a clone designated herein as "DNA56865-1491".

Figure 118 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO : 118) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 117 shown in Figure 117.

Figure 119 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 119) of a native sequence PRO 162 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 119 is a clone designated herein as "DNA56965-1356". Figure 120 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:120) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

JD NO: 119 shown in Figure 119.

Figure 121 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 121 ) of a native sequence PRO 1114 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO: 121 is a clone designated herein as "DNA57033-1403-1".

Figure 122 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 122) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:121 shown in Figure 121.

Figure 123 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO: 123) ofa native sequence PR0828 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 123 is a clone designated herein as "DNA57037-1444".

Figure 124 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 124) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 123 shown in Figure 123.

Figure 125 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 125) of anative sequence PR0827 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:125 is a clone designated herein as "DNA57039-1402". Figure 126 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:126) derived from tlie coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO: 125 shown in Figure 125.

Figure 127 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 127) ofa native sequence PRO 1075 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:127 is a clone designated herein as "DNA57689-1385".

Figure 128 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 128) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 127 shown in Figure 127.

Figure 129 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 129) of a native sequence PRO 1007 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO: 129 is a clone designated herein as "DNA57690-1374".

Figure 130 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:130) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 129 shown in Figure 129. Figure 131 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 131) ofa native sequence PR0826 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO: 131 is a clone designated herein as "DNA57694-1341".

Figure 132 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:132) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 131 shown in Figure 131.

Figure 133 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 133) of a native sequence PR0819 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:132 is a clone designated herein as "DNA57695-1340".

Figure 134 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:134) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO: 133 shown in Figure 133.

Figure 135 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO: 135) of anative sequence PRO1006 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:135 is a clone designated herein as "DNA57699-1412". Figure 136 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:136) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

JD NO:135 shown in Figure 135.

Figure 137 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 137) ofa native sequence PR0982 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:137 is a clone designated herein as "DNA57700-1408".

Figure 138 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ED N0:138) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID N0:137 shown in Figure 137.

Figure 139 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO : 139) of a native sequence PRO 1005 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:139 is a clone designated herein as "DNA57708-1411". Figure 140 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO: 140) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 139 shown in Figure 139.

Figure 141 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 141) ofa native sequence PR0791 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:141 is a clone designated herein as "DNA57838-1337". Figure 142 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 142) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

JD NO:141 shown in Figure 141.

Figure 143 showsanucleotidesequence (SEQIDNO:143) ofanativesequencePRO1071 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 143 is a clone designated herein as "DNA58847-1383".

Figure 144 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 144) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 143 shown hi Figure 43.

Figure 145 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 145) of anative sequence PRO 1415 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 145 is a clone designated herein as "DNA58852-1637".

Figure 146 shows tl e amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:146) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 145 shown in Figure 145. Figure 147 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 147) ofa native sequence PRO 1054 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:147 is a clone designated herein as "DNA58853-1423".

Figure 148 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 148) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 147 shown in Figure 147.

Figure 149 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 149) of anative sequence PRO 1411 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 149 is a clone designated herein as "DNA59212-1627".

Figure 150 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 150) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 149 shown in Figure 149.

Figure 151 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO: 151) ofa native sequence PRO 1184 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:151 is a clone designated herein as "DNA59220-1514". Figure 152 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 152) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO: 151 shown in Figure 151.

Figure 153 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 153) of a native sequence PRO 1029 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:153 is a clone designated herein as "DNA59493-1420".

Figure 154 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 154) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 153 shown in Figure 153.

Figure 155 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 155) of anative sequence PROl 139 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 155 is a clone designated herein as "DNA59497-1496".

Figure 156 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:156) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 155 shown in Figure 155. Figure 157 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO: 157) ofa native sequence PRO 1190 cDNA, wherein

SEQ JD NO: 157 is a clone designated herein as "DNA59586-1520".

Figure 158 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 158) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID N0:157 shown in Figure 157.

Figure 159 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 159) ofa native sequence PRO 1309 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 159 is a clone designated herein as "DNA59588-1571".

Figure 160 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 160) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 159 shown in Figure 159.

Figure 161 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ IDNO:161) of anative sequence PR0836 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 161 is a clone designated herein as "DNA59620-1463".

Figure 162 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 162) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:161 shown in Figure 161. Figure 163 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:163) ofanativesequencePRO1025 cDNA, wherein

SEQ JD NO:163 is a clone designated herein as "DNA59622-1334".

Figure 164 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 164) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:163 shown in Figure 163.

Figure 165 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 165) ofa native sequence PRO 1131 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 165 is a clone designated herein as "DNA59777-1480".

Figure 166 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO: 166) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 165 shown in Figure 165.

Figure 167 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ DD NO: 167) of a native sequence PRO 1182 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 167 is a clone designated herein as "DNA59848-1512". Figure 168 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 168) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

JD NO: 167 shown in Figure 167.

Figure 169 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO : 169) of a native sequence PRO 1155 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:169 is a clone designated herein as "DNA59849- 1504".

Figure 170 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 170) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 169 shown in Figure 169.

Figure 171 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO: 171) ofa native sequence PRO 1186 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 171 is a clone designated herein as "DNA60621-1516".

Figure 172 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 172) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:171 shown in Figure 171. Figure 173 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:173) ofanative sequencePROH98 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO: 173 is a clone designated herein as "DNA60622-1525".

Figure 174 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 174) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 173 shown in Figure 173.

Figure 175 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ED NO: 175) ofa native sequence PRO 1265 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 175 is a clone designated herein as "DNA60764-1533".

Figure 176 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO: 176) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 175 shown hi Figure 175. Figure 177 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ED NO: 177) of anative sequence PR01361 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 177 is a clone designated herein as "DNA60783-1611".

Figure 178 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 178) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 177 shown in Figure 177. Figure 179 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 179) of anative sequence PR01287 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:179 is a clone designated herein as "DNA61755-1554".

Figure 180 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:180) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 179 shown in Figure 179.

Figure 181 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO : 181 ) of a native sequence PRO 1308 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:181 is a clone designated herein as "DNA62306-1570".

Figure 182 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 182) derived from tlie coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:181 shown in Figure 181.

Figure 183 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 183) of anative sequence PR04313 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:183 is a clone designated herein as "DNA62312-2558". Figure 184 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 184) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO: 183 shown in Figure 183.

Figure 185 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 185) of a native sequence PRO 1192 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:185 is a clone designated herein as "DNA62814-1521".

Figure 186 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 186) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO: 185 shown in Figure 185.

Figure 187 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 187) ofa native sequence PRO 1160 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:187 is a clone designated herein as "DNA62872-1509".

Figure 188 shows the ammo acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 188) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:187 shown in Figure 187. Figure 189 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 189) of anative sequence PRO 1244 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:189 is a clone designated herein as "DNA64883-1526".

Figure 190 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 190) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:189 shown in Figure 189.

Figure 191 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 191 ) of a native sequence PRO 1356 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:191 is a clone designated herein as "DNA64886-1601".

Figure 192 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:192) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:191 shown in Figure 191.

Figure 193 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO: 193) of anative sequence PRO 1274 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:193 is a clone designated herein as "DNA64889-1541". Figure 194 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO : 194) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

JD NO: 193 shown in Figure 193.

Figure 195 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO: 195) of a native sequence PRO 1272 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO: 195 is a clone designated herein as "DNA64896-1539".

Figure 196 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 196) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:195 shown in Figure 195.

Figure 197 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO : 197) of a native sequence PRO 1412 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:197 is a clone designated herein as "DNA64897-1628".

Figure 198 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO: 198) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:197 shown in Figure 197.

Figure 199 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO : 199) ofa native sequence PRO 1286 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO: 199 is a clone designated herein as "DNA64903-1553". Figure 200 shows tlie amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:200) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO:199 shown in Figure 199.

Figure 201 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:201 ) ofa native sequence PRO 1347 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:201 is a clone designated herein as "DNA64950-1590".

Figure 202 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:202) derived from tlie coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:201 shown in Figure 201.

Figure 203 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ IDNO:203) of anative sequence PRO 1273 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:203 is a clone designated herein as "DNA65402-1540".

Figure 204 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:204) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:203 shown in Figure 203. Figure 205 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:205) ofa native sequence PRO 1283 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:205 is a clone designated herein as "DNA65404-1551".

Figure 206 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:206) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:205 shown in Figure 205.

Figure 207 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:207) ofa native sequence PRO 1279 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:207 is a clone designated herein as "DNA65405- 1547".

Figure 208 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:208) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:207 shown in Figure 207.

Figure 209 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:209) ofa native sequence PRO 1306 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:209 is a clone designated herein as "DNA65410-1569". Figure 210 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:210) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO:209 shown in Figure 209.

Figure 211 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:211 ) of a native sequence PRO 1195 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:211 is a clone designated herein as "DNA65412-1523".

Figure 212 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:212) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:211 shown in Figure 211.

Figure 213 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:213) of a native sequence PR04995 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:213 is a clone designated herein as "DNA66307-2661". Figure 214 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:214) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:213 shown in Figure 213.

Figure 215 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:215) ofa native sequence PRO 1382 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:215 is a clone designated herein as "DNA66526-1616". Figure 216 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:216) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO:215 shown in Figure 215.

Figure217 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:217) of anative sequence PR01325 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:217 is a clone designated herein as "DNA66659-1593".

Figure 218 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:218) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:217 shown in Figure 217.

Figure 219 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:219) ofa native sequence PRO 1329 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:219 is a clone designated herein as "DNA66660-1585".

Figure 220 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:220) derived from tlie coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:219 shown in Figure 219. Figure 221 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:221) ofa native sequence PRO 1338 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:221 is a clone designated herein as "DNA66667-1596".

Figure 222 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:222) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:221 shown in Figure 221.

Figure 223 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:223) of anative sequence PRO 1337 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:223 is a clone designated herein as "DNA66672-1586".

Figure 224 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:224) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:223 shown in Figure 223.

Figure 225 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:225) ofa native sequence PR01343 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:225 is a clone designated herein as "DNA66675-1587". Figure 226 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:226) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO:225 shown in Figure 225.

Figure 227 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:227) of anative sequence PR01376 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:227 is a clone designated herein as "DNA67300-1605".

Figure 228 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:228) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:227 shown in Figure 227.

Figure 229 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:229) of anative sequence PR01434 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:229 is a clone designated herein as "DNA68818-2536".

Figure 230 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:230) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:229 shown in Figure 229. Figure 231 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:231) ofa native sequence PR03579 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:231 is a clone designated herein as "DNA68862-2546".

Figure 232 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:232) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:231 shown in Figure 231.

Figure 233 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:233) of anative sequence PR01387 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:233 is a clone designated herein as "DNA68872- 1620".

Figure 234 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID N0:234) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:233 shown in Figure 233.

Figure 235 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO :235) of a native sequence PRO 1419 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:235 is a clone designated herein as "DNA71290-1630".

Figure 236 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:236) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:235 shown in Figure 235. Figure 237 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:237) ofa native sequence PRO 1488 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:237 is a clone designated herein as "DNA73736-1657".

Figure 238 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:238) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:237 shown in Figure 237.

Figure 239 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:239) of anative sequence PR01474 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:239 is a clone designated herein as "DNA73739-1645".

Figure 240 shows tlie amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:240) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:239 shown in Figure 239.

Figure 241 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:241) of anative sequence PRO1508 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:241 is a clone designated herein as "DNA73742- 1662". Figure 242 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:242) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO:241 shown in Figure 241.

Figure 243 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:243) ofa native sequence PRO 1754 cDNA, wherem SEQ JD NO:243 is a clone designated herein as "DNA76385-1692".

Figure 244 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:244) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:243 shown in Figure 243.

Figure 245 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:245) o a native sequence PROl 550 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:245 is a clone designated herein as "DNA76393-1664".

Figure 246 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:246) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:245 shown in Figure 245. Figure 247 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:247) ofa native sequence PROl 758 cDNA, wherein

SEQ JD NO:247 is a clone designated herein as "DNA76399-1700".

Figure 248 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:248) derived from tl e coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:247 shown in Figure 247.

Figure 249 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:249) ofa native sequence PRO 1917 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:249 is a clone designated herein as "DNA76400-2528".

Figure 250 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:250) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:249 shown in Figure 249. Figure 251 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ED N0:251) ofa native sequence PRO 1787 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:251 is a clone designated herein as "DNA76510-2504".

Figure 252 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:252) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:251 shown in Figure 251. Figure 253 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ J NO:253) of anative sequence PRO 1556 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:253 is a clone designated herein as "DNA76529-1666".

Figure 254 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:254) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:253 shown in Figure 253.

Figure 255 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ EDNO:255) of anative sequence PRO 1760 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:255 is a clone designated herein as "DNA76532-1702".

Figure 256 shows tlie amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:256) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:255 shown in Figure 255.

Figure 257 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:257) ofa native sequence PRO 1567 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:257 is a clone designated herein as "DNA76541-1675". Figure 258 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:258) derived from tlie coding sequence of SEQ

JD NO:257 shown in Figure 257.

Figure 259 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:259) ofa native sequence PRO 1600 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:259 is a clone designated herein as "DNA77503-1686".

Figure 260 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:260) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:259 shown in Figure 259.

Figure 261 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID O:261) of anative sequence PROl 868 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:261 is a clone designated herein as "DNA77624-2515".

Figure 262 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:262) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:261 shown in Figure 261. Figure 263 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:263) ofa native sequence PRO 1890 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:263 is a clone designated herein as "DNA79230-2525".

Figure 264 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:264) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:263 shown in Figure 263.

Figure 265 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:265) ofa native sequence PROl 887 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:265 is a clone designated herein as "DNA79862-2522".

Figure 266 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:265) derived from tlie coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:265 shown in Figure 265.

Figure 267 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:267) of anative sequence PR04353 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:267 is a clone designated herein as "DNA80145-2594". Figure 268 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ED NO:268) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

JD NO:267 shown in Figure 267.

Figure 269 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:269) ofa native sequence PRO 1782 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:269 is a clone designated herein as "DNA80899-2501".

Figure 270 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:270) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:269 shown in Figure 269.

Figure 271 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:271 ) of a native sequence PRO 1928 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:271 is a clone designated herein as "DNA81754-2532".

Figure 272 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:272) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:271 shown in Figure 271.

Figure 273 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:273) of anative sequence PRO 1865 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:273 is a clone designated herein as "DNA81757-2512". Figure 274 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:274) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

JD NO:273 shown in Figure 273.

Figure 275 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:275) ofa native sequence PR04341 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:275 is a clone designated herein as "DNA81761-2583".

Figure 276 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:276) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:275 shown in Figure 275.

Figure 277 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:277) ofa native sequence PR06714 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:277 is a clone designated herein as "DNA82358-2738".

Figure 278 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:278) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:277 shown in Figure 277. Figure 279 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:279) of anative sequence PR05723 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:279 is a clone designated herein as "DNA82361".

Figure 280 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:280) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:279 shown in Figure 279.

Figure 281 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ IDNO:281) of anative sequence PR03438 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:281 is a clone designated herein as "DNA82364-2538".

Figure 282 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:282) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:281 shown in Figure 281.

Figure 283 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:283) ofa native sequence PRO6071 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:283 is a clone designated herein as "DNA82403-2959". Figure 284 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:284) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO:283 shown in Figure 283.

Figure 285 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:285) of a native sequence PRO 1801 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:285 is a clone designated herein as "DNA83500-2506".

Figure 286 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:286) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:285 shown in Figure 285.

Figure 287 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:287) ofa native sequence PR04324 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:287 is a clone designated herein as "DNA83560-2569". Figure 288 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:288) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:287 shown in Figure 287.

Figure 289 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:289) ofa native sequence PR04333 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:289 is a clone designated herein as "DNA84210-2576". Figure 290 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:290) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

JD NO:289 shown in Figure 289.

Figure 291 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:291) of a native sequence PRO4405 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:291 is a clone designated herein as "DNA84920-2614".

Figure 292 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:292) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:291 shown in Figure 291.

Figure 293 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:293) ofa native sequence PR04356 cDNA, wherem SEQ JD NO:293 is a clone designated herein as "DNA86576-2595".

Figure 294 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:294) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:293 shown in Figure 293. Figure 295 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:295) of a native sequence PR03444 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:295 is a clone designated herein as "DNA87997".

Figure 296 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:296) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:295 shown in Figure 295.

Figure 297 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:297) ofa native sequence PR04302 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:297 is a clone designated herein as "DNA92218-2554".

Figure 298 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:298) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:297 shown in Figure 297.

Figure 299 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:299) of a native sequence PR04371 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:299 is a clone designated herein as "DNA92233-2599". Figure 300 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:300) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

JD NO:299 shown in Figure 299.

Figure 301 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO :301 ) of a native sequence PR04354 cDNA, wherein . SEQ ID NO:301 is a clone designated herein as "DNA92256-2596".

Figure 302 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:302) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ED NO:301 shown in Figure 301.

Figure 303 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ IDNO:303) of anative sequence PR05725 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:303 is a clone designated herein as "DNA92265-2669".

Figure 304 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:304) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:303 shown in Figure 303. Figure 305 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO :305) ofa native sequence PRO4408 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:305 is a clone designated herein as "DNA92274-2617".

Figure 306 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:306) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ED NO:305 shown in Figure 305.

Figure 307 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:307) ofa native sequence PRO9940 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:307 is a clone designated herein as "DNA92282".

Figure 308 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:308) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:307 shown in Figure 307.

Figure 309 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:309) of anative sequence PR05737 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:309 is a clone designated herein as "DNA92929-2534-1".

Figure 310 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:310) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:309 shown in Figure 309. Figure 311 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:311) ofa native sequence PR04425 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:311 is a clone designated herein as "DNA93011-2637".

Figure 312 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:312) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:311 shown in Figure 311.

Figure 313 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:313) ofa native sequence PR04345 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:313 is a clone designated herein as "DNA94854-2586".

Figure 314 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:314) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:313 shown in Figure 313.

Figure 315 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:315) ofa native sequence PR04342 cDNA, wherein SEQ ED NO:315 is a clone designated herein as "DNA96787-2534-1". Figure 316 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:316) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

JD NO:315 shown in Figure 315.

Figure317 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ JDNO:317) of anative sequence PR03562 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:317 is a clone designated herein as "DNA96791".

Figure 318 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:318) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:317 shown in Figure 317.

Figure 319 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ IDNO:319) of anative sequence PR04422 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:319 is a clone designated herein as "DNA96867-2620".

Figure 320 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:320) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:319 shown in Figure 319. Figure 321 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:321) ofa native sequence PR05776 cDNA, wherein

SEQ JD NO:321 is a clone designated herein as "DNA96872-2674".

Figure 322 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:322) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:321 shown in Figure 321.

Figure 323 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:323) ofa native sequence PRO4430 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:323 is a clone designated herein as "DNA96878-2626".

Figure 324 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:324) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:323 shown in Figure 323. Figure 325 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQID O:325) of anative sequence PR04499 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:325 is a clone designated herein as "DNA96889-2641".

Figure 326 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:326) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:325 shown in Figure 325. Figure 327 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:327) ofa native sequence PRO4503 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:327 is a clone designated herein as "DNA100312-2645".

Figure 328 shows tlie amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:328) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:327 shown in Figure 327.

Figure 329 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:329) of a native sequence PRO 10008 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:329 is a clone designated herein as "DNA101921".

Figure 330 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:330) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:329 shown in Figure 329.

Figure331 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID O:331) of anative sequence PRO5730 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:331 is a clone designated herein as "DNA101926". Figure 332 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:332) derived from tlie coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO:331 shown in Figure 331.

Figure 333 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:333) ofa native sequence PRO6008 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:333 is a clone designated herein as "DNA102844".

Figure 334 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:334) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:333 shown in Figure 333.

Figure 335 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:335) of anative sequence PR04527 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:335 is a clone designated herein as "DNA103197".

Figure 336 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:336) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:335 shown in Figure 335. Figure 337 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:337) of anative sequence PR04538 cDNA, wherein

SEQ ID NO:337 is a clone designated herein as "DNA103208".

Figure 338 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:338) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO-.337 shown hi Figure 337.

Figure 339 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQJDNO:339) of anative sequence PR04553 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:339 is a clone designated herein as "DNA103223".

Figure 340 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:340) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:339 shown in Figure 339.

Figure 341 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:341) of anative sequence PRO6006 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:341 is a clone designated herein as "DNA105782-2693". Figure 342 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:342) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO:341 shown in Figure 341.

Figure 343 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:343) ofa native sequence PRO6029 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:343 is a clone designated herein as "DNA105849-2704".

Figure 344 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:344) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:343 shown in Figure 343.

Figure 345 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:345) ofa native sequence PR09821 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:345 is a clone designated herein as "DNA108725-2766".

Figure 346 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:346) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:345 shown in Figure 345.

Figure 347 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:347) of anative sequence PRO9820 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:347 is a clone designated herein as "DNA108769-2765". Figure 348 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:348) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO:347 shown in Figure 347.

Figure 349 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:349) ofa native sequence PR09771 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:349 is a clone designated herein as "DNA119498-2965".

Figure 350 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:350) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:349 shown in Figure 349.

Figure 351 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:351 ) of a native sequence PR07436 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID O:351 is a clone designated herein as "DNA119535-2756".

Figure 352 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:352) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:351 shown in Figure 351. Figure 353 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:353) of a native sequence PRO10096 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:353 is a clone designated herein as "DNA125185-2806".

Figure 354 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:354) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:353 shown in Figure 353.

Figure 355 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:355) of a native sequence PRO19670 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:355 is a clone designated herein as "DNA131639-2874".

Figure 356 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:356) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:355 shown in Figure 355.

Figure 357 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:357) of a native sequence PRO20044 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:357 is a clone designated herein as "DNA139623-2893". Figure 358 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:358) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO.-357 shown in Figure 357.

Figure 359 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQIDNO:359) of anative sequence PR09873 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:359 is a clone designated herein as "DNA143076-2787".

Figure 360 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:360) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:359 shown in Figure 359.

Figure 361 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ JD NO:361) of a native sequence PR021366 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:361 is a clone designated herein as "DNA143276-2975". Figure 362 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:362) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:361 shown in Figure 361.

Figure 363 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:363) of a native sequence PRO20040 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:363 is a clone designated herein as "DNA164625-2890". Figure 364 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:364) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO:363 shown in Figure 363.

Figure 365 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:365) of a native sequence PR021184 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:365 is a clone designated herein as "DNA167678-2963".

Figure 366 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:366) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:365 shown in Figure 365.

Figure 367 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:367) of a native sequence PRO21055 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:367 is a clone designated herein as "DNA170021-2923".

Figure 368 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ JD NO:368) derived from tlie coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:367 shown in Figure 367. Figure 369 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:369) of a native sequence PR028631 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:369 is a clone designated herein as "DNA170212-3000".

Figure 370 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:370) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ ID NO:369 shown in Figure 369.

Figure 371 shows a nucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:371) of a native sequence PR021384 cDNA, wherein SEQ JD NO:371 is a clone designated herein as "DNA177313-2982".

Figure 372 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:372) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ JD NO:371 shown in Figure 371.

Figure 373 shows anucleotide sequence (SEQ ID NO:373) of anative sequence PRO 1449 cDNA, wherein SEQ ID NO:373 is a clone designated herein as "DNA64908-1163-1". Figure 374 shows the amino acid sequence (SEQ ID NO:374) derived from the coding sequence of SEQ

ID NO:373 shown in Figure 373.

Figure 375 shows wholemount in situ hybridization results on mouse embryos using a mouse orthologue ofPR01449 wliichhas about 78% amino acid identity with PRO 1449. The results show that PRO 1449 orthologue is expressed in the developing vasculature. The cross-section further shows expression in endothelial cells and progenitors of endothelial cells.

Figure 376 shows that a PR01449 orthologue having about 78% amino acid identity with PRO 1449 is expressed in vasculature of many inflamed and diseased tissues, but is very low, or lacking, in normal adult vessels.

Figure 377 shows that a PR01449 orthologue having about 78% amino acid identity with PR01449 induces ectopic vessels in the eyes of chicken embryos. 5. Detailed Description of the Invention

5.1. Definitions

The phrases "cardiovascular, endothelial and angiogenic disorder", "cardiovascular, endothelial and angiogenic dysfunction", "cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder" and "cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic dysfunction" are used interchangeably and refer in part to systemic disorders that affect vessels, such as diabetes mellitus, as well as diseases of the vessels themselves, such as of the arteries, capillaries, veins, and/or lymphatics. This would include indications that stimulate angiogenesis and or cardiovascularization, and those that inhibit angiogenesis and/or cardiovascularization. Such disorders include, for example, arterial disease, such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, inflammatory vasculitides, Reynaud's disease and Reynaud's phenomenon, aneurysms, and arterial restenosis; venous and lymphatic disorders such as thrombophlebitis, lymphangitis, and lymphedema; and other vascular disorders such as peripheral vascular disease, cancer such as vascular tumors, e.g. , hemangioma (capillary and cavernous), glomus tumors, telangiectasia, bacillary angiomatosis, hemangioendothelioma, angiosarcoma, haemangiopericytoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, lymphangioma, and lymphangiosarcoma, tumor angiogenesis, trauma such as wounds, burns, and other injured tissue, implant fixation, scarring, ischemia reperfusion injury, rheumatoid arthritis, cerebrovascular disease, renal diseases such as acute renal failure, and osteoporosis. This would also include angina, myocardial infarctions such as acute myocardial infarctions, cardiac hypertrophy, and heart failure such as CHF.

"Hypertrophy", as used herein, is defined as an increase in mass of an organ or structure independent of natural growth that does not involve tumor formation. Hypertrophy of an organ or tissue is due either to an increase in the mass of the individual cells (true hypertrophy), or to an increase in the number of cells making up tlie tissue

(hypeφlasia), or both. Certain organs, such as the heart, lose the ability to divide shortly afterbirth. Accordingly, "cardiac hypertrophy" is defined as an increase in mass of the heart, which, in adults, is characterized by an increase in myocyte cell size and contractile protein content without concomitant cell division.' The character of the stress responsible for inciting the hypertrophy, (e.g., increased preload, increased afterload, loss of myocytes, as in myocardial infarction, or primary depression of contractility), appears to play a critical role in determining tlie nature of the response. The early stage of cardiac hypertrophy is usually characterized moφhologically by increases in the size of myofibrils and mitochondria, as well as by enlargement of mitochondria and nuclei. At this stage, while muscle cells are larger than normal, cellular organization is largely preserved. At a more advanced stage of cardiac hypertrophy, there are preferential increases in the size or number of specific organelles, such as mitochondria, and new contractile elements are added in localized areas of the cells, in an irregular manner. Cells subjected to long-standing hypertrophy show more obvious disruptions in cellular organization, including markedly enlarged nuclei with highly lobulated membranes, which displace adjacent myofibrils and cause breakdown of normal Z-band registration. The phrase "cardiac hypertrophy" is used to include all stages of the progression of this condition, characterized by various degrees of structural damage of the heart muscle, regardless of the underlying cardiac disorder. Hence, the term also includes physiological conditions instrumental in the development of cardiac hypertrophy, such as elevated blood pressure, aortic stenosis, or myocardial infarction.

"Heart failure" refers to an abnormality of cardiac function where the heart does not pump blood at the rate needed for the requirements of metabolizing tissues. The heart failure can be caused by a number of factors, including ischemic, congenital, rheumatic, or idiopafhic forms.

"Congestive heart failure" (CHF) is a progressive pathologic state where the heart is increasingly unable to supply adequate cardiac output (the volume of blood pumped by the heart over time) to deliver the oxygenated blood to peripheral tissues. As CHF progresses, structural and hemodynamic damages occur. While these damages have a variety of manifestations, one characteristic symptom is ventricular hypertrophy. CHF is a common end result ofa number of various cardiac disorders.

"Myocardial infarction" generally results from atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries, often with superimposed coronary thrombosis. It may be divided into two major types: transmural infarcts, in which myocardial necrosis involves the full thickness of the ventricular wall, and subendocardial (nontransmural) infarcts, in which the necrosis involves tlie subendocardium, the intramural myocardium, or both, without extending all the way through the ventricular wall to the epicardium. Myocardial infarction is known to cause both a change in hemodynamic effects and an alteration in structure in the damaged and healthy zones of the heart. Thus, for example, myocardial infarction reduces the maximum cardiac output and the stroke volume of the heart. Also associated with myocardial infarction is a stimulation of the DNA synthesis occurring in the interstice as well as an increase in the formation of collagen in the areas of the heart not affected.

As a result of the increased stress or strain placed on the heart in prolonged hypertension due, for example, to the increased total peripheral resistance, cardiac hypertrophy has long been associated with "hypertension". A characteristic of the ventricle that becomes hypertrophic as a result of chronic pressure overload is an impaired diastolic performance. Fouad et al. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol..4: 1500-1506 (1984); Smith etal. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol.

5: 869-874 (1985). A prolonged left ventricular relaxation has been detected in early essential hypertension, in spite of normal or supranormal systolic function. Hartford et al, Hypertension, 6: 329-338 (1984). However, there is no close parallelism between blood pressure levels and cardiac hypertrophy. Although improvement in left ventricular function in response to antihypertensive therapy has been reported in humans, patients variously treated with a diuretic (hydrochlorothiazide), a β-blocker (propranolol), or a calcium channel blocker (diltiazem), have shown reversal of left ventricular hypertrophy, without improvement in diastolic function. Inouye et al, Am. J. Cardiol. 53: 1583-7 (1984).

Another complex cardiac disease associated with cardiac hypertrophy is "hypertrophic cardiomyopathy". This condition is characterized by a great diversity of morphologic, functional, and clinical features (Maron et al, N. Engl. J. Med.. 316: 780-789 (1987); Spirito et al, N. Engl J. Med.. 320: 749-755 (1989); Louie and Edwards,

Prog. Cardiovasc. Pis..36: 275-308 (1994); Wigle et al, Circulation, 92: 1680-1692 (1995)), the heterogeneity of which is accentuated by the fact that it afflicts patients of all ages. Spirito et al, N Engl J. Med., 336: 775-785 (1997). The causative factors of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are also diverse and little understood. In general, mutations in genes encoding sarcomeric proteins are associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Recent data suggest that β-myosin heavy chain mutations may account for approximately 30 to 40 percent of cases of familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Watkinse/α/., N. Engl. J. Med., 326: 1108-1114 (1992); Schwartz etal, Circulation. 91: 532-540 (1995); Marian and Roberts, Circulation. 92: 1336-1347 (1995); Thierfelder et al, Cell, 77: 701-712 (1994); Watkins et al, Nat. Gen.. 11: 434-437 (1995). Besides β-myosin heavy chain, other locations of genetic mutations include cardiac troponin T, alpha topomyosin, cardiac myosin binding protein C, essential myosin light chain, and regulatory myosin light chain. See, Malik and Watkins, Curr. Qpin. Cardiol, 12: 295-302 (1997).

Supravalvular "aortic stenosis" is an inherited vascular disorder characterized by narrowing of the ascending aorta, but other arteries, including tlie pulmonary arteries, may also be affected. Untreated aortic stenosis may lead to increased intracardiac pressure resulting in myocardial hypertrophy and eventually heart failure and death. The pathogenesis of this disorder is not fully understood, but hypertrophy and possibly hypeφlasia of medial smooth muscle are prominent features of this disorder. It has been reported that molecular variants of the elastin gene are involved in the development and pathogenesis of aortic stenosis. U.S. Patent No. 5,650,282 issued July 22, 1997.

"Valvular regurgitation" occurs as a result of heart diseases resulting in disorders of tlie cardiac valves. Various diseases, like rheumatic fever, can cause the shrinking or pulling apart of the valve orifice, while other diseases may result in endocarditis, an inflammation of tl e endocardium or lining membrane of the atrioventricular orifices and operation of the heart. Defects such as the narrowing of the valve stenosis or the defective closing of the valve result in an accumulation of blood in the heart cavity or regurgitation of blood past the valve. If uncorrected, prolonged valvular stenosis or insufficiency may result in cardiac hypertrophy and associated damage to the heart muscle, which may eventually necessitate valve replacement.

The treatment of all these, and other cardiovascular, endothelial and angiogenic disorders, which may or may not be accompanied by cardiac hypertrophy, is encompassed by the present invention. The terms "cancer", "cancerous", and "malignant" refer to or describe the physiological condition in mammals that is typically characterized by unregulated cell growth. Examples of cancer include but are not limited to, carcinoma including adenocarcinoma, lymphoma, blastoma, melanoma, sarcoma, and leukemia. More particular examples of such cancers include squamous cell cancer, small-cell lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, Hodgkin's andnon-Hodgkin's lymphoma, pancreatic cancer, glioblastoma, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, liver cancer such as hepatic carcinoma and hepatoma, bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, colorectal cancer, endometrial carcinoma, salivary gland carcinoma, kidney cancer such as renal cell carcinoma and Wilms' tumors, basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, prostate cancer, vulval cancer, thyroid cancer, testicular cancer, esophageal cancer, and various types of head and neck cancer. The preferred cancers for treatment herein are breast, colon, lung, melanoma, ovarian, and others involving vascular tumors as noted above. The term "cytotoxic agent" as used herein refers to a substance that inhibits or prevents the function of cells and/or causes destruction of cells. The term is intended to include radioactive isotopes (e.g., 13II, 1251, 90Y, and I86Re), chemotherapeutic agents, and toxins such as enzymatically active toxins of bacterial, fungal, plant, or animal origin, or fragments thereof.

A "chemotherapeutic agent" is a chemical compound useful in the treatment of cancer. Examples of chemotherapeutic agents include alkylating agents, folic acid antagonists, anti-metabolites of nucleic acid metabolism, antibiotics, pyrimidine analogs, 5-fluorouracil, cisplatin, purine nucleosides, amines, amino acids, triazol nucleosides, or corticosteroids. Specific examples include Adriamycin, Doxorubicin, 5-Fluorouracil, Cytosine arabinoside ("Ara-C"), Cyclophosphamide, Thiotepa, Busulfan, Cytoxin, Taxol, Toxotere, Methotrexate, Cisplatin, Melphalan, Vinblastine, Bleomycin, Etoposide, Ifosfamide, Mitomycin C, Mitoxantrone, Vincreistine, Vinorelbine, Carboplatin, Teniposide, Daunomycin, Carminomycin, Aminopterin, Dactinomycin, Mitomycins, Esperamicins (see U.S. Pat. No. 4,675, 187), Melphalan, and other related nitrogen mustards. Also included in this definition are hormonal agents that act to regulate or inhibit hormone action on tumors, such as tamoxifen and onapristone.

A "growtli-inhibitory agent" when used herein refers to a compound or composition that inhibits growth ofa cell, such as an Wnt-overexpressing cancer cell, either in vitro or in vivo. Thus, the growth-inhibitory agent is one which significantly reduces the percentage of malignant cells in S phase. Examples of growm-inhibitory agents include agents that block cell cycle progression (at a place other than S phase), such as agents that induce

Gl arrest and M-phase arrest. Classical M-phase blockers include the vincas (vincristine and vinblastine), taxol, and topo II inhibitors such as doxorubicin, daunorubicin, etoposide, and bleomycin. Those agents that arrest Gl also spill over into S-phase arrest, for example, DNA alkylating agents such as tamoxifen, prednisone, dacarbazine, mechlorethamine, cisplatin, methotrexate, 5-fluorouracil, and ara-C. Further information can be found in The Molecular Basis of Cancer. Mendelsohn and Israel, eds. , Chapter 1 , entitled "Cell cycle regulation, oncogenes, and antineoplastic drugs" by Murakami etal. (WB Saunders: Philadelphia, 1995), especiallyp. 13. Additional examples include tumor necrosis factor (TNF), an antibody capable of inhibiting or neutralizing tlie angiogenic activity of acidic or basic FGF or hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), an antibody capable of inliibiting or neutralizing the coagulant activities of tissue factor, protein C, or protein S (see, WO 91/01753, published 21 February 1991), or an antibody capable of binding to HER2 receptor (WO 89/06692), such as the 4D5 antibody (and functional equivalents thereof) (e.g. , WO 92/22653).

"Treatment" is an intervention performed with the intention of preventing the development or altering the pathology of a cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic disorder. The concept of treatment is used in the broadest sense, and specifically includes the prevention (prophylaxis), moderation, reduction, and curing of cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic disorders of any stage. Accordingly, "treatment" refers to both therapeutic treatment and prophylactic or preventative measures, wherein the object is to prevent or slow down (lessen) or ameliorate a cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic disorder such as hypertrophy. Those in need of treatment include those already with the disorder as well as those prone to have the disorder or those in whom the disorder is to be prevented. The disorder may result from any cause, including idiopathic, cardiotrophic, or myotrophic causes, or ischemia or ischemic insults, such as myocardial infarction.

"Chronic" administration refers to administration of the agent(s) in a continuous mode as opposed to an acute mode, so as to maintain the initial effect, such as an anti-hypertrophic effect, for an extended period of time.

"Mammal" for puφoses of treatment refers to any animal classified as a mammal, including humans, domestic and farm animals, and zoo, sports, or pet animals, such as dogs, horses, cats, cows, sheep, pigs, etc. Preferably, the mammal is human.

Administration "in combination with" one or more further therapeutic agents includes simultaneous (concurrent) and consecutive administration in any order. The phrase "cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic agents" refers genetically to any drug that acts in treating cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic disorders. Examples of cardiovascular agents are those that promote vascular homeostasis by modulating blood pressure, heart rate, heart contractility, and endothelial and smooth muscle biology, all of which factors have a role in cardiovascular disease. Specific examples of these include angiotensin-II receptor antagonists; endothelin receptor antagonists such as, for example, BOSENTAN™ and MOXONODIN™; interferon-gamma (IFN-γ); des-aspartate-angiotensin I; thrombolytic agents, e.g., streptokinase, urokinase, t-PA, and a t-PA variant specifically designed to have longer half-life and very high fibrin specificity, TNK t-PA (a T103N, Nl 17Q, KHRR(296-299)AAAA t-PA variant, Keyt et al, Proc. Nat Acad. Sci. USA. 91: 3670-3674 (1994)); inotropic or hypertensive agents such as digoxigenin and β-adrenergic receptor blocking agents, e.g., propranolol, timolol, tertalolol, carteolol, nadolol, betaxolol, penbutolol, acetobutolol, atenolol, metoprolol, and carvedilol; angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, e.g., quinapril, captopril, enalapril, ramipril, benazepril, fosinopril, and lisinopril; diuretics, e.g., chlorotliiazide, hydrochlorothiazide, hydroflumetliazide, methylchlothiazide, benzthiazide, dichloφhenamide, acetazolamide, and indapamide; and calcium channel blockers, e.g., diltiazem, nifedipine, verapamil, nicardipine. One preferred category of this type is a therapeutic agent used for the treatment of cardiac hypertrophy or of a physiological condition instrumental in the development of cardiac hypertrophy, such as elevated blood pressure, aortic stenosis, or myocardial infarction.

"Angiogenic agents" and "endothelial agents" are active agents that promote angiogenesis and/or endothelial cell growth, or, if applicable, vasculogenesis. This would include factors that accelerate wound healing, such as growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), VEGF, VIGF, PDGF, epidermal growth factor (EGF), CTGF and members of its family, FGF, and TGF-α and TGF-β.

"Angiostatic agents" are active agents that inhibit angiogenesis or vasculogenesis or otherwise inhibit or prevent growth of cancer cells. Examples include antibodies or other antagonists to angiogenic agents as defined above, such as antibodies to VEGF. They additionally include cytotherapeutic agents such as cytotoxic agents, chemotherapeutic agents, growth-inhibitory agents, apoptotic agents, and other agents to treat cancer, such as anti- HER-2, anti-CD20, and other bioactive and organic chemical agents.

In a pharmacological sense, in the context of the present invention, a "therapeutically effective amount" of an active agent such as a PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereto or an anti-PRO antibody, refers to an amount effective in the treatment of a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder in a mammal and can be determined empirically. As used herein, an "effective amount" of an active agent such as a PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereto or an anti-PRO antibody, refers to an amount effective for carrying out a stated puφose, wherem such amounts may be determined empirically for the desired effect.

The terms "PRO polypeptide" and "PRO" as used herein and when immediately followed by a numerical designation refer to various polypeptides, wherein the complete designation (i.e., PRO/number) refers to specific polypeptide sequences as described herein. The terms "PRO/numberpolypeptide" and "PRO/number" wherein the term "number" is provided as an actual numerical designation as used herein encompass native sequence polypeptides and polypeptide variants (which are further defined herein). The PRO polypeptides described herein may be isolated from a variety of sources, such as from human tissue types or from another source, or prepared by recombinant or synthetic methods.

A "native sequence PRO polypeptide" comprises a polypeptide having the same amino acid sequence as the corresponding PRO polypeptide derived from nature. Such native sequence PRO polypeptides can be isolated from nature or can be produced by recombinant or synthetic means. The term "native sequence PRO polypeptide" specifically encompasses naturally-occurring truncated or secreted forms of the specific PRO polypeptide (e.g., an extracellular domain sequence), naturally-occurring variant forms (e.g., alternatively spliced fonns) and naturally-occurring allelic variants of the polypeptide. In various embodiments of the invention, the native sequence PRO polypeptides disclosed herein are mature or full-length native sequencepolypeptides comprising the full-length amino acids sequences shown in the accompanying figures. Start and stop codons are shown in bold font and underlined in the figures. However, while the PRO polypeptide disclosed in the accompanying figures are shown to begin with methionine residues designated herein as amino acid position 1 in the figures, it is conceivable and possible that other methionine residues located either upstream or downstream from the amino acid position 1 in the figures may be employed as the starting amino acid residue for the PRO polypeptides. The PRO polypeptide "extracellular domain" or "ECD" refers to a form of the PRO polypeptide which is essentially free of the transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains. Ordinarily, a PRO polypeptide ECD will have less than 1% of such transmembrane and or cytoplasmic domains and preferably, will have less than 0.5? of such domains. It will be understood that any transmembrane domains identified for the PRO polypeptides of the present invention are identified pursuant to criteria routinely employed in the art for identifying that type of hydrophobic domain. The exact boundaries of a transmembrane domain may vary but most likely by no more than about 5 amino acids at either end of tlie domain as initially identified herein. Optionally, therefore, an extracellular domain of a PRO polypeptide may contain from about 5 or fewer amino acids on either side of the transmembrane domain/extracellular domain boundary as identified in the Examples or specification and such polypeptides, with or without the associated signal peptide, and nucleic acid encoding them, are comtemplated by the present invention. The approximate location of the "signal peptides" of the various PRO polypeptides disclosed herein are shown in the present specification and/or the accompanying figures. It is noted, however, that the C-terminal boundary ofa signal peptide may vary, but most likely by no more than about 5 amino acids on either side of the signal peptide C-terminal boundary as initially identified herein, wherein the C-terminal boundary of the signal peptide may be identified pursuant to criteria routinely employed in the art for identifying that type of amino acid sequence element (e.g., Nielsen et al, Prot. Eng.. 10:1-6 (1997) and von Heinje et al, Nucl Acids Res.,

14:4683-4690 (1986)). Moreover, it is also recognized that, in some cases, cleavage ofa signal sequence from a secreted polypeptide is not entirely uniform, resulting in more than one secreted species. These mature polypeptides, where the signal peptide is cleaved within no more than about 5 amino acids on either side of the C-terminal boundary of the signal peptide as identified herein, and the polynucleotides encoding them, are contemplated by the present invention.

"PRO polypeptide variant" means an active PRO polypeptide as defined above or below having at least about 80% amino acid sequence identity with a full-length native sequence PRO polypeptide sequence as disclosed herein, a PRO polypeptide sequence lacking the signalpeptide as disclosed herein, an extracellular domain ofa PRO polypeptide, with or without the signal peptide, as disclosed herein or any other fragment of a full-length PRO polypeptide sequence as disclosed herein. Such PRO polypeptide variants include, for instance, PRO polypeptides wherein one or more amino acid residues are added, or deleted, at the N- or C-terminus of the full-length native amino acid sequence. Ordinarily, a PRO polypeptide variant will have at least about 80%, 81%, 82%, 83%, 84%,

85%, 86%, 87%, 88%, 89%, 90%, 91%, 92%, 93%, 94%, 95%, 96%, 97% or 98% amino acid sequence identity and alternatively at least about 99% amino acid sequence identity to a full-length native sequence PRO polypeptide sequence as disclosed herein, a PRO polypeptide sequence lacking the signal peptide as disclosed herein, an extracellular domain ofa PRO polypeptide, with or without the signal peptide, as disclosed herein or any other specifically defined fragment of a full-length PRO polypeptide sequence as disclosed herein. Ordinarily, PRO variant polypeptides are at least about 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 150 or 200 amino acids in length and alternatively at least about 300 amino acids hi length, or more.

"Percent (%) amino acid sequence identity" with respect to the PRO polypeptide sequences identified herein is defined as the percentage of amino acid residues in a candidate sequence that are identical with the amino acid residues in a PRO sequence, after aligning the sequences and introducing gaps, if necessary, to achieve the maximum percent sequence identity, and not considering any conservative substitutions as part of the sequence identity. Alignment for p poses of determining percent amino acid sequence identity can be achieved in various ways that are within the skill in the art, for instance, using publicly available computer software such as BLAST, BLAST-2, ALIGN, ALIGN-2 or Megalign (DNASTAR) software. Those skilled in the art can determine appropriate parameters for measuring alignment, hicluding any algorithms needed to achieve maximal alignment over the full-length of tlie sequences being compared. For pmposes herein, however, % amino acid sequence identity values are obtained as described below by using the sequence comparison computer program ALIGN-2, wherein the complete source code for the ALIGN-2 program is provided in Table 1. The ALIGN-2 sequence comparison computer program was authored by Genentech, Inc., and the source code shown in Table 1 has been filed with user documentation in the U.S. Copyright Office, Washington D.C., 20559, where it is registered under

U.S. Copyright Registration No. TXU510087. The ALIGN-2 program is publicly available through Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, California or may be compiled from the source code provided in Table 1. The ALIGN-2 program should be compiled for use on a UNIX operating system, preferably digital UNIX V4.0D. All sequence comparison parameters are set by tlie ALIGN-2 program and do not vary. For puφoses herein, the % amino acid sequence identity ofa given amino acid sequence A to, with, or against a given amino acid sequence B (which can alternatively be phrased as a given amino acid sequence A that has or comprises a certain % amino acid sequence identity to, with, or against a given amino acid sequence B) is calculated as follows:

100 times the fraction X Y

where X is the number of amino acid residues scored as identical matches by the sequence alignment program ALIGN-2 in that program's alignment of A and B, and where Y is the total number of amino acid residues in B. It will be appreciated that where the length of amino acid sequence A is not equal to the length of amino acid sequence B, the % amino acid sequence identity of A to B will not equal the % amino acid sequence identity of B to A. As examples of % amino acid sequence identity calculations, Tables 2-3 demonstrate how to calculate the % amino acid sequence identity of the amino acid sequence designated "Comparison Protein" to the amino acid sequence designated "PRO".

Unless specifically stated otherwise, all % amino acid sequence identity values used herein are obtained as described above using tlie ALIGN-2 sequence comparison computer program. However, % amino acid sequence identity may also be determined using the sequence comparison program NCBI-BLAST2 (Altschul et al, Nucleic Acids Res., 25:3389-3402 (1997)). The NCBI-BLAST2 sequence comparison program may be downloaded from http ://www.ncbi.nlm.nih. go v. or otherwise obtained from the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD. NCBI- BLAST2 uses several search parameters, wherein all of those search parameters are set to default values including, for example, unmask = yes, strand = all, expected occurrences = 10, minimum low complexity length = 15/5, multipass e-value = 0.01, constant for multi-pass = 25, dropoff for final gapped alignment = 25 and scoring matrix = BLOSUM62.

In situations where NCBI-BLAST2 is employed for amino acid sequence comparisons, tlie % amino acid sequence identity ofa given amino acid sequence A to, with, or against a given amino acid sequence B (which can alternatively be phrased as a given amino acid sequence A that has or comprises a certain % amino acid sequence identity to, with, or against a given amino acid sequence B) is calculated as follows:

100 times the fraction X/Y

where X is the number of amino acid residues scored as identical matches by the sequence alignment program NCBI-BLAST2 in that program's alignment of A and B, and where Y is the total number of amino acid residues in B. It will be appreciated that where the length of amino acid sequence A is not equal to the length of amino acid sequence B, the % amino acid sequence identity of A to B will not equal the % amino acid sequence identity of B to A.

In addition, % amino acid sequence' identity may also be determined using the WU-BLAST-2 computer program (Altschul et al, Methods in Enzymology. 266:460-480 (1996)). Most of the WU-BLAST-2 search parameters are set to the default values. Those not set to default values, i. e. , the adjustable parameters, are set with tlie following values: overlap span = 1, overlap fraction = 0.125, word threshold (T) = 11, and scoring matrix = BLOSUM62. For pmposes herein, a % amino acid sequence identity value is determined by dividing (a) the number of matching identical amino acids residues between the amino acid sequence of the PRO polypeptide of interest having a sequence derived from the native PRO polypeptide and the comparison amino acid sequence of interest (/. e. , the sequence against which the PRO polypeptide of interest is being compared which may be a PRO variant polypeptide) as determined by WU-BLAST-2 by (b) the total number of amino acid residues of the PRO polypeptide of interest. For example, in the statement "a polypeptide comprising an amino acid sequence A which has or having at least 80% amino acid sequence identity to the amino acid sequence B", the amino acid sequence A is the comparison amino acid sequence of interest and the amino acid sequence B is the amino acid sequence of the PRO polypeptide of interest.

"PRO variant polynucleotide" or "PRO variant nucleic acid sequence" means a nucleic acid molecule which encodes an active PRO polypeptide as defined below and which has at least about 80% nucleic acid sequence identity with a nucleotide acid sequence encoding a full-length native sequence PRO polypeptide sequence as disclosed herein, a full-length native sequence PRO polypeptide sequence lacking the signal peptide as disclosed herein, an extracellular domain of a PRO polypeptide, with or without the signal peptide, as disclosed herein or any other fragment of a full-length PRO polypeptide sequence as disclosed herein. Ordinarily, a PRO variant polynucleotide will have at least about 80%, 81%, 82%, 83%, 84%, 85%, 86%, 87%, 88%, 89%, 90%, 91%, 92%,

93%, 94%, 95%, 96%, 97% or 98% nucleic acid sequence identity and alternatively at least about 99% nucleic acid sequence identity with a nucleic acid sequence encoding a full-length native sequence PRO polypeptide sequence as disclosed herein, a full-length native sequence PRO polypeptide sequence lacking the signal peptide as disclosed herein, an extracellular domain of a PRO polypeptide, with or without the signal sequence, as disclosed herein or any other fragment of full-length PRO polypeptide sequence as disclosed herein. Variants do not encompass tlie native nucleotide sequence.

Ordinarily, PRO variant polynucleotides are at least about 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 210, 240, 270, 300, 450, or 600 nucleotides in length and alternatively at least about 900 nucleotides in length, or more.

"Percent (%) nucleic acid sequence identity" with respect to the PRO polypeptide-encoding nucleic acid sequences identified herein is defined as the percentage of nucleotides in a candidate sequence that are identical with the nucleotides in a PRO polypeptide-encoding nucleic acid sequence, after aligning the sequences and introducing gaps, if necessary, to achieve the maximum percent sequence identity. Alignment for pmposes of determining percent nucleic acid sequence identity can be achieved in various ways that are within the skill in the art, for instance, using publicly available computer software such as BLAST, BLAST-2, ALIGN, ALIGN-2 or Megalign (DNASTAR) software. Those skilled in the art can determine appropriate parameters for measuring alignment, including any algorithms needed to achieve maximal alignment over the full-length of the sequences being compared. For pmposes herein, however, % nucleic acid sequence identity values are obtained as described below by using the sequence comparison computer program ALIGN-2, wherein the complete source code for the ALIGN- 2 program is provided in Table 1. The ALIGN-2 sequence comparison computer program was authored by Genentech, Inc., and the source code shown in Table 1 has been filed with user documentation in the U.S. Copyright

Office, Washington D.C., 20559, where it is registered under U.S. Copyright Registration No. TXU510087. The ALIGN-2 program is publicly available through Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, California or may be compiled from the source code provided in Table 1. The ALIGN-2 program should be compiled for use on a UNIX operating system, preferably digital UNIX V4.0D. All sequence comparison parameters are set by the ALIGN-2 program and do not vary.

For puφoses herein, the % nucleic acid sequence identity ofa given nucleic acid sequence C to, with, or against a given nucleic acid sequence D (which can alternatively be phrased as a given nucleic acid sequence C that has or comprises a certain % nucleic acid sequence identity to, with, or against a given nucleic acid sequence D) is calculated as follows:

100 times the fraction W/Z

where W is tlie number of nucleotides scored as identical matches by the sequence alignment program ALIGN-2 in that program's alignment of C and D, and where Z is the total number of nucleotides in D. It will be appreciated that where the length of nucleic acid sequence C is not equal to the length of nucleic acid sequence D, the % nucleic acid sequence identity of C to D will not equal the % nucleic acid sequence identity of D to C. As examples of % nucleic acid sequence identity calculations, Tables 4-5 demonstrate how to calculate the % nucleic acid sequence identity of the nucleic acid sequence designated "Comparison DNA" to the nucleic acid sequence designated "PRO- DNA".

Unless specifically stated otherwise, all % nucleic acid sequence identity values used herein are obtained as described above using the ALIGN-2 sequence comparison computer program. However, % nucleic acid sequence identity may also be determined using the sequence comparison program NCBI-BLAST2 (Altschul et al,

Nucleic Acids Res.. 25:3389-3402 (1997)). The NCBI-BLAST2 sequence comparison program may be downloaded from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. or otherwise obtained from tlie National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD. NCBI-BLAST2 uses several search parameters, wherein all of those search parameters are set to default values including, for example, unmask = yes, strand = all, expected occurrences = 10, minimum low complexity length = 15/5, multi-pass e-value = 0.01, constant for multi-pass = 25, dropoff for final gapped alignment = 25 and scoring matrix = BLOSUM62.

In situations where NCBI-BLAST2 is employed for sequence comparisons, the % nucleic acid sequence identity of a given nucleic acid sequence C to, with, or against a given nucleic acid sequence D (which can alternatively be phrased as a given nucleic acid sequence C that has or comprises a certain % nucleic acid sequence identity to, with, or against a given nucleic acid sequence D) is calculated as follows:

100 times the fraction W/Z

where W is the number of nucleotides scored as identical matches by the sequence alignment program NCBI- BLAST2 in that program's alignment of C and D, and where Z is the total number of nucleotides in D. It will be appreciated that where the length of nucleic acid sequence C is not equal to the length of nucleic acid sequence D, the % nucleic acid sequence identity of C to D will not equal the % nucleic acid sequence identity of D to C.

In addition, % nucleic acid sequence identity values may also be generated using the WU-BLAST-

2 computer program (Altschul et al, Methods in Enzymology. 266:460-480 (1996)). Most of the WU-BLAST-2 search parameters are set to the default values. Those not set to default values, i.e., the adjustable parameters, are set with the following values: overlap span = 1, overlap fraction = 0.125, word threshold (T) = 11, and scoring matrix = BLOSUM62. For puφoses herein, a % nucleic acid sequence identity value is determined by dividing (a) the number of matching identical nucleotides between the nucleic acid sequence of tlie PRO polypeptide-encoding nucleic acid molecule of interest having a sequence derived from the native sequence PRO polypeptide-encoding nucleic acid and the comparison nucleic acid molecule of interest (i.e., the sequence against which the PRO polypeptide-encoding nucleic acid molecule of interest is being compared which may be a variant PRO polynucleotide) as determined by WU-BLAST-2 by (b) the total number of nucleotides of the PRO polypeptide- encoding nucleic acid molecule of interest. For example, in the statement "an isolated nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleic acid sequence A which has or having at least 80% nucleic acid sequence identity to the nucleic acid sequence B", the nucleic acid sequence A is the comparison nucleic acid molecule of interest and the nucleic acid sequence B is the nucleic acid sequence of the PRO polypeptide-encoding nucleic acid molecule of interest. In other embodiments, PRO variant polynucleotides are nucleic acid molecules that encode an active PRO polypeptide and which are capable of hybridizing, preferably under stringent hybridization and wash conditions, to nucleotide sequences encodmg the full-length PRO polypeptide as shown in the specification herein and accompanying figures. PRO variant polypeptides may be those that are encoded by a PRO variant polynucleotide.

"Isolated", when used to describe the various polypeptides disclosed herein, means a polypeptide that has been identified and separated and/or recovered from a component of its natural environment. Preferably, the isolated polypeptide is free of association with all components with which it is naturally associated. Contaminant components of its natural environment are materials that would typically interfere with diagnostic or therapeutic uses for the polypeptide, and may include enzymes, hormones, and other proteinaceous or non-proteinaceous solutes. In preferred embodiments, the polypeptide will be purified (1) to a degree sufficient to obtain at least 15 residues of N-terminal or internal amino acid sequence by use ofa spinning cup sequenator, or (2) to homogeneity by SDS-PAGE under non-reducing or reducing conditions using Coomassie blue or, preferably, silver stain. Isolated polypeptide includes polypeptide in situ within recombinant cells, since at least one component of tlie PRO natural environment will not be present. Ordinarily, however, isolated polypeptide will be prepared by at least one purification step. An "isolated" nucleic acid molecule encoding a PRO polypeptide or an "isolated" nucleic acid molecule encoding an anti-PRO antibody is a nucleic acid molecule that is identified and separated from at least one contaminant nucleic acid molecule with which it is ordinarily associated in the natural source of the PRO-encoding nucleic acid or the natural source of the anti-PRO-encoding nucleic acid. Preferably, the isolated nucleic acid is free of association with all components with which it is naturally associated. An isolated PRO-encoding nucleic acid molecule or an isolated anti-PRO-encoding nucleic acid molecule is other than in the form or setting in which it is found in nature. Isolated nucleic acid molecules therefore are distinguished from the PRO-encoding nucleic acid molecule or from the anti-PRO-encoding nucleic acid molecule as it exists in natural cells. However, an isolated nucleic acid molecule encoding a PRO polypeptide or an isolated nucleic acid molecule encoding an anti- PRO antibody includes PRO-nucleic acid molecules or anti-PRO-nucleic acid molecules contained in cells that ordinarily express PRO polypeptides or anti-PRO antibodies where, for example, the nucleic acid molecule is in a chromosomal location different from that of natural cells.

The term "control sequences" refers to DNA sequences necessary for the expression of an operably linked coding sequence in a particular host organism. The control sequences that are suitable for prokaryotes, for example, include a promoter, optionally an operator sequence, and a ribosome binding site. Eukaryotic cells are known to utilize, for example, promoters, polyadenylation signals, and enhancers.

Nucleic acid is "operably linked" when it is placed into a functional relationship with another nucleic acid sequence. For example, DNA for a presequence or secretory leader is operably linked to DNA for a PRO polypeptide if it is expressed as a preprotein that participates in the secretion of the polypeptide; a promoter or enhancer is operably linked to a coding sequence if it affects the transcription of the sequence; or a ribosome binding site is operably linked to a coding sequence if it is positioned so as to facilitate translation. Generally, "operably linked" means that the DNA sequences being linked are contiguous, and, in the case ofa secretory leader, contiguous and in the same reading frame. However, enhancers do not have to be contiguous. Linking is accomplished by ligation at convenient restriction sites. If such sites do not exist, synthetic oligonucleotide adaptors or linkers are used in accordance with conventional practice.

"Stringency" of hybridization reactions is readily determinable by one of ordinary skill in the art, and generally is an empirical calculation dependent upon probe length, washing temperature, and salt concentration. In general, longer probes require higher temperatures for proper annealing, while shorter probes need lower temperatures. Hybridization generally depends on the ability of denatured DNA to reanneal when complementary strands are present in an environment below their melting temperature. The higher the degree of desired homology between the probe and hybridizable sequence, the higher the relative temperature that can be used. As a result, it follows that higher relative temperatures would tend to make the reaction conditions more stringent, while lower temperatures less so. For additional details and explanation of stringency of hybridization reactions, see, Ausubel et al, Current Protocols in Molecular Biology (Wiley Interscience Publishers, 1995).

" Stringent conditions" or "high-stringency conditions", as defined herein, may be identified by those that: (1) employ low ionic strength and high temperature for washing, for example, 0.015 M sodium chloride/0.0015 M sodium citrate/0.1% sodium dodecyl sulfate at 50°C; (2) employ during hybridization a denaturing agent, such as forrnamide, for example, 50% (v/v) formamide with 0.1% bovine serum albumin 0.1% Ficoll/0.1% ρolyvinylρyrrolidone/50mM sodium phosphate buffer at pH 6.5 with 750 mM sodium chloride, 75 mM sodium citrate at 42°C; or (3) employ 50% formamide, 5 x SSC (0.75 M NaCl, 0.075 M sodium citrate), 50 mM sodium phosphate (pH 6.8), 0.1% sodium pyrophosphate, 5 x Denhardt's solution, sonicated salmon sperm DNA (50 μg/ l), 0.1% SDS, and 10% dextran sulfate at 42°C, with washes at 42°C in 0.2 x SSC (sodium chloride/sodium citrate) and 50% formamide at 55°C, followed by a high-stringency wash consisting of 0.1 x SSC containing EDTA at 55°C.

"Moderately-stringent conditions" may be identified as described by Sambrook et al, Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual (New York: Cold Spring Harbor Press, 1989), and include the use of washing solution and hybridization conditions (e.g., temperature, ionic strength, and % SDS) less stringent than those described above. An example of moderately stringent conditions is overnight incubation at 37°C in a solution comprising: 20% formamide, 5 x SSC (150 mMNaCl, 15 mM trisodium citrate), 50 mM sodium phosphate (pH 7.6), 5 x Denhardt's solution, 10% dextran sulfate, and 20 mg/ l denatured sheared salmon sperm DNA, followed by washing the filters in 1 x SSC at about 37-50°C. The skilled artisan will recognize how to adjust the temperature, ionic strength, etc. as necessary to accommodate factors such as probe length and the like.

The modifier "epitope-tagged" when used herein refers to a chimeric polypeptide comprising a PRO polypeptide fused to a "tag polypeptide". The tag polypeptide has enough residues to provide an epitope against which an antibody can be made, yet is short enough such that it does not interfere with activity of the polypeptide to which it is fused. The tag polypeptide preferably also is fairly unique so that the antibody does not substantially cross-react with other epitopes. Suitable tag polypeptides generally have at least six amino acid residues and usually between about 8 and 50 amino acid residues (preferably, between about 10 and 20 amino acid residues).

"Active" or "activity" in the context of PRO variants refers to form(s) of PRO proteins that retain the biologic and/or immuno logic activities of a native or naturally-occurring PRO polypeptide.

"Biological activity" in the context of a molecule that antagonizes a PRO polypeptide that can be identified by the screening assays disclosed herein (e.g. , an organic or inorganic small molecule, peptide, etc.) is used to refer to the ability of such molecules to bind or complex with the PRO polypeptide identified herein, or otherwise interfere with the interaction of the PRO polypeptide with other cellular proteins or otherwise inhibits the transcription or translation of the PRO polypeptide. Particularly preferred biological activity includes cardiac hypertrophy, activity that acts on systemic disorders that affect vessels, such as diabetes mellitus, as well as diseases of the arteries, capillaries, veins, and or lymphatics, and cancer.

The term "antagonist" is used in the broadest sense, and includes any molecule that partially or fully blocks, inhibits, or neutralizes one or more of tlie biological activities of a native PRO polypeptide disclosed herein, for example, if applicable, its mitogenic or angiogenic activity. Antagonists of a PRO polypeptide may act by interfering with the binding ofa PRO polypeptide to a cellular receptor, by incapacitating or killing cells that have been activated by a PRO polypeptide, or by interfering with vascular endothelial cell activation after binding ofa PRO polypeptide to a cellular receptor. All such points of intervention by a PRO polypeptide antagonist shall be considered equivalent for pmposes of this invention. The antagonists inhibit the mitogenic, angiogenic, or other biological activity of PRO polypeptides, and thus are useful for the treatment of diseases or disorders characterized by undesirable excessive neovascularization, including by way of example tumors, and especially solid malignant tumors, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, atherosclerosis, diabetic and other retinopathies, retrolental fibroplasia, age- related macular degeneration, neovascular glaucoma, hemangiomas, thyroid hypeφlasias (including Grave's disease), corneal and other tissue transplantation, and chronic inflammation. The antagonists also are useful for the treatment of diseases or disorders characterized by undesirable excessive vascular permeability, such as edema associated with brain tumors, ascites associated with malignancies, Meigs' syndrome, lung inflammation, nephrotic syndrome, pericardial effusion (such as that associated with pericarditis), andpleural effusion. In a similar manner, the term "agonist" is used in tlie broadest sense and includes any molecule that mimics a biological activity ofa native PRO polypeptide disclosed herein. Suitable agonist or antagonist molecules specifically include agonist or antagonist antibodies or antibody fragments, fragments, or amino acid sequence variants of native PRO polypeptides, peptides, small organic molecules, etc.

A "small molecule" is defined herein to have a molecular weight below about 500 daltons. The term "PRO polypeptide receptor" as used herein refers to a cellular receptor for a PRO polypeptide, ordinarily a cell-surface receptor found on vascular endothelial cells, as well as variants thereof that retain the ability to bind a PRO polypeptide.

"Antibodies" (Abs) and "immunoglobulins" (Igs) are glycoproteins having the same structural characteristics. While antibodies exhibit binding specificity to a specific antigen, immunoglobulins include both antibodies and other antibody-like molecules that lack antigen specificity. Polypeptides of the latter kind are, for example, produced at low levels by the lymph system and at increased levels by myelomas. The term "antibody" is used in the broadest sense and specifically covers, without limitation, intact monoclonal antibodies, polyclonal antibodies, multispecific antibodies (e.g., bispecific antibodies) formed from at least two intact antibodies, and antibody fragments, so long as they exhibit the desired biological activity.

"Native antibodies" and "native immunoglobulins" are usually heterotetrameric glycoproteins of about 150,000 daltons, composed of two identical light (L) chains and two identical heavy (H) chains. Each light chain is linked to a heavy chain by one covalent disulfide bond, while the number of disulfide linkages varies among tlie heavy chains of different immunoglobulin isotypes. Eachheavy and light chain also has regularly spaced intrachain disulfide bridges. Each heavy chain has at one end a variable domain (VH) followed by a number of constant domains. Each light chain has a variable domain at one end (VL) and a constant domain at its other end; the constant domain of the light chain is aligned with the first constant domain of the heavy chain, and the light-chain variable domain is aligned with the variable domain of the heavy chain. Particular amino acid residues are believed to form an interface between the light- and heavy-chain variable domains. The term "variable" refers to the fact that certain portions of the variable domains differ extensively in sequence among antibodies and are used in the binding and specificity of each particular antibody to and for its particular antigen. However, the variability is not evenly distributed throughout the variable domains of antibodies. It is concentrated in three segments called complementarity-determining regions (CDRs) or hypervariable regions both in the light-chain and the heavy-chain variable domains. The more highly conserved portions of variable domains are called the framework regions (FR). The variable domains of native heavy and light chains each comprise four FR regions, largely adopting a β-sheet configuration, connected by three CDRs, which form loops connecting, and in some cases forming part of, the β-sheet structure. The CDRs in each chain are held together in close proximity by the FR regions and, with the CDRs from the other chain, contribute to the formation of the antigen-binding site of antibodies. See, Kabat et al. NIH Publ No.91-3242. Vol. I, pages 647-669 (1991). The constant domains are not involved directly in binding an antibody to an antigen, but exhibit various effector functions, such as participation of tlie antibody in antibody-dependent cellular toxicity.

"Antibody fragments" comprise a portion of an intact antibody, preferably the antigen-binding or variable region of the intact antibody. Examples of antibody fragments include Fab, Fab', F(ab')2, and Fv fragments; diabodies; linear antibodies (Zapata et al , Protein Eng..8(10): 1057- 1062 ( 1995)); single-chain antibody molecules; and multispecific antibodies formed from antibody fragments.

Papain digestion of antibodies produces two identical antigen-binding fragments, called "Fab" fragments, each with a single antigen-binding site, and a residual "Fc" fragment, whose name reflects its ability to crystallize readily. Pepsin treatment yields an F(ab')2 fragment that has two antigen-combining sites and is still capable of cross-linking antigen.

"Fv" is the minimum antibody fragment that contains a complete antigen-recognition and -binding site. This region consists ofa dimer of one heavy- and one light-chain variable domain in tight, non-covalent association. It is in this configuration that the three CDRs of each variable domain interact to define an antigen-binding site on the surface of the VH-VL dimer. Collectively, the six CDRs confer antigen-binding specificity to the antibody. However, even a single variable domain (or half of an Fv comprising only three CDRs specific for an antigen) has the ability to recognize and bind antigen, although at a lower affinity than the entire binding site.

The Fab fragment also contains the constant domain of the light chain and the first constant domain (CHI) of the heavy chain. Fab' fragments differ from Fab fragments by the addition of a few residues at the carboxy terminus of the heavy chain CHI domain including one or more cysteines from the antibody hinge region. Fab'-SH is the designation herein for Fab' in which the cysteine residue(s) of the constant domains bear a free tfiiol group. F(ab')2 antibody fragments originally were produced as pairs of Fab' fragments that have hinge cysteines between them. Other chemical couplings of antibody fragments are also known. The "light chains" of antibodies (immunoglobulins) from any vertebrate species can be assigned to one of two clearly distinct types, called kappa ( ) and lambda (λ), based on the amino acid sequences of then constant domains.

Depending on the amino acid sequence of the constant domain of their heavy chains, immunoglobulins can be assigned to different classes. There are five major classes of immunoglobulins: IgA, IgD, IgE, IgG, and IgM; and several of these may be further divided into subclasses (isotypes), e.g., IgGl , IgG2, IgG3, IgG4, IgA, and IgA2.

The heavy-chain constant domains that correspond to the different classes of immunoglobulins are called , δ, e, γ, and μ, respectively. The subunit structures and three-dimensional configurations of different classes of immunoglobulins are well known.

The term "monoclonal antibody" as used herein refers to an antibody obtained from a population of substantially homogeneous antibodies, i. e. , the individual antibodies comprising the population are identical except for possible naturally-occurring mutations that may be present in minor amounts. Monoclonal antibodies are highly specific, being directed against a single antigenic site. Furthermore, in contrast to conventional (polyclonal) antibody preparations that typically include different antibodies directed against different determinants (epitopes), each monoclonal antibody is directed against a single determinant on the antigen. In addition to their specificity, the monoclonal antibodies are advantageous in that they are synthesized by the hybridoma culture, uncontaminated by other immunoglobulins. The modifier "monoclonal" indicates the character of the antibody as being obtained from a substantially homogeneous population of antibodies, and is not to be construed as requiring production of the antibody by any particular method. For example, the monoclonal antibodies to be used in accordance with the present invention may be made by the hybridoma method first described by Kohler et al, Nature.256: 495 (1975), ormay be made by recombinant DNA methods (see, e.g., U.S. PatentNo.4,816,567). The "monoclonal antibodies" may also be isolated from phage antibody libraries using the techniques described in Clackson et a , Nature, 352: 624-628 (1991) and Marks et al, J. Mol Biol. 222: 581-597 (1991), for example. The monoclonal antibodies herein specifically include "chimeric" antibodies (hnmunoglobulins) in which a portion of the heavy and/or light chain is identical with or homologous to corresponding sequences in antibodies derived from a particular species or belonging to a particular antibody class or subclass, while the remainder of the chain(s) is identical with or homologous to corresponding sequences hi antibodies derived from another species or belonging to another antibody class or subclass, as well as fragments of such antibodies, so long as they exhibit the desired biological activity. U.S. PatentNo.4,816,567; Morrison et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 81: 6851-6855 (1984).

"Humanized" forms of non-human (e.g., murine) antibodies are chimeric immunoglobulins, immunoglobulin chains, or fragments thereof (such as Fv, Fab, Fab', F(ab')2) or other antigen-binding subsequences of antibodies) that contain minimal sequence derived from non-human immunoglobulin. For the most part, humanized antibodies are human immunoglobulins (recipient antibody) in which residues from a CDR of the recipient are replaced by residues from a CDR ofa non-human species (donor antibody) such as mouse, rat or rabbit having the deshed specificity, affinity, and capacity. In some instances, Fv FR residues of the human immunoglobulin are replaced by corresponding non-human residues. Furthermore, humanized antibodies may comprise residues that are found neither in the recipient antibody nor in the imported CDR or framework sequences.

These modifications are made to further refine and maximize antibody performance. In general, the humanized antibody will comprise substantially all of at least one, and typically two, variable domains, in which all or substantially all of the CDR regions correspond to those of a non-human immunoglobulin and all or substantially all of the FR regions are those ofa human immunoglobulin sequence. The humanized antibody preferably also will comprise at least a portion of an immunoglobulin constant region (Fc), typically that ofa human immunoglobulin.

For further details, see Jones et al, Nature. 321: 522-525 (1986); Reichmann et al, Nature. 332: 323-329 (1988); and Presta, Curr. Op. Struct. Biol. 2: 593-596 (1992). The humanized antibody includes a PRIMATIZED™ antibody wherein tlie antigen-binding region of the antibody is derived from an antibody produced by immunizing macaque monkeys with the antigen of interest. "Single-chain Fv" or "sFv" antibody fragments comprise the VH and VL domains of an antibody, wherein these domains are present in a single polypeptide chain. Preferably, the Fv polypeptide further comprises a polypeptide linker between the VH and VL domains that enables the sFv to form the desired structure for antigen binding. For a review of sFv see, Pluckthun in The Pharmacology of Monoclonal Antibodies. Vol. 113, Rosenburg and Moore, eds. (Springer- Verlag: New York, 1994), pp. 269-315. The term "diabodies" refers to small antibody fragments with two antigen-binding sites, which fragments comprise a heavy-chain variable domain (VH) connected to a light-chain variable domain (VL) in the same polypeptide chain (VH - VL). By using a linker that is too short to allow pahing between the two domains on the same chain, the domains are forced to pair with the complementary domains of another chain and create two antigen-binding sites. Diabodies are described more fully in, for example, EP 404,097; WO 93/11161; and Hollinger et al, Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA. 90: 6444-6448 (1993).

An "isolated" antibody is one that has been identified and separated and/or recovered from a component of its natural environment. Contaminant components of its natural environment are materials that would interfere with diagnostic or therapeutic uses for the antibody, and may include enzymes, hormones, and other proteinaceous or nonproteinaceous solutes. In preferred embodiments, tlie antibody will be purified (1) to greater than 95% by weight of antibody as determined by the Lowry method, and most preferably more than 99% by weight, (2) to a degree sufficient to obtain at least 15 residues of N-terminal or internal amino acid sequence by use of a spinning cup sequenator, or (3) to homogeneity by SDS-PAGE under reducing or nonreducing conditions using Coomassie blue or, preferably, silver stain. Isolated antibody includes the antibody in situ within recombmant cells, since at least one component of the antibody's natural environment will not be present. Ordinarily, however, isolated antibody will be prepared by at least one purification step.

An antibody that "specifically binds to" or is "specific for" a particular polypeptide or an epitope on a particular polypeptide is one that binds to that particular polypeptide or epitope on a particular polypeptide witliout substantially binding to any other polypeptide or polypeptide epitope.

The word "label" when used herein refers to a detectable compound or other composition that is conjugated directly or indirectly to the antibody so as to generate a "labeled" antibody. The label may be detectable by itself (e.g. , radioisotope labels or fluorescent labels) or, in the case of an enzymatic label, may catalyze chemical alteration ofa substrate compound or composition that is detectable. Radionuclides that can serve as detectable labels include, for example, 1-131, 1-123, 1-125, Y-90, Re-188, At-211, Cu-67, Bi-212, and Pd-109. The label may also be a non- detectable entity such as a toxin.

By "solid phase" is meant a non-aqueous matrix to which an antibody of the present invention can adhere. Examples of solid phases encompassed herein include those formed partially or entirely of glass (e.g., controlled pore glass), polysaccharides (e.g., agarose), polyacrylamides, polystyrene, polyvinyl alcohol and silicones. In certain embodiments, depending on the context, the solid phase can comprise the well of an assay plate; in others it is a purification column (e.g., an affinity chromatography column). This term also includes a discontinuous solid phase of discrete particles, such as those described in U.S. Patent No. 4,275,149.

A "liposome" is a small vesicle composed of various types of lipids, phospholipids and/or surfactant that is useful for delivery of a drug (such as the PRO polypeptide or antibodies thereto disclosed herein) to a mammal

The components of the liposome are commonly arranged in a bilayer formation, similar to the lipid arrangement of biological membranes.

As used herein, the term "immunoadliesin" designates antibody-like molecules that combine tlie binding specificity of aheterologous protein (an " adhesin") with the effector functions of immunoglobulin constant domains. Structurally, the immunoadhesins comprise a fusion of an amino acid sequence with the desired binding specificity that is other than the antigen recognition and binding site of an antibody (i.e., is "heterologous"), and an immunoglobulin constant domain sequence. The adhesin part of an immunoadhesin molecule typically is a contiguous amino acid sequence comprising at least the binding site ofa receptor or a ligand. The immunoglobulin constant domain sequence in the immunoadhesin may be obtained from any immunoglobulin, such as IgG- 1 , IgG- 2, IgG-3, or IgG-4 subtypes, IgA (including IgA-1 and IgA-2), IgE, IgD, or IgM.

As shown below, Table 1 provides the complete source code for the ALIGN-2 sequence comparison computer program. This source code may be routinely compiled for use on a UNIX operating system to provide the ALIGN-2 sequence comparison computer program.

In addition, Tables 2-5 show hypothetical exemplifications for using the below described method to determine % amino acid sequence identity (Tables 2-3) and % nucleic acid sequence identity (Tables 4-5) using tlie ALIGN-2 sequence comparison computer program, wherein "PRO" represents the amino acid sequence of a hypothetical PRO polypeptide of interest, "Comparison Protein" represents the amino acid sequence of a polypeptide against which the "PRO" polypeptide of interest is being compared, "PRO-DNA" represents a hypothetical PRO-encoding nucleic acid sequence of interest, "Comparison DNA" represents the nucleotide sequence of a nucleic acid molecule against which tlie "PRO-DNA" nucleic acid molecule of interest is being compared, "X", "Y", and "Z" each represent different hypothetical amino acid residues and "N", "L" and "V" each represent different hypothetical nucleotides.

Table 1

/* *

* C-C increased from 12 to 15

* Zis average of EQ

* B is average of ND

* match with stop is _M; stop-stop = 0; J (joker) match = 0 */

#define _M -8 /* value of a match with a stop */ int day[26][26] = {

/* A' B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z*/

/*A*/ 2, 0,-2, 0, 0,-4, 1,-1,-1, 0,-1,-2,-1, 0,_M, 1, 0,-2, 1, 1, 0, 0,-6, 0,-3, 0}, * B */ 0, 3,-4, 3, 2,-5, 0, 1,-2, 0, 0,-3,-2, 2,_M,-1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0,-2,-5, 0,-3, 1}, /*C*/ 2,-4,15,-5,-5,-4,-3,-3,-2, 0,-5,-6,-5,-4,_M,-3,-5,-4, 0,-2, 0,-2,-8, 0, 0,-5}, /*D*/ 0, 3,-5, 4, 3,-6, 1, 1,-2, 0, 0,-4,-3, 2,_M,-1, 2,-1, 0, 0, 0,-2,-7, 0,-4, 2}, /*E*/ 0, 2,-5, 3, 4,-5, 0, 1,-2, 0, 0,-3,-2, 1,_M,-1, 2,-1, 0, 0, 0,-2,-7, 0,-4, 3}, /* p */ 4,-5,-4,-6,-5, 9,-5,-2, 1, 0,-5, 2, 0,-4,_M,-5,-5,-4,-3,-3, 0,-1, 0, 0, 7,-5},

/*G*/ 1, 0,-3, 1, 0,-5, 5,-2,-3, 0,-2,-4,-3, 0,_M,-l,-l,-3, 1, 0, 0,-1,-7, 0,-5, 0},

/*H*/ •1, 1,-3, 1, 1,-2,-2, 6,-2, 0, 0,-2,-2, 2,_M, 0, 3, 2,-1,-1, 0,-2,-3, 0, 0, 2}, 1*1*1 -1,-2,-2,-2,-2, 1,-3,-2, 5, 0,-2, 2, 2,-2,_M,-2,-2,-2,-l, 0, 0, 4,-5, 0,-1,-2},

/*]*/ 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,_M, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0},

/*K*/ -1, 0,-5, 0, 0,-5,-2, 0,-2, 0, 5,-3, 0, 1,_M,-1, 1, 3, 0, 0, 0,-2,-3, 0,-4, 0},

/*L*/ -2,-3,-6,-4,-3, 2,-4,-2, 2, 0,-3, 6, 4,-3,_M,-3,-2,-3,-3,-l, 0, 2,-2, 0,-1,-2},

/*M*/ •1,-2,-5,-3,-2, 0,-3,-2, 2, 0, 0, 4, 6,-2,_M,-2,-l, 0,-2,-1, 0, 2,-4, 0,-2,-1},

/*N*/ 0, 2,-4, 2, 1,-4, 0, 2,-2, 0, 1,-3,-2, 2,_M,-1, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0,-2,-4, 0,-2, 1},

1*0*1 M, M, M,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M, 0,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M,_M},

/* p */ 1,-1,-3 -1,-1,-5,-1, 0,-2, 0,-1,-3,-2,-1 M, 6, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0,-1,-6, 0,-5, 0}, /*Q*/ 0, 1,-5 2, 2,-5,-1, 3,-2, 0, 1,-2,-1, 1, _M, 0, 4, 1,-1,-1, 0,-2,-5, 0,-4, 3}, /*R*/ 2, 0,-4. -1,-1,-4,-3,2,-2,0,3,-3,0,0; _M, 0, 1, 6, 0,-1, 0,-2, 2, 0,-4, 0}, /* S. */ 1, 0, 0 0,0,-3, 1,-1,-1,0,0,-3,-2, 1, _M, 1,-1, 0, 2, 1, 0,-1,-2, 0,-3, 0}, /* T */ 1, 0,-2.0, 0,-3, 0,-1, 0, 0, 0,-1,-1, 0, _M, 0,-1,-1, 1, 3, 0, 0,-5, 0,-3, 0},

/*U*/ 0, 0, 0 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, M, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0}, /* v */ 0,-2,-2. -2,-2,-1,-1,-2, 4, 0,-2, 2, 2,-2; ,"_M,-1, -2,-2,-1, 0, 0, 4,-6, 0,-2,-2},

/*w*/ -6,-5,-8 -7,-7, 0,-7,-3,-5, 0,-3,-2,-4,-4 ,_M,-6,-5, 2,-2,-5, 0,-6,17, 0, 0,-6},

1*X*I 0,0,0 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, M, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0},

/* Y */ 3,-3, 0 -4,-4, 7,-5, 0,-1, 0,-4,-1,-2,-2._M,-5,-4,-4,-3,-3, 0,-2, 0, 0,10,-4},

/*z*/ 0, 1,-5 2,3,-5,0,2,-2,0,0,-2,-1, 1, _M, 0, 3, 0, 0, 0, 0,-2,-6, 0,-4, 4} };

Table 1 (conf)

/* */

#include < stdio.h> #include < ctype.h>

#define MAXJMP 16 /* max jumps in a diag */

#defϊne MAXGAP 24 /* don't continue to penalize gaps larger than this */

#define JMPS 1024 /* max jmps in an path */

#deflne MX 4 /* save if there's at least MX-1 bases since lastjmp */

#define DMAT 3 /* value of matching bases */

#defϊne DMIS 0 /* penalty for mismatched bases */

#define DINSO 8 /* penalty for a gap */

#define DINS1 1 /* penalty per base */

#define PINSO 8 /* penalty for a gap */

#defuιe PINS1 4 /* penalty per residue */ struct jmp { short n[MAXJMP]; /* size of jmp (neg for dely) */ unsigned short x[MAXJMP]; /* base no. of jmp in seq x */ /* limits seq to 2 16 -1 */ struct diag { int score; /* score at lastjmp */ long offset; /* offset of prev block */ short ij p; /* current jmp index */ struct jmp jp; /* list of jmps */

}; struct path { int spc; /* number of leading spaces */ short nfJMPS]; /* size of jmp (gap) */ int x[JMPS]; /* loc of jmp (last elem before gap) */

}; char *ofile; /* output file name */ char *namex[2]; /* seq names: getseqs( ) */ char *prog; /* prog name for err msgs */ char *seqx[2]; /* seqs: getseqs( ) */ int dmax; /* best diag: nw( ) */ int dmaxO; /* final diag */ int dna; /* set if dna: main( ) */ int endgaps; /* set if penalizing end gaps */ int gapx, gapy; /* total gaps in seqs */ int lenO, lenl; /* seq lens */ int ngapx, ngapy; /* total size of gaps */ int smax; /* max score: nw( ) */ int *xbm; /* bitmap for matching */ long offset; /* current offset in jmp file */ struct diag *dx; /* holds diagonals */ struct path pp[21; /* holds path for seqs */ char *calloc( ), *malloc( ), *index( ), *strcpy( ); char *getseq( ), *g_ca!loc( ); Table 1 (conf)

/* Needleman-Wunsch alignment program

*

* usage: progs Filel file2

* where filel and fϊle2 are two dna or two protein sequences.

* The sequences can be in upper- or lower-case an may contain ambiguity

* Any lines beginning with ';','>' or ' < ' are ignored

* Max file length is 65535 (limited by unsigned short x in the jmp struct)

* A sequence with 1/3 or more of its elements ACGTU is assumed to be DNA

* Output is in the file "align.out"

*

* The program may create a tmp file in /tmp to hold info about traceback.

* Original version developed under BSD 4.3 on a vax 8650 */

#include "nw.h" #include "day.h" static _dbval[26] = {

1 , 14,2, 13,0,0,4, 11,0,0, 12,0,3, 15,0,0,0,5,6,8,8,7,9,0, 10,0

static jpbval[26] = {

1, 2|(1< <('D'-,A,))|(1 < <('N'-'A')), 4, 8, 16, 32, 64,

128, 256, OxFFFFFFF, 1< < 10, 1< < 11, 1< < 12, 1< < 13, 1< < 14,

1<<15, 1<<16, 1<<17, 1<<18, 1<<19, 1< <20, 1< <21, 1< <22,

1<<23, 1<<24, 1<<25|(1<<('E,-'A'))|(1<<('Q'-,A'))

}; main(ac, av) mam int ac; char *av[]; prog = av[0]; if(ac!=3){ fprintf(stderr, "usage: %s filel file2\n", prog); fprintf(stderr, "where filel and file2 are two dna or two protein sequences. \n"); f rintf(stderr,"The sequences can be in upper- or lower-case\n"); fprintf(stderr, " Any lines beginning with ';' or ' < ' are ignoredm"); fprintf(stderr, "Output is in the file \"align.out\"\n"); exit(l);

} namex[0] = av[l]; namexfl] = av[2]; seqx[0] = getseq(namex[0], &len0); seqxfl] = getseq(namex[l], &lenl); xbm = (dna)? _dbval : _pbval; endgaps = 0; /* 1 to penalize endgaps */ ofile = "align.out"; /* output file */ nw( ); /* fill in the matrix, get the possible jmps */ readjmps( ); /* get the actual jmps */ print( ); /* print stats, alignment */ cleanup(0); /* unlink any tmp files */ Table 1 (conf)

/* do the alignment, return best score: main( )

* dna: values in Fitch and Smith, PNAS, 80, 1382-1386, 1983

* pro: PAM 250 values

* When scores are equal, we prefer mismatches to any gap, prefer

* a new gap to extending an ongoing gap, and prefer a gap in seqx

* to a gap in seq y. */ nw( ) nw { char *px, *py; /* seqs and ptrs */ int *ndely, *dely; /* keep track of dely */ int ndelx, delx; /* keep track of delx */ int *tmp; /* for swapping rowO, rowl */ int mis; /* score for each type */ int insO, insl; /* insertion penalties */ register id; /* diagonal index */ register ij; /* jmp index */ register *col0, *coll; /* score for curr, last row */ register xx, yy; /* index into seqs */ dx = (struct diag *)g_calloc("to get diags", lenO+lenl + 1, sizeof(struct diag)); ndely = (int *)g_calloc("to get ndely", lenl + 1, sizeof(int)); dely = (int *)g_calloc("to get dely", lenl + 1, sizeof(int)); colO = (int *)g_calloc("to get colO", lenl + 1, sizeof(int)); coll = (int *)g_calloc("to get coll ", lenl + 1, sizeof(int)); insO = (dna)? DINS0 : PINS0; insl = (dha)? DINSl : PINS1; smax = -10000; if (endgaps) { for (col0[0] = dely[0] = -insO, yy = 1; yy < = lenl; yy+ +) { col0[yy] = dely[yy] = col0[yy-l] - insl; ndely[yy] = yy;

} co!0[0] = 0; /* Waterman Bull Math Biol 84 */

} else for (yy = 1; yy < = lenl; yy+ +) dely[yy] = -insO;

/* fill in match matrix */ for (px = seqx[0], xx = 1; xx < = lenO; px+ + , xx++) { /* initialize first entry in col */ if (endgaps) { if (xx == 1) coll[0] = delx = -(insO+insl); else coll[0] = delx = col0[0] - insl; ndelx = xx;

} els e { coll[0] = 0; delx = -insO; ndelx = 0; Table 1 (conf)

...n for (py = seqx[l], yy = 1; yy < = lenl; py+ + , yy+ +) { mis = col0[yy-l]; if (dna) mis + = (xbm[*px-'A']&xbm[*py-'A'])? DMAT : DMIS; else mis += _day[*px-'A'][*py-'A'];

/* update penalty for del in x seq;

* favor new del over ongong del

* ignore MAXGAP if weighting endgaps */ if (endgaps | j ndely[yy] < MAXGAP) { if (colOfyy] - insO > = dely[yy]) { delyfyy] = col0[yy] - (insO+insl); ndelyfyy] = 1; } else { delyfyy] -= insl; ndely[yy] + + ; }

} else { if (colOfyy] - (insO+insl) > = delyfyy]) { delyfyy] = colOfyy] - (insO+insl); ndelyfyy] = 1;

} else ndelyfyy] + + ;

}

/* update penalty for del in y seq; * favor new del over ongong del */ if (endgaps 1 1 ndelx < MAXGAP) { if (coll[yy-l] - insO > = delx) { delx = coll[yy-l] - (insO+insl); ndelx = 1; } else { delx -= insl; ndelx+ + ; }

} else { if (coll[yy-l] - (insO+insl) > = delx) { delx = coll[yy-l] - (insO+insl); ndelx = 1;

} else ndelx+ +;

}

/* pick the maximum score; we're favoring * mis over any del and delx over dely

*/

Table 1 (conf)

...n id = xx - yy + lenl - 1; if (mis > = delx && mis > = delyfyy]) collfyy] = mis; else if (delx > = delyfyy]) { collfyy] = delx; ij = dx[id].ijmp; if (dx[id].jp.n[0] && (!dna | | (ndelx > = MAXJMP && xx > dx[id].jp.x[ij] +MX) | j mis > dxfid). score +DINS0)) { dx[id].ijmp + + ; if (+ +ij > = MAXJMP) { writejmps(id); ij = dxfid]. ijmp = 0; dxfid]. offset = offset; offset + = sizeof(struct jmp) + sizeof(offset); }

} dxfid] .jp.nfij] = ndelx; dx[id].jp.x[ij] = xx; dxfid]. score = delx;

} else { collfyy] = delyfyy]; ij = dxfid]. ijmp; if (dxfid] jp.nfO] && (!dna 1 1 (ndelyfyy] > = MAXJMP

&& xx > dx[id].jp.x[ij] +MX) 1 1 mis > dxfid]. score +DINS0)) { dxfid]. ijmp+ + ; if (+ +ij > = MAXJMP) { writejmps(id); ij = dxfid]. ijmp = 0; dxfid]. offset = offset; offset + = sizeof(struct jmp) + sizeof (offset); } } dxfid] jp.nfij] = -ndelyfyy]; dx[id].jp.x[ij] = xx; dxfid]. score = delyfyy];

} if (xx = = lenO && yy < lenl) { /* last col */ if (endgaps) collfyy] -= insO+insl*(lenl-yγ); if (collfyy] > smax) { smax = collfyy]; dmax = id; } } } if (endgaps && xx < lenO) coll[yy-l] -= ins0+insl*(len0-xx); if (coll[yy-l] > smax) { smax = coll[yy-l]; dmax = id;

} tmp = colO; colO = coll; coll = tmp;

(void) free((char *)ndely); (void) free((char *)dely);

(void) free((char *)col0) (void) free((char *)coll) } Table 1 (conf)

/* *

* ρrint( ) — only routine visible outside this module

*

* static:

* getmat( ) — trace back best path, count matches: print( )

* pr_align( ) — print alignment of described in array pQ: print( )

* dumpblock( ) - dump a block of lines with numbers, stars: pr_align( )

* mιms( ) ~ put out a number line: dumpblock( )

* ρutline( ) — put out a line (name, [num], seq, [num]): dumpblock( )

* stars( ) - -put a line of stars: dumpblock( )

* stripname( ) — strip any path and prefix from a seqname */

#include "nw.h"

#define SPC 3

#defύιe P_LINE 256 /* maximum output line */

#define P_SPC 3 /* space between name or num and seq */ extern _day[26][26]; int olen; /* set output line length */

FILE *fx; /* output file */ print( ) print

{ int lx, ly, firstgap, lastgap; /* overlap */ if ((fx = fopen(ofile, "w")) = = 0) { fprintf(stderr,"%s: can't write %s\n", prog, ofile); cleanup(l);

} fprintf(fx, " < first sequence: %s (length = %d)\n", namexfO], lenO); fprintf(fx, " < second sequence: %s (length = %d)\n", namexfl], lenl); olen = 60; lx = lenO; ly = lenl; firstgap = lastgap = 0; if (dmax < lenl - 1) { /* leading gap in x */ pp[0].spc = firstgap = lenl - dmax - 1; ly -= pp[0].spc;

} else if (dmax > lenl - 1) { /* leading gap in y */ pp[l].spc = firstgap = dmax - (lenl - 1); lx -= pp[l].spc;

} if (dmaxO < lenO - 1) { /* trailing gap in x */ lastgap = lenO - dmaxO -1; lx -= lastgap;

} else if (dmaxO > lenO - 1) { /* trailing gap in y */ lastgap = dmaxO - (lenO - 1); ly -= lastgap;

} getmat(lx, ly, firstgap, lastgap); pr_align( ); Table 1 (conf)

/*

* trace back the best path, count matches

*/ static getmat(lx, ly, firstgap, lastgap) getmat int lx, ly, /* "core" (minus endgaps) */ int firstgap, lastgap, /* leading trailing overlap */ int run, lO, ii, sizO, sizl, char outx[32], double pet, register nO, nl, register char *p0, *pl,

nm = 0 while (

/* pet homology

* if penalizing endgaps, base is the shorter seq

* else, knock off overhangs and take shorter core */ if (endgaps) lx = (lenO < lenl)1? lenO lenl, else lx = (lx < ly)? lx ly, pet = 100 *(double)nm/(double)lx, fpπntf(fx, "\n"), fpπntf(fx, " < %d match%s m an overlap of %d % 2f percent sιmιlaπty\n", nm, (nm = = 1)? " " "es", lx, pet), Table 1 (conf) fprintf(fx, " <gaps in first sequence: %d", gapx); ..getmat if (gapx) {

(void) sprintf(outx, " (%d %s%s)", ngapx, (dna)? "base": "residue", (ngapx == 1)? "":"s"); fprintf(fx," %s", outx); fprintf(fx, ", gaps in second sequence: %d", gapy); if (gapy) {

(void) sprintf(outx, " (%d %s%s)", ngapy, (dna)? "base": "residue", (ngapy = = 1)? "":"s"); fprintf(fx," %s", outx);

} if (dna) φrintf(fx,

"\n< score: %d (match = %d, mismatch = %d, gap penalty = %& + %d per base)\n", smax, DMAT, DMIS, DINSO, DINS1); else fprintf(fx,

"\n<score: %d (Dayhoff PAM 250 matrix, gap penalty = %d + %d per residue)\n", smax, PINS0, PINS1); if (endgaps) fprintf(fx,

" <endgaρs penalized, left endgap: %d %s%s, right endgap: %d %s%s\n", firstgap, (dna)? "base" : "residue", (firstgap == 1)? "" : "s", lastgap, (dna)? "base" : "residue", (lastgap = = 1)? "" : "s"); else fprintf(fx, " < endgaps not penalized\n");

static nm; /* matches in core — for checking */ static lmax; /* lengths of stripped file names */ static ij[2]; /* jmp index for a path */ static nc[2]; /* number at start of current line */ static niP]; /* current elem number — for gapping */ static siz[2]; static char *ps[2]; /* ptr to current element */ static char *po[2]; /* ptr to next output char slot */ static char oouutt[[22]][[IP_LINE] ; /* output line */ static char starfP ] ϊ]; /* set by stars( ) */

/*

* print alignment of described in struct path ppf]

*/ static pr_align( ) pr align { int nn; /* char count */ int more; register i; for (i = 0, lmax = 0; i < 2; i+ +) { nn = stripname(namex[i]); if (nn > lmax) lmax = nn; ncfi] = 1; nifi] = 1; sizfi] = ijfi] = 0; psfi] = seqxfi]; pofi] = outfi]; Table 1 (conf) for (nn = nm = 0, more = 1; more; ) { ...pr_allgn for (i = more = 0; i < 2; i+ +) { /*

* do we have more of this sequence? */ if (!*ps[i]) continue; more+ + ; if (ppfi]. spc) { /* leading space */ *po[i] + + = ' '; ppfi]. spc--;

} else if (sizfij) { /* in a gap */

*po[i] + + = '-'; sizfi]--;

} else { /* we're putting a seq element

*/ *po[i] = *ps[ij; if (islower(*ps[i]))

*ps[i] = toupper(*ps[i]); po[i] + + ; ps[i] + + ;

/* * are we at next gap for this seq? if (ni[i] == pp[i].x[ij[i]]) { /*

* we need to merge all gaps

* at this location */ sizfi] = pp[i].nfij[i] + +]; while (nifij == pp[i].x[ij[i]]) sizfi] + = pp[i].n[ij[i] + +];

} ni[i]+ + ;

} if (+ +nn = = olen 1 1 !more && nn) { dumpblock( ); for (i = 0; i < 2; i+ +) pofi] = outfi]; nn = 0; }

}

/*

* dump a block of lines, including numbers, stars: pr_align( )

*/ static dumpbiock( ) dumpblock

{ register i; for (i = 0; i < 2; i++) *po[i]~ = '\0'; Table 1 (conf)

...dumpblock

(void)putc('\n',fx); for(i = 0;i < 2;i++){ if(*out[i]&&(*out[i] ! = *(po[i]) != ")){ if(i==0) nums(i); if(i==0&&*out[l]) stars( ); putline(i); if (i ==0&&*out[l]) fprintf(fx, star); if(i== l) nums(i);

/*

* put out a number line: dumpblock( ) */ static nums(ix) nums int ix; /* index in outf] holding seq line */

{ char ininefPJ INE]; register i, j; register char *pn, *px, *py; for (pn = nline, i = 0; i < lmax+P_SPC; i+ + , pn++)

*pn = ' '; for (i = ncfix], py = outfix]; *ρy; py+ + , pn++) { if(*py== " II *py == '-') else { if (i%10 == 011 (i == 1 && ncfix] != 1)) { j = (i < 0)? -i : i; for (px = pn; j; j /= 10, px~)

*px =j%10 + '0'; if(i<0)

} else

*pn = i+ + ;

}

*F ncfix] = i; for (pn = nline; *pn; pn+ +) (void) putc(*pn, fx); (void)putc('\n', fx); >

/*

* put out a line (name, fnum], seq, [num]): dumpblock( )

*/ static putline(ix) putlilie int ix; { Table 1 (conf)

...putline int i; register char *px; for (px = namexfix], i = 0; *px&& *px != ':'; px++, i++)

(void) putc(*px, fx); for (; i < Imax+PjSPC; i++)

(void)putc(' ', fx);

/* these count from 1:

* nif] is current element (from 1)

* ncQ is number at start of current line */ for (px = outfix]; *px; px++)

(void) putc(*px&0x7F, fx); (void)putc('\n', fx);

/*

* put a line of stars (seqs always in outfO], out[l]): dumpblock( )

*/ static stars( ) stars int i; register char *p0, *pl, ex, *px; if (!*out[0] 11 (*out[0] ==''&& *(po[0]) == ' ') 11 !*out[l] 11 (*out[l] ==' '&& *(po[l]) == ")) return; px = star; for (i = lmax+P_SPC; i; i-)

*px++ = ' '; for (pO = out[0], pi = out[l]; *p0 && *pl; p0+ + , pl++) { if (isalpha(*ρ0) && isalpha(*ρl)) { if (xbm[*p0-'A']&xbm[*pl-'A']) { ex = '*'; nm++;

} elseif(!dna&&_day[*p0-'A'][*pl-'A'] > 0) ex = '.'; else ex = ' ';

} else ex = ' '; *px++ = ex;

>

*px++ = '\n'; *px = '\0'; Table 1 (conf)

/*

* strip path or prefix from pn, return len: pr align( ) */ static stripnameφn) Stripname char *pn; /* file name (may be path) */

{ register char *px, *py; py = 0; for (px = pn; *px; px+ +) if (*px == V) py = px + 1; if (py)

(void) strcpy(pn, py); return(strlen(pn)) ;

Table 1 fcont')

/*

* cleanuρ( ) — cleanup any tmp file

* getseq( ) — read in seq, set dna, len, maxlen

* g_calloc( ) - calloc( ) with error checkin

* readjmps( ) — get the good jmps, from tmp file if necessary

* writejmps( ) - write a filled array of jmps to a tmp file: nw( ) */

^include "nw.h" #include <sys/file.h> char *jname = "/tmp/homgXXXXXX" ; /* tmp file for jmps */

FILE *fj; int cleanup( ); /* cleanup tmp file */ long lseek( );

/*

* remove any tmp file if we blow

*/ cleanup(i) cleanup int

{ if (fj)

(void) unlink(jname); exit(i);

/*

* read, return ptr to seq, set dna, len, maxlen

* skip lines starting with ';', ' < ', or ' > '

* seq in upper or lower case */ char * getseq(file, len) getseq char *fϊle; /* file name */ int *len; /* seq len */ char line[1024], *pseq; register char *px, *py; int natgc, tlen;

FILE *fp; if ((fp = fopen(file,"r")) == 0) { φrintf(stderr,"%s: can't read %s\n", prog, file); exit(l);

} den = natgc = 0; while (fgets(line, 1024, fp)) { if (*line = = ';' 1 1 *line = = ' < ' 1 1 *line = = ' > ') continue; * for (px = line; *px ! = '\n'; ρx+ +) if (isupper(*px) 1 1 islower(*px)) tlen+ + ;

} if ((pseq = malloc((unsigned)(tlen+6))) == 0) { φrintf(stderr,"%s: malloc( ) failed to get %d bytes for %s\n", prog, tlen+6, file); exit(l);

} pseqfO] = pseqfl] = pseq[2] = pseq[3] = '\0'; Table 1 (conf)

...getseq py = pseq + 4; *len = tlen; rewind(φ); while (fgets(line, 1024, φ)) { if (*line = = ';' | | *line = = ' < ' | ] *line == ' > ') continue; for (px = line; *px ! = '\n'; px+ +) { if (isupper(*px))

*py++ = *px; else if (islower(*px))

*py+ + = toupper(*px); if (index("ATGCU",*(py-l))) natgc+ + ; } }

*py++ = '\0'; *py = '\0'; (void) fclose(φ); dna = natgc > (tlen/3); return(pseq+4);

char * g_calloc(msg, nx, sz) g_calloc char *msg; /* program, calling routine */ int nx, sz; /* number and size of elements */ char *px, *calloc( ); if ((px = calloc((unsigned)nx, (unsigned)sz)) == 0) { if (*msg) { φrintf(stderr, "%s: g_calloc( ) failed %s (n= %d, sz= %d)\n", prog, msg, nx, sz); exit(l);

> > return(px);

/* * get final jmps from dxf] or tmp file, set ppf], reset dmax: main( )

*/ readjmps( ) readjmps

{ int fd = -1; int siz, iO, il; register i, j, xx; if (φ {

(void) fclose(fj); if ((fd = open(jname, 0_RDONLY, 0)) < 0) { fprintf(stderr, " %s: can't open( ) %s\n", prog, jname); cleanup(l); } for (i = iO = il = 0, dmaxO = dmax, xx = lenO; ; i+ +) { while (1) { for (j = dx[dmax].ijmp; j > = 0 && dxfdmax] jp.xfj] > = xx; j-) Table 1 (conf)

...readjmps if (j < 0 && dxfdmax], offset && fj) {

(void) lseek(fd, dxfdmax]. offset, 0);

(void) read(fd, (char *)&dx[dmax] jp, sizeof (struct jmp));

(void) read(fd, (char *)&dx[dmax]. offset, sizeof(dx[dmaxj. offset)); dx[dmax].ijmp = MAXJMP-1;

} else break;

} if (i > = JMPS) { φrintf(stderr, " %s: too many gaps in alignment\n", prog); cleanup(l); } if ϊ > = 0) { siz = dxfdmax] jp.nfj]; xx = dxfdmax] jp.xfj]; dmax + = siz; if (siz < 0) { /* gap in second seq */ pp[l].n[il] = -siz; xx + = siz;

/* id = xx - yy + lenl - 1 */ pp[l].x[il] = xx - dmax + lenl - 1; gaρy+ + ; ngapy -= siz; /* ignore MAXGAP when doing endgaps */ siz = (-siz < MAXGAP 1 1 endgaps)? -siz : MAXGAP; il + +;

> else if (siz > 0) { /* gap in first seq */ pp[0].n[i0] = siz; pp[0].x[i0] = xx; gapx+ + ; ngapx + = siz; /* ignore MAXGAP when doing endgaps */ siz = (siz < MAXGAP 1 1 endgaps)? siz : MAXGAP; i0+ + ; > } else break; }

/* reverse the order of jmps */ for (j = 0, iO--; j < iO; j+ +, iO--) { i = pp[0].n[j]; pp[0].n[j] = pp[0].n[i0]; pp[0].n[i0] = i; i = pp[0].x[j]; ppf0].x[j] = pp[0].x[i0]; pp[0].x[i0] = i;

} for (j = 0, il-; j < il; j+ +, il-) { i = pp[l].n[j]; pp[l].n[j] = pp[l].n[il]; pp[l].n[il] = i; i = pp[l].x[j]; pp[l].x[j] = pp[l].x[il]; pp[l].x[il] = i;

} if (fd > = 0)

(void) close(fd); if (fj) {

(void) unlιnk(jname); fj = 0; offset = 0; } } Table 1 (conf)

/*

* write a filled jmp struct offset of the prev one (if any): nw( ) */ writejmps(ix) rftejmps int ix;

{ char *mktemp( ); if (!fj) { if (mktemp(jname) < 0) { φrintf(stderr, "%s: can't mktemp( ) %s\n", prog, jname); cleanup(l);

> if ((fj = fopen(jname, "w")) = = 0) { φrintf(stderr, "%s: can't write %s\n", prog, jname); exit(l); } }

(void) fwrite((char *)&dx[ix] jp, sizeof(struct jmp), 1, fj); (void) fwrite((char *)&dx[ix]. offset, sizeof (dxfix]. offset), 1, fj);

Table 2

PRO XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (Length = 15 amino acids)

Comparison Protein XXXXXYYYYYYY (Length = 12 amino acids)

% amino acid sequence identity =

(the number of identically match ig amino acid residues between the two polypeptide sequences as determined by

ALIGN-2) divided by (the total number of amino acid residues of the PRO polypeptide) =

5 divided by 15 = 33.3%

Table 3

PRO XXXXXXXXXX (Length = 10 amino acids)

Comparison Protein XXXXXYYYYYYZZYZ (Length = 15 amino acids)

% amino acid sequence identity = (the number of identically matching amino acid residues between the two polypeptide sequences as determined by

ALIGN-2) divided by (tl e total number of amino acid residues of tl e PRO polypeptide) = 5 divided by 10 = 50%

Table 4 PRO-DNA NNNNNNNNNNNNNN (Length = 14 nucleotides)

Comparison DNA NNNNNNLLLLLLLLLL (Length = 16 nucleotides)

% nucleic acid sequence identity =

(the number of identically matching nucleotides between the two nucleic acid sequences as determined by ALIGN-

2) divided by (the total number of nucleotides of the PRO-DNA nucleic acid sequence) =

6 divided by 14 = 42.9%

Table 5

PRO-DNA NNNNNNNNNNNN (Length = 12 nucleotides)

Comparison DNA NNNNLLLW (Length = 9 nucleotides)

% nucleic acid sequence identity =

(the number of identically matching nucleotides between the two nucleic acid sequences as determined by ALIGN-

2) divided by (the total number of nucleotides of tlie PRO-DNA nucleic acid sequence) =

4 divided by 12 = 33.3% 5.2. Compositions and Methods of the Invention

5.2.1. PRO Variants

In addition to the full-length native sequence PRO polypeptides described herein, it is contemplated that

PRO variants can be prepared. PRO variants can be prepared by introducing appropriate nucleotide changes into the PRO DNA, and/or by synthesis of the desired PRO polypeptide. Those skilled in the art will appreciate that amino acid changes may alter post-translational processes of the PRO polypeptide such as changing the number or position of glycosylation sites or altering the membrane anchoring characteristics.

Variations in tlie native full-length sequence PRO polypeptide or in various domains of the PRO polypeptide described herein, can be made, for example, using any of the techniques and guidelines for conservative and non-conservative mutations set forth, for instance, in U.S. Patent No. 5,364,934. Variations may be a substitution, deletion or insertion of one or more codons encoding the PRO polypeptide that results in a change in the amino acid sequence of the PRO polypeptide as compared with the native sequence PRO polypetide. Optionally the variation is by substitution of at least one amino acid with any other amino acid in one or more of the domains of the PRO polypeptide. Guidance in determining which amino acid residue may be inserted, substituted or deleted without adversely affecting the desired activity may be found by comparing the sequence of the PRO polypeptide with that of homologous known protein molecules and minimizing the number of amino acid sequence changes made in regions of high homology. Amino acid substitutions can be the result of replacing one amino acid with another amino acid having similar structural and/or chemical properties, such as the replacement ofa leucine with a serine, i. e. , conservative amino acid replacements. Insertions or deletions may optionally be in the range of about 1 to 5 amino acids. The variation allowed may be determined by systematically making insertions, deletions or substitutions of amino acids in the sequence and testing the resulting variants for activity exhibited by the full-length or mature native sequence.

In particular embodiments, conservative substitutions of interest are shown in Table 6 under the heading of preferred substitutions. If such substitutions result in a change in biological activity, then more substantial changes, denominated exemplary substitutions in Table 6, or as further described below in reference to amino acid classes, are introduced and tlie products screened.

Table 6

Original Exemplary Preferred

Residue Substitutions Substitutions

Ala (A) val; leu; ile val Arg (R) lys; gin; asn lys

Asn (N) gin; his; lys; arg gin

Asp (D) glu glu

Cys (C) ser ser

Gin (Q) asn asn Glu (E) asp asp

Gly (G) pro; ala ala

His (H) asn; gin; lys; arg arg

Ile (I) leu; val; met; ala; phe; norleucine leu Leu (L) norleucine; ile; val; met; ala; phe ile

Lys (K) arg; gin; asn arg

Met (M) leu; phe; ile leu

Phe 0?) leu; val; ile; ala; tyr leu Pro (P) ala ala

Ser (S) thr thr

Thr (T) ser ser

Tip (W) tyr; phe tyr

Tyr (Y) tip; phe; thr; ser phe Val (V) ile; leu; met; phe; ala; norleucine leu

Substantial modifications in function or immunological identity of the PRO polypeptide are accomplished by selecting substitutions that differ significantly in their effect on maintaining (a) the structure of the polypeptide backbone in the area of the substitution, for example, as a sheet or helical conformation, (b) the charge or hydrophobicity of the molecule at the target site, or (c) the bulk of the side chain. Naturally occurring residues are divided into groups based on common side-chain properties:

(1) hydrophobic: norleucine, met, ala, val, leu, ile;

(2) neutral hydrophilic: cys, ser, thr;

(3) acidic: asp, glu; (4) basic: asn, gin, his, lys, arg;

(5) residues that influence chain orientation: gly, pro; and

(6) aromatic: tip, tyr, phe.

Non-conservative substitutions will entail exchanging a member of one of these classes for another class. Such substituted residues also may be introduced into the conservative substitution sites or, more preferably, into the remaining (non-conserved) sites.

The variations can be made using methods known in the art such as oligonucleotide-mediated (site- directed) mutagenesis, alanine scanning, and PCR mutagenesis. Site-directed mutagenesis [Carter et al, Nucl. Acids Res.. 13:4331 (1986); Zoller et al, Nucl. Acids Res.. .10:6487 (1987)], cassette mutagenesis [Wells et al, Gene, 34:315 (1985)], restriction selection mutagenesis [Wells etal, Philos. Trans. R. Soc. London SerA.317:415 (1986)] or other known techniques can be performed on the cloned DNA to produce the PRO variant DNA.

Scanning amino acid analysis can also be employed to identify one or more amino acids along a contiguous sequence. Among the preferred scanning amino acids are relatively small, neutral amino acids. Such amino acids include alanine, glycine, serine, and cysteine. Alanine is typically a preferred scanning amino acid among this group because it eliminates the side-chain beyond the beta-carbon and is less likely to alter the main-chain conformation of the variant [Cunningham and Wells, Science, 244: 1081-1085 (1989)]. Alanine is also typically preferred because it is the most common amino acid. Further, it is frequently found in both buried and exposed positions [Creighton, The Proteins, (W.H. Freeman & Co., N.Y.); Chothia, J. Mol. Biol.. 150: 1 (1976)]. If alanine substitution does not yield adequate amounts of variant, an isoteric amino acid can be used.

5.2.2. Modifications of PRO Polypeptides

Covalent modifications of PRO polypeptides are included within the scope of this invention. One type of covalent modification includes reacting targeted amino acid residues of a PRO polypeptide with an organic derivatizing agent that is capable of reacting with selected side chains or the N- or C- terminal residues of the PRO polypeptide. Derivatization with bifunctional agents is useful, for instance, for crosshnking the PRO polypeptide to a water-insoluble support matrix or surface for use in the method for purifying anti-PRO antibodies, and vice- versa. Commonly used crosslinking agents include, e.g., 1,1 -bis(diazoacetyl)-2-phenylethane, glutaraldehyde, N- hydroxysuccinimide esters, for example, esters with 4-azidosalicylic acid, homobifunctional imidoesters, including disuccinimidyl esters such as 3,3'-difhiobis(succinimidylpropionate), bifunctional maleimides such as bis-N- maleimido-l,8-octane and agents such as metlιyl-3-[(p-azidophenyl)dithio]proρioimidate. Other modifications include deamidation of glutaminyl and asparaginyl residues to the corresponding glutamyl and aspartyl residues, respectively, hydroxylation of proline and lysine, phosphorylation of hydroxyl groups of seryl or threonyl residues, methylation of the α-amino groups of lysine, arginine, and histidine side chains [T.E. Creighton, Proteins: Structure and Molecular Properties. W.H. Freeman & Co., San Francisco, pp. 79-86 (1983)], acetylation of the N-terminal a ine, and amidation of any C-terminal carboxyl group. Another type of covalent modification of the PRO polypeptide included within tlie scope of this invention comprises altering the native glycosylation pattern of the polypeptide. "Altering the native glycosylation pattern" is intended for purposes herein to mean deleting one or more carbohydrate moieties found in the native sequence PRO polypeptide (either by removing the underlying glycosylation site or by deleting the glycosylation by chemical and/or enzymatic means), and/or adding one or more glycosylation sites that are not present in the native sequence PRO polypeptide. In addition, the phrase includes qualitative changes in the glycosylation of the native proteins, involving a change in the nature and proportions of the various carbohydrate moieties present.

Addition of glycosylation sites to the PRO polypeptide may be accomplished by altering the amino acid sequence. The alteration may be made, for example, by the addition of, or substitution by, one or more serine or threonine residues to the native sequence PRO polypeptide (for O-linked glycosylation sites). The PRO amino acid sequence may optionally be altered through changes at the DNA level, particularly by mutating the DNA encoding the PRO polypeptide at preselected bases such that codons are generated that will translate into the desired amino acids.

Another means of increasing the number of carbohydrate moieties on the PRO polypeptide is by chemical or enzymatic coupling of glycosides to the polypeptide. Such methods are described in the art, e.g., in WO 87/05330 published 11 September 1987, and in Aplin and Wriston, CRC Grit, Rev. Biochem.. pp.259-306 (1981). Removal of carbohydrate moieties present on the PRO polypeptide may be accomplished chemically or enzymatically or by mutational substitution of codons encoding for amino acid residues that serve as targets for glycosylation. Chemical deglycosylation techniques are known in the art and described, for instance, by Hakimuddin, et al, Arch. Biochem. Biophys..259:52 (1987) and by Edge et al, Anal. Biochem.. 118:131 (1981). Enzymatic cleavage of carbohydrate moieties on polypeptides can be achieved by the use ofa variety of endo- and exo-glycosidases as described by Thotakura et al, Meth. Enzvmol.. 138:350 (1987).

Another type of covalent modification of the PRO polypeptide comprises linking the PRO polypeptide to one of a variety of nonproteinaceous polymers, e.g., polyethylene glycol (PEG), polypropylene glycol, or polyoxyalkylenes, in the manner set forth in U.S. Patent Nos. 4,640,835; 4,496,689; 4,301,144; 4,670,417; 4,791,192 or 4,179,337. The PRO polypeptide of the present invention may also be modified in a way to form a chimeric molecule comprising the PRO polypeptide fused to another, heterologous polypeptide or amino acid sequence.

In one embodiment, such a chimeric molecule comprises a fusion of the PRO polypeptide with a protein transduction domain which targets the PRO polypeptide for delivery to various tissues and more particularly across the brain blood barrier, using, for example, the protein transduction domain of human immunodeficiency virus TAT protein (Schwarze et al, 1999, Science 285: 1569-72).

In another embodiment, such a chimeric molecule comprises a fusion of the PRO polypeptide with a tag polypeptide which provides an epitope to which an anti-tag antibody can selectively bind. The epitope tag is generally placed at the amino- or carboxyl- terminus of the PRO polypeptide. The presence of such epitope-tagged forms of the PRO polypeptide can be detected using an antibody against the tag polypeptide. Also, provision of the epitope tag enables the PRO polypeptide to be readily purified by affinity purification using an anti-tag antibody or another type of affinity matrix that binds to the epitope tag. Various tag polypeptides and their respective antibodies are well known in the art. Examples include pbly-histidine (poly-His) or poly-histidine-glycine (poly- His-gly) tags; the flu HA tag polypeptide and its antibody 12CA5 [Field et al, Mol. Cell. Biol.. 8:2159-2165 (1988)]; the c-myc tag and the 8F9, 3C7, 6E10, G4, B7 and 9E10 antibodies thereto [Evan et al, Molecular and Cellular Biology. 5:3610-3616 (1985)]; and the Herpes Simplex virus glycoprotein D (gD) tag and its antibody

[Paborsky et al, Protehi Engineering.3(61:547-553 (1990)] . Other tag polypeptides include the Flag-peptide [Hopp e/fl/.,BioTechnologv, 6:1204-1210 (1988)]; the KT3 epitope peptide [Martinet al. Science.255:192-194 (1992)1; an α-tubulin epitope peptide [Skinner etal, J. Biol. Chem..266:15163-15166 (1991)]; and the T7 gene 10 protein peptide tag [Lutz-Freyerniutli et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 87:6393-6397 (1990)]. In an alternative embodiment, the chimeric molecule may comprise a fusion of tlie PRO polypeptide with an immunoglobulin or a particular region of an immunoglobulin. For a bivalent form of the chimeric molecule (also referred to as an "immunoadhesin"), such a fusion could be to the Fc region of an IgG molecule. The Ig fusions preferably include tlie substitution of a soluble (transmembrane domain deleted or inactivated) form of a PRO polypeptide in place of at least one variable region within an Ig molecule. In a particularly preferred embodiment, the immunoglobulin fusion includes the hinge, CH2 and CH3 , or the hinge, CH 1 , CH2 and CH3 regions of an IgG 1 molecule. For the production ofimmunoglobulin fusions see also, U.S. PatentNo. 5,428,130 issued June 27, 1995.

5.2.3. Preparation of the PRO Polypeptide

The present invention provides newly identified and isolated nucleotide sequences encoding polypeptides referred to in the present application as PRO polypeptides. In particular, cDNAs encoding PRO polypeptides have been identified and isolated, as disclosed in further detail in the Examples below. It is noted that proteins produced in separate expression rounds may be given different PRO numbers but tlie UNQ number is unique for any given DNA and the encoded protein, and will not be changed. However, for sake of simplicity, in the present specification the protein encoded by tlie PRO DNA as well as all further native homologues and variants included in the foregoing definition of PRO polypeptides, will be referred to as "PRO" regardless of their origin or mode ofpreparation.

The description below relates primarily to production of PRO polypeptides by culturing cells transformed or transfected with a vector containing nucleic acid encoding PRO polypeptides. It is, of course, contemplated that alternative methods that are well known in the art may be employed to prepare the PRO polypeptide. For instance, tlie PRO polypeptide sequence, or portions thereof, may be produced by direct peptide synthesis using solid-phase techniques. See, e.g. , Stewart et al, Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis (W.H. Freeman Co. : San Francisco, CA, 1969); Merrifield, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 85: 2149-2154 (1963). In vitro protein synthesis may be performed using manual techniques or by automation. Automated synthesis may be accomplished, for instance, with an Applied Biosystems

Peptide Synthesizer (Foster City, CA) using manufacturer's instructions. Various portions of the PRO polypeptide may be chemically synthesized separately and combined using chemical or enzymatic methods to produce the full- length PRO polypeptide.

5.2.3.1. Isolation of DNA Encoding PRO Polypeptides DNA encoding the PRO polypeptide may be obtained from a cDNA library prepared from tissue believed to possess the mRNA encoding the PRO polypeptide and to express it at a detectable level. Accordingly, DNAs encoding the human PRO polypeptide can be conveniently obtained from cDNA libraries prepared from human tissues, such as described in the Examples. The gene encoding tlie PRO polypeptide may also be obtained from a genomic library or by oligonucleotide synthesis. Libraries can be screened with probes (such as antibodies to the PRO polypeptide or oligonucleotides of at least about 20-80 bases) designed to identify the gene of interest or the protein encoded by it. Screening the cDNA or genomic library with the selected probe may be conducted using standard procedures, such as described in Sambrook et al, supra. An alternative means to isolate the gene encoding the PRO polypeptide is to use PCR methodology. Sambrook et al, supra; Dieffenbach et al, PCR Primer: A Laboratory Manual (New York: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1995).

The Examples below describe techniques for screening a cDNA library. The oligonucleotide sequences selected as probes should be of sufficient length and sufficiently unambiguous that false positives are minimized. The oligonucleotide is preferably labeled such that it can be detected upon hybridization to DNA in the library being screened. Methods of labeling are well known in the art, and include tlie use of radiolabels like 32P-labeled ATP, biotinylation, or enzyme labeling. Hybridization conditions, including moderate stringency and high stringency, are provided in Sambrook et al, supra.

Sequences identified in such library screening methods can be compared and aligned to other known sequences deposited and available in public databases such as GenBank or other private sequence databases. Sequence identity (at either the amino acid or nucleotide level) within defined regions of the molecule or across the full-length sequence can be determined through sequence alignment using computer software programs such as

ALIGN, DNAstar, and INHERIT, which employ various algorithms to measure homology.

Nucleic acid having protein coding sequence may be obtained by screening selected cDNA or genomic libraries using the deduced amino acid sequence disclosed herein for the first time, and, if necessary, using conventional primer extension procedures as described in Sambrook et al, supra, to detect precursors and processing intermediates of mRNA that may not have been reverse- transcribed into cDNA.

5.2.3.2. Selection and Transformation of Host Cells Host cells are transfected or transformed with expression or cloning vectors described herein for PRO polypeptide production and cultured hi conventional nutrient media modified as appropriate for inducing promoters, selecting transformants, or amplifying the genes encoding the deshed sequences. The culture conditions, such as media, temperature, pH, and the like, can be selected by the skilled artisan without undue experimentation. In general, principles, protocols, and practical techniques for maximizing the productivity of cell cultures can be found in Mammalian Cell Biotechnology: A Practical Approach. M. Butler, ed. (IRL Press, 1991) and Sambrook et al, supra. Methods of transfection are known to the ordinarily skilled artisan, for example, CaP04 treatment and electroporation. Depending on the host cell used, transformation is performed using standard techniques appropriate to such cells. The calcium treatment employing calcium chloride, as described in Sambrook et al, supra, or electroporation is generally used for prokaryotes or other cells that contain substantial cell- wall barriers. Infection with Agrobacterium tumefaciens is used for transformation of certain plant cells, as described by Shaw et al. , Gene. 23: 315 (1983) and WO 89/05859 published 29 June 1989. For mammalian cells without such cell walls, the calcium phosphate precipitation method of Graham and van der Eb, Virology.52:456-457 (1978) canbe employed. General aspects of mammalian cell host system transformations have been described in U.S. Patent No.4,399,216. Transformations into yeast are typically carried out according to the method of Van Solingen et al, J. Bact, 130: 946 (1977) and Hsiao et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA). 76: 3829 (1979). However, other methods for introducing DNA into cells, such as by nuclear microinjection, electroporation, bacterial protoplast fusion with intact cells, or polycations, e.g., polybrene or polyornifhine, may also be used. For various techniques for transforming mammalian cells, see, eown et al, Methods in Enzymology. 185: 527-537 (1 90) and Mansour et al, Nature. 336: 348-352 (1988).

Suitable host cells for cloning or expressing the DNA in the vectors herein include prokaryote, yeast, or higher eukaryote cells. Suitable prokaryotes include, but are not limited to, eubacteria, such as Gram-negative or Gram-positive organisms, for example, Enterobacteriaceae such as E. coli. Various E. coli strains are publicly available, such as E. co/JK12 strain MM294 (ATCC 31,446); E. co/iX1776 (ATCC 31,537); £ coli strain W3110 (ATCC 27,325); and K5 772 (ATCC 53,635). Other suitable prokaryotic host cells include Enterobacteriaceae such as Escherichia, e.g., E. coli, Enterobacter, Erwinia, Klebsiella, Proteus, Salmonella, e.g., Salmonella typhimurium, Serratia, e.g., Serratia marcescans, and Shigella, as well as Bacilli such as B. subtilis and B. licheniformis (e.g.,B. licheniformis 41P disclosed in DD 266,710 published 12 April 1989), Pseudomonas such as

P. aeruginosa, and Streptomyces. These examples are illustrative ratlier than limiting. Strain W3110 is one particularly preferred host or parent host because it is a common host strain for recombinant DNA product fermentations. Preferably, the host cell secretes minimal amounts of proteolytic enzymes. For example, strain W3110 may be modified to effect a genetic mutation in the genes encoding proteins endogenous to the host, with examples of such hosts including E. coli W3110 strain 1 A2, which has the complete genotype tonA ; E. coli W3110 strain 9E4, which has the complete genotype tonA ptr3; E. coli W3110 strain 27C7 (ATCC 55,244), which has tlie complete genotype tonA ptr3 phoA E15 (argF-lac)169 degP ompTkanr; E. coli WS 110 strain 37D6, which has the complete genotype tonAptr3phoA E15 (argF-lac) 169 degP ompT rbs7ilvGkanr;E. coliW3U0 stram40B4, which is strain 37D6 with a non-kanarnycin resistant degP deletion mutation; and an E. coli strain having mutant periplasmic protease disclosed in U.S. Patent No.4,946,783 issued 7 August 1990. Alternatively, in vitro methods of cloning, e.g., PCR or other nucleic acid polymerase reactions, are suitable.

In addition to prokaryotes, eukaryotic microbes such as filamentous fungi or yeast are suitable cloning or expression hosts for vectors encoding tlie PRO polypeptide. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a commonly used lower eukaryotic host microorganism. Others include Schizosaccharomyce pombe (Beach and Nurse, Nature, 290: 140 [1981]; EP 139,383 published 2 May 1985); Kluyveromyces hosts O^.S. Patent No. 4,943,529; Fleer et al,

Bio/Technology. 9: 968-975 (1991)) such as, e.g., K. lactis (MW98-8C, CBS683, CBS4574; Louvencourt et al, J. Bacteriol. 737 [1983]), K. fragilis (ATCC 12,424), K. bulgaricus (ATCC 16,045), K. wickeramii (ATCC 24,178),ϋ waltii (ATCC 56,500), K. drosophilarum (ATCC 36,906; Van den Berg etal, Bio/Technology, 8: 135 (1990)), K. thermotolerans, and K. marxianus; yarrowia (EP 402,226); Pichiapastoris (EP 183,070; Sreekrishna et al, J. Basic Microbiol.. 28: 265-278 [1988]); Candida; Trichoderma reesia (EP 244,234); Neurospora crassa

(Case et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 76: 5259-5263 [1979]); Schwanniomyces such as Schwanniomyces occidentalis (EP 394,538 published 31 October 1990); and filamentous fungi such as, e.g., Neurospora, Penicillium, Tolypocladium (WO 91/00357 published 10 January 1991), and Aspergillus hosts such as A. nidulαns (Ballance et αl, Biochem. Biophvs. Res. Commun.. 112: 284-289 [1983]; Tilburn et αl., Gene. 26: 205-221 [1983]; Yelton et αl, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 81: 1470-1474 [1984]) and A. niger (Kelly and Hynes, EMBO J., 4: 475-479

[1985]). Methylotropic yeasts are suitable herein and include, but are not limited to, yeast capable of growth on methanol selected from the genera consisting of Hαnsenulα, Candida, Kloeckera, Pichia, Saccharomyces, Torulopsis, and Rhodotorula. A list of specific species that are exemplary of this class of yeasts maybe found in C. Anthony, The Biochemistry of Methylotrophs. 269 (1982).

Suitable host cells for the expression of nucleic acid encoding glycosylated PRO polypeptides are derived from multicellular organisms. Examples of invertebrate cells include insect cells such as Drosophila S2 and Spodoptera Sf9, as well as plant cells. Examples of useful mammalian host cell lines include Chinese hamster ovary

(CHO) and COS cells. More specific examples include monkey kidney CV1 line transformed by SV40 (COS-7, ATCC CRL 1651); human embryonic kidney line (293 or 293 cells subcloned for growth hi suspension culture, Graham et a/.. J. Gen. Virol..36: 59 (1977)); Chinese hamster ovary cellsADHFR (CHO, Urlaub and Chasin, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 77:4216 (1980)); mouse sertoli cells (TM4, Mather, Biol. Reprod.. 23:243-251 (1980)); human lung cells (W138, ATCC CCL 75); human liver cells (Hep G2, HB 8065); and mouse mammary tumor

(MMT 060562, ATCC CCL51). The selection of the appropriate host cell is deemed to be within the skill in the art.

5.2.3.3. Selection and Use of a Replicable Vector The nucleic acid (e.g., cDNA or genomic DNA) encoding the PRO polypeptide may be inserted into a replicable vector for cloning (amplification of the DNA) or for expression. Various vectors are publicly available.

The vector may, for example, be in the form ofa plasmid, cosmid, viral particle, or phage. The appropriate nucleic acid sequence may be inserted into the vector by a variety of procedures. In general, DNA is inserted into an appropriate restriction endonuclease site(s) using techniques known in the art. Vector components generally include, but are not limited to, one or more of a signal sequence if the sequence is to be secreted, an origin of replication, one or more marker genes, an enhancer element, a promoter, and a transcription termination sequence.

Construction of suitable vectors containing one or more of these components employs standard ligation techniques that are known to the skilled artisan.

The PRO polypeptide may be produced recombinantly not only directly, but also as a fusion polypeptide with a heterologous polypeptide, which may be a signal sequence or other polypeptide having a specific cleavage site at the N-terminus of the mature protein or polypeptide. In general, the signal sequence may be a component of the vector, or it may be a part of the DNA encoding the PRO polypeptide that is inserted into the vector. The signal sequence may be a prokaryotic signal sequence selected, for example, from the group of the alkaline phosphatase, penicillinase, lpp, or heat-stable enterotoxin II leaders. For yeast secretion the signal sequence may be, e.g., the yeast invertase leader, alpha factor leader (including Saccharomyces and Kluyveromyces α-factor leaders, the latter describedi U.S. PatentNo.5,010,182), or acid phosphatase leader, the C α/όz'c<ms glucoamylase leader (EP 362, 179 published 4 April 1990), or the signal described in WO 90/13646 published 15 November 1990.

In mammalian cell expression, mammalian signal sequences may be used to direct secretion of the protein, such as signal sequences from secreted polypeptides of the same or related species, as well as viral secretory leaders.

Both expression and cloning vectors contain a nucleic acid sequence that enables the vector to replicate in one or more selected host cells. Such sequences are well known for a variety of bacteria, yeast, and viruses. The origin of replication from the plasmid ρBR322 is suitable for most Gram-negative bacteria, the 2μ plasmid origin is suitable for yeast, and various viral origins (SV40, polyoma, adenovims, VSV, or BPV) are useful for cloning vectors in mammalian cells.

Expression and cloning vectors will typically contain a selection gene, also termed a selectable marker. Typical selection genes encode proteins that (a) confer resistance to antibiotics or other toxins, e.g., ampicillin, neomycin, methotrexate, or tetracycline, (b) complement auxotrophic deficiencies, or (c) supply critical nutrients not available from complex media, e.g., the gene encoding D-alanine racemase for Bacilli.

An example of suitable selectable markers for mammalian cells are those that enable the identification of cells competent to take up the nucleic acid encoding the PRO polypeptide such as DHFR or thymidine kinase. An appropriate host cell when wild-type DHFR is employed is the CHO cell line deficient in DHFR activity, prepared and propagated as described by Urlaub et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 77: 4216 (1980). A suitable selection gene for use in yeast is the trpl gene present in the yeastplasmidYRp7. Stinchcomb et al.. Nature.282: 39 (1979); Kingsman et al. , Gene, 7: 141 (1979); Tschemper etal. Gene, 10: 157 (1980). The trpl gene provides a selection marker for a mutant strain of yeast lacking the ability to grow in tryptophan, for example, ATCC No. 44076 or PEP4-1. Jones, Genetics, 85: 12 (1977). Expression and cloning vectors usually contain a promoter operably linked to the nucleic acid sequence encoding the PRO polypeptide to direct mRNA synthesis. Promoters recognized by a variety of potential host cells are well known. Promoters suitable for use with prokaryotic hosts include the β-lactamase and lactose promoter systems (Chang et al, Nature. 275: 615 (1978); Goeddel et al, Nature, 281: 544 (1979)), alkaline phosphatase, a tryptophan (trp) promoter system (Goeddel, Nucleic Acids Res..8: 4057 (1980); EP 36,776), and hybrid promoters such as the tac promoter (deBoer et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 80: 21-25 (1983)). Promoters for use in bacterial systems also will contain a Shine-Dalgarno (S.D.) sequence operably linked to the DNA encoding the PRO polypeptide.

Examples of suitable promoting sequences for use with yeast hosts include the promoters for 3- phosphoglycerate kinase (Hitzeman et al, J. Biol. Chem..255: 2073 (1980)) or other glycolytic enzymes (Hess et al. J. Adv. Enzyme Reg..7: 149 (1968); Holland, Biochemistry. 17: 4900 (1978)), such as enolase, glyceraldehyde-

3-phosphate dehydrogenase, hexokinase, pyruvate decarboxylase, phosphoffuctokinase, glucose-6-phosphate isomerase, 3 -phosphoglycerate mutase, pyruvate kinase, triosephosphate isomerase, phosphoglucose isomerase, and glucokinase.

Other yeast promoters that are inducible promoters having the additional advantage of transcription controlled by growth conditions are the promoter regions for alcohol dehydrogenase 2, isocytochrome C, acid phosphatase, degradative enzymes associated with nitrogen metabolism, metallothionein, glyceraldehyde-3 -phosphate dehydrogenase, and enzymes responsible for maltose and galactose utilization. Suitable vectors and promoters for use in yeast expression are further described in EP 73,657.

PRO nucleic acid transcription from vectors in mammalian host cells is controlled, for example, by promoters obtained from the genomes of viruses such as polyoma virus, fowlpox virus (UK 2,211,504 published

5 July 1989), adenovims (such as Adenovirus 2), bovine papilloma virus, avian sarcoma virus, cytomegalovirus, aretrovirus, hepatitis-B virus, and Simian Virus 40 (SV40); by heterologous mammalian promoters, e.g., the actin promoter or an immunoglobulin promoter; and by heat-shock promoters, provided such promoters are compatible with the host cell systems.

Transcription ofa DNA encoding the PRO polypeptide by higher eukaryotes may be increased by inserting an enhancer sequence into the vector. Enhancers are cis-acting elements of DNA, usually about from 10 to 300 bp, that act on a promoter to increase its transcription. Many enhancer sequences are now known from mammalian genes (globin, elastase, albumin, α-fetoprotein, and insulin). Typically, however, one will use an enhancer from a eukaryotic cell virus. Examples include the SV40 enhancer on the late side of tlie replication origin (bp 100-270), the cytomegalovirus early promoter enhancer, the polyoma enhancer on the late side of the replication origin, and adenovirus enhancers. The enhancer may be spliced into the vector at a position 5' or 3 ' to the sequence coding for PRO polypeptides, but is preferably located at a site 5' from the promoter.

Expression vectors used in eukaryotic host cells (yeast, fungi, insect, plant, animal, human, or nucleated cells from other multicellular organisms) will also contain sequences necessary for the termination of transcription and for stabilizing the mRNA. Such sequences are commonly available from the 5' and, occasionally 3', untranslated regions of eukaryotic or vhal DNAs or cDNAs. These regions contain nucleotide segments transcribed as polyadenylated fragments hi the untranslated portion of tlie mRNA encoding the PRO polypeptide.

Still other methods, vectors, and host cells suitable for adaptation to the synthesis of the PRO polypeptide in recombinant vertebrate cell culture are described in Gething et al, Nature. 293: 620-625 (1981); Mantei et al, Nature. 281: 40-46 (1979); EP 117,060; and EP 117,058.

5.2.3.4. Detecting Gene Amplification/Expression Gene amplification and/or expression may be measured in a sample dhectly, for example, by conventional

Southern blotting, Northern blotting to quantitate the transcription of mRNA (Thomas, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 77:5201-5205 (1980)), dot blotting (DNA analysis), or in situ hybridization, using an appropriately labeled probe, based on the sequences provided herein. Alternatively, antibodies may be employed that can recognize specific duplexes, including DNA duplexes, RNA duplexes, and DNA-RNA hybrid duplexes or DNA-protein duplexes. The antibodies in turn may be labeled and the assay may be carried out where the duplex is bound to a surface, so that upon the formation of duplex on the surface, the presence of antibody bound to the duplex can be detected.

Gene expression, alternatively, may be measured by immunological methods, such as immunohistochemical staining of cells or tissue sections and assay of cell culture or body fluids, to quantitate dhectly the expression of gene product. Antibodies useful for immunohistochemical staining and/or assay of sample fluids may be either monoclonal or polyclonal, and may be prepared in any mammal. Conveniently, the antibodies may be prepared against a native-sequence PRO polypeptide or against a synthetic peptide based on the DNA sequences provided herein or against exogenous sequence fused to DNA encoding the PRO polypeptide and encoding a specific antibody epitope.

5.2.3.5. Purification of PRO Polypeptides Forms of PRO polypeptides may be recovered from culture medium or from host cell lysates. If membrane-bound, it can be released from the membrane using a suitable detergent solution (e.g., TRITON-X™ 100) or by enzymatic cleavage. Cells employed in expression of nucleic acid encoding the PRO polypeptide can be disrupted by various physical or chemical means, such as freeze-thaw cycling, sonication, mechanical disruption, or cell-lysing agents. It may be deshed to purify tlie PRO polypeptide from recombinant cell proteins or polypeptides. The following procedures are exemplary of suitable purification procedures: by fractionation on an ion-exchange column; ethanol precipitation; reverse phase HPLC; chromatography on silica or on a cation-exchange resin such as DEAE; chromatofocusing; SDS-PAGE; ammonium sulfate precipitation; gel filtration using, for example, Sephadex G-75; protein A Sepharose columns to remove contaminants such as IgG; and metal chelating columns to bind epitope-tagged forms of the PRO polypeptide. Various methods of protein purification may be employed and such methods are known in the art and described, for example, in Deutscher, Methods in

Enzymology, 182 (19901; Scopes. Protein Purification: Principles and Practice (Springer- Verlag: New York, 1982). The purification steρ(s) selected will depend, for example, on the nature of the production process used and the particular PRO polypeptide produced.

5.2.4. Uses of PRO Polypeptides 5.2.4.1. Assays for Cardiovascular, Endothelial. and Angiogenic Activity

Various assays can be used to test the polypeptide herein for cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic activity. Such assays include those provided in the Examples below.

Assays for testing for endothelin antagonist activity, as disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,773,414, include a rat heart ventricle binding assay where the polypeptide is tested for its ability to inhibit iodinized endothelin- 1 binding in a receptor assay, an endothelin receptor binding assay testing for intact cell binding of radiolabeled endothelin- 1 using rabbit renal artery vascular smooth muscle cells, an inositol phosphate accumulation assay where functional activity is determined in Rat-1 cells by measuring intra-cellular levels of second messengers, an arachidonic acid release assay that measures the ability of added compounds to reduce endothelin-stimulated arachidonic acid release in cultured vascular smooth muscles, in vitro (isolated vessel) studies using endothelium from male New Zealand rabbits, and in vivo studies using male Sprague-Dawley rats.

Assays for tissue generation activity include, without limitation, those described in WO 95/16035 (bone, cartilage, tendon); WO 95/05846 (nerve, neuronal), and WO 91/07491 (skin, endothelium).

Assays for wound-healing activity include, for example, those described in Winter, Epidermal Wound Healing, Maibach, HI and Rovee, DT, eds. (Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., Chicago), pp.71- 112, as modified by the article of Eaglstein and Mertz, J. Invest. Dermatol.. 71: 382-384 (1978).

An assay to screen for a test molecule relating to a PRO polypeptide that binds an endothelin Bj (ETB,) receptor polypeptide and modulates signal transduction activity involves providing a host cell transformed with a DNA encoding endothelin B, receptor polypeptide, exposing the cells to the test candidate, and measuring endothelin B: receptor signal transduction activity, as described, e.g., in U.S. Pat. No. 5,773,223. There are several cardiac hypertrophy assays. In vitro assays include induction of spreading of adult rat cardiac myocytes. In this assay, ventricular myocytes are isolated from a single (male Sprague-Dawley) rat, essentially following a modification of the procedure described in detail by Piper et al. , "Adult ventricular rat heart muscle cells" in Cell Culture Techniques in Heart and Vessel Research. H.M. Piper, ed. (Berlin: Springer- Verlag, 1990), pp. 36-60. This procedure permits the isolation of adult ventricular myocytes and the long-term culture of these cells in the rod-shaped phenotype. Phenylephrine and Prostaglandin F2ct (PGF) have been shown to induce a spreading response in these adult cells. The inliibition of myocyte spreading induced by PGF2„ or PGF analogs

(e.g., fluprostenol) and phenylephrine by various potential inhibitors of cardiac hypertrophy is then tested.

One example of an in vivo assay is a test for inhibiting cardiac hypertrophy induced by fluprostenol in vivo. This pharmacological model tests tlie ability of the PRO polypeptide to inhibit cardiac hypertrophy induced in rats (e.g., male Wistar or Sprague-Dawley) by subcutaneous injection of fluprostenol (an agonist analog of PGF2lI). It is known that rats with pathologic cardiac hypertrophy induced by myocardial infarction have chronically elevated levels of extractable PGF2o in their myocardium. Lai et al, Am. J. Physiol. (Heart Che. Physiol.). 271: H2197- H2208 (1996). Accordingly, factors that can inhibit the effects of fluprostenol on myocardial growth in vivo are potentially useful for treating cardiac hypertrophy. The effects of the PRO polypeptide on cardiac hypertrophy are determined by measuring the weight of heart, ventricles, and left ventricle (normalized by body weight) relative to fluprostenol-treated rats not receiving the PRO polypeptide.

Another example of an in vivo assay is the pressure-overload cardiac hypertrophy assay. For in vivo testing it is common to induce pressure-overload cardiac hypertrophy by constriction of the abdominal aorta of test animals. In a typical protocol, rats (e.g., male Wistar or Sprague-Dawley) are treated under anesthesia, and the abdominal aorta of each rat is narrowed down just below the diaphragm. Beznak M., Can. J. Biochem. Physiol.. 33: 985-94 (1955). The aorta is exposed through a surgical incision, and a blunted needle is placed next to the vessel. The aorta is constricted with a ligature of silk thread around the needle, which is immediately removed and which reduces the lumen of the aorta to the diameter of the needle. This approach is described, for example, in Rossi et al, Am. Heart J.. 124: 700-709 (1992) and O'Rourke and Reibel, P.S.E.M.B.. 200: 95-100 (1992).

In yet another in vivo assay, the effect on cardiac hypertrophy following experimentally induced myocardial infarction (MI) is measured. Acute MI is induced in rats by left coronary artery ligation and confirmed by electrocardiographic examination. A sham-operated group of animals is also prepared as control animals. Earlier data have shown that cardiac hypertrophy is present in the group of animals with MI, as evidenced by an 18% increase in heart weight-to-body weight ratio. Lai et al, supra. Treatment of these animals with candidate blockers of cardiac hypertrophy, e.g., the PRO polypeptide, provides valuable information about the therapeutic potential of the candidates tested. One furtlier such assay test for induction of cardiac hypertrophy is disclosed in

U.S. Pat. No. 5,773,415, using Sprague-Dawley rats.

For cancer, a variety of well-known animal models can be used to further understand the role of the genes identified herehi in the development and pathogenesis of tumors, and to test the efficacy of candidate therapeutic agents, including antibodies and other antagonists of native PRO polypeptides, such as small-molecule antagonists. The in vivo nature of such models makes them particularly predictive of responses in human patients. Animal models of tumors and cancers (e.g., breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, etc.) include both non-recombinant and recombinant (transgenic) animals. Non-recombinant animal models include, for example, rodent, e.g., murine models. Such models can be generated by introducing tumor cells into syngeneic mice using standard techniques, e.g., subcutaneous injection, tail vein injection, spleen implantation, intraperitoneal implantation, implantation under tlie renal capsule, or orthopin implantation, e.g., colon cancer cells implanted in colonic tissue. See, e.g., PCT publication No. WO 97/33551, published September 18, 1997. Probably the most often used animal species in oncological studies are immunodeficient mice and, in particular, nude mice. The observation that the nude mouse with thymic hypo/aplasia could successfully act as a host for human tumor xenografts has lead to its widespread use for this purpose. The autosomal recessive nu gene has been introduced into a very large number of distinct congenic strains of nude mouse, including, for example, ASW, A/He, AKR, BALB/c, B10.LP, C17, C3H, C57BL, C57, CBA, DBA, DDD, list, NC, NFR, NFS, NFS N, NZB, NZC, NZW, P, Rffl, and S JL. In addition, a wide variety of other animals with inherited immunological defects other than the nude mouse have been bred and used as recipients of tumor xenografts. For further details see, e.g., The Nude Mouse in Oncology Research. E. Boven and B. Winograd, eds. (CRC Press, Inc., 1991).

The cells introduced into such animals can be derived from known tumor/cancer cell lines, such as any of tlie above-listed tumor cell lines, and, for example, the B 104- 1-1 cell line (stable NIH-3T3 cell line transfected with the neu protooncogene); ras-transfected NIH-3T3 cells; Caco-2 (ATCC HTB-37); or a moderately well- differentiated grade II human colon adenocarcinoma cell line, HT-29 (ATCC HTB-38); or from tumors and cancers. Samples of tumor or cancer cells can be obtained from patients undergoing surgery, using standard conditions involving freezing and storing in liquid nitrogen. Karmali et al, Br. J. Cancer, 48: 689-696 (1983).

Tumor cells can be introduced into animals such as nude mice by a variety of procedures. The subcutaneous (s.c.) space in mice is very suitable for tumor implantation. Tumors can be transplanted s.c. as solid blocks, as needle biopsies by use ofa trochar, or as cell suspensions. For solid-block or trochar implantation, tumor tissue fragments of suitable size are introduced into the s.c. space. Cell suspensions are freshly prepared from primary tumors or stable tumor cell lines, and injected subcutaneously. Tumor cells can also be injected as subdermal implants. In this location, the inoculum is deposited between tlie lower part of the dermal connective tissue and the s.c. tissue.

Animal models of breast cancer can be generated, for example, by implanting rat neuroblastoma cells (from which the neu oncogene was initially isolated), or new-transformed NIH-3T3 cells into nude mice, essentially as described by Drebin et al. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 83: 9129-9133 (1986).

Similarly, animal models of colon cancer can be generated by passaging colon cancer cells in animals, e.g. , nude mice, leading to the appearance of tumors in these animals. An orthotopic transplant model of human colon cancer in nude mice has been described, for example, by Wang et al, Cancer Research, 54: 4726-4728 (1994) and Too et al, Cancer Research. 55: 681-684 (1995). This model is based on the so-called "METAMOUSE™" sold by AntiCancer, Inc., (San Diego, California).

Tumors that arise in animals canbe removed and cultured in vitro. Cells from tlie in vitro cultures can then be passaged to animals. Such tumors can serve as targets for further testing or drug screening. Alternatively, the tumors resulting from the passage can be isolated and RNA from pre-passage cells and cells isolated after one or more rounds of passage analyzed for differential expression of genes of interest. Such passaging techniques can be performed with any known tumor or cancer cell lines.

For example, Meth A, CMS4, CMS5, CMS21, and WEHI-164 are chemically induced fibrosarcomas of BALB/c female mice (DeLeo et al, J. Exp. Med., 146: 720 (1977)), which provide a highly controllable model system for studying the anti-tumor activities of various agents. Palladino et al, J. Immunol.. 138: 4023-4032 (1987). Briefly, tumor cells are propagated in vitro in cell culture. Prior to injection into the animals, the cell lines are washed and suspended in buffer, at a cell density of about lOxlO6 to 10xl07 cells/ml. The animals are then infected subcutaneously with 10 to 100 μl of the cell suspension, allowing one to three weeks for a tumor to appear. In addition, the Lewis lung (3LL) carcinoma of mice, which is one of the most thoroughly studied experimental tumors, can be used as an investigational tumor model. Efficacy in this tumor model has been correlated with beneficial effects in the treatment of human patients diagnosed with small-cell carcinoma of the lung

(SCCL). This tumor can be introduced in normal mice upon injection of tumor fragments from an affected mouse or of cells maintained h culture. Zupi et al, Br. J. Cancer.41: suppl.4, 30 (1980). Evidence indicates that tumors can be started from injection of even a single cell and that a very high proportion of infected tumor cells survive. For further information about this tumor model see, Zacharski, Haemostasis. 16: 300-320 (1986). One way of evaluating the efficacy ofa test compound in an animal model with an implanted tumor is to measure tlie size of the tumor before and after treatment. Traditionally, the size of implanted tumors has been measured with a slide caliper in two or three dimensions. The measure limited to two dimensions does not accurately reflect the size of the tumor; therefore, it is usually converted into the corresponding volume by using a mathematical formula. However, the measurement of tumor size is very inaccurate. The therapeutic effects of a drug candidate can be better described as treatment-induced growth delay and specific growth delay. Another

, important variable in the description of tumor growth is the tumor volume doubling time. Computer programs for the calculation and description of tumor growth are also available, such as the program reported by Rygaard and

Spang-Thomsen. Proc.6th Int. Workshop on Immune-Deficient Animals. Wu and Sheng eds. (Basel, 1989), p.301.

It is noted, however, that necrosis and inflammatory responses following treatment may actually result hi an increase in tumor size, at least initially. Therefore, these changes need to be carefully monitored, by a combination ofa morphometric method and flow cytometric analysis.

Further, recombinant (transgenic) animal models can be engineered by introducing the coding portion of the PRO gene identified herein into the genome of animals of interest, using standard techniques for producing transgenic animals. Animals that can serve as a target for transgenic manipulation include, without limitation, mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, goats, pigs, and non-human primates, e.g., baboons, chimpanzees and monkeys. Techniques known in the art to introduce a transgene into such animals include pronucleic microinjection (U.S. Patent No. 4,873,191); retrovirus-mediated gene transfer into germ lines (e.g., Van der Putten et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 82: 6148-615 (1985)); gene targeting in embryonic stem cells (Thompson et al, Cell. 56: 313-321 (1989)'): electroporation ofembrvos fLo. Mol. Cell. Biol..3: 1803-1814 (1983')'); and sperm-mediated gene transfer. Lavitrano et al, Cell, 57: 717-73 (1989). For a review, see for example, U.S. Patent No. 4,736,866.

For the purpose of the present invention, transgenic animals include those that carry the transgene only in part of their cells ("mosaic animals"). The transgene can be integrated either as a single transgene, or in concatamers, e.g. , head-to-head or head-to-tail tandems. Selective introduction ofa transgene into a particular cell type is also possible by following, for example, the technique of Lasko et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA.89: 6232- 636 (1992). The expression of the transgene in transgenic animals can be monitored by standard techniques. For example, Southern blot analysis or PCR amplification can be used to verify the integration of the transgene. The level of mRNA expression can then be analyzed using techniques such as in situ hybridization, Northern blot analysis, PCR, or irnmunocytochemistry. The animals are furtlier examined for signs of tumor or cancer development.

Alternatively, "knock-out" animals can be constructed that have a defective or altered gene encoding a PRO polypeptide identified herein, as a result of homologous recombination between the endogenous gene encoding the PRO polypeptide and altered genomic DNA encoding the same polypeptide introduced hito an embryonic cell of the animal. For example, cDNA encoding a particular PRO polypeptide can be used to clone genomic DNA encoding that polypeptide in accordance with established techniques. A portion of the genomic DNA encoding a particular PRO polypeptide can be deleted or replaced with another gene, such as a gene encoding a selectable marker that can be used to monitor integration. Typically, several kilobases of unaltered flanking DNA (both at the 5' and 3' ends) are included in the vector. See, e.g. , Thomas and Capecchi, Cell.51: 503 (1987) for a description of homologous recombination vectors. The vector is introduced into an embryonic stem cell line (e.g., by electroporation) and cells in which the introduced DNA has homologously recombined with the endogenous DNA are selected. See, e.g., Li et al, Cell, 69: 915 (1992). The selected cells are then injected into a blastocyst of an animal (e.g. , a mouse or rat) to form aggregation chimeras. See, e.g. , Bradley, in Teratocarcinomas and Embryonic Stem Cells: A Practical Approach. E. J. Robertson, ed. (IRL: Oxford, 1987), pp. 113-152. A chimeric embryo can then be implanted into a suitable pseudopregnant female foster animal and the embryo brought to term to create a "knock-out" animal. Progeny harbor ig the homologously recombined DNA in their germ cells can be identified by standard techniques and used to breed animals in which all cells of the animal contain the homologously recombined DNA. Knockout animals can be characterized, for instance, by then ability to defend against certain pathological conditions and by their development of pathological conditions due to absence of the PRO polypeptide.

The efficacy of antibodies specifically binding the PRO polypeptides identified herein, and other drug candidates, can be tested also in the treatment of spontaneous animal tumors. A suitable target for such studies is the feline oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Feline oral SCC is a highly invasive, malignant tumor that is the most common oral malignancy of cats, accounting for over 60% of the oral tumors reported in this species. It rarely metastasizes to distant sites, although this low incidence of metastasis may merely be a reflection of the short survival times for cats with this tumor. These tumors are usually not amenable to surgery, primarily because of the anatomy of the feline oral cavity. At present, there is no effective treatment for this tumor. Prior to entry into the study, each cat undergoes complete clinical examination and biopsy, and is scanned by computed tomography (CT) . Cats diagnosed with sublingual oral squamous cell tumors are excluded from the study. The tongue can become paralyzed as a result of such tumor, and even if the treatment kills the tumor, the animals may not be able to feed themselves. Each cat is treated repeatedly, over a longer period of time. Photographs of the tumors will be taken daily during the treatment period, and at each subsequent recheck. After treatment, each cat undergoes another CT scan. CT scans and thoracic radiograms are evaluated every 8 weeks thereafter. The data are evaluated for differences in survival, response, and toxicity as compared to control groups. Positive response may require evidence of tumor regression, preferably with improvement of quality of life and/or increased life span.

In addition, other spontaneous animal tumors, such as fibrosarcoma, adenocarcinoma, lymphoma, chondroma, or leiomyosarcoma of dogs, cats, and baboons can also be tested. Of these, mammary adenocarcinoma in dogs and cats is a preferred model as its appearance and behavior are very similar to those in humans. However, the use of this model is limited by the rare occurrence of this type of tumor in animals.

Other in vitro and in vivo cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic tests known in the art are also suitable herein.

5.2.4.2. Tissue Distribution

The results of the cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic assays herein can be verified by further studies, such as by determining mRNA expression in various human tissues.

As noted before, gene amplification and/or gene expression in various tissues may be measured by conventional Southern blotting, Northern blotting to quantitate the transcription of mRNA (Thomas, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA.77:5201-5205 (1980)), dot blotting (DNA analysis), or in situ hybridization, using an appropriately labeled probe, based on the sequences provided herein. Alternatively, antibodies may be employed that can recognize specific duplexes, including DNA duplexes, RNA duplexes, and DNA-RNA hybrid duplexes or DNA-protein duplexes.

Gene expression in various tissues, alternatively, may be measured by immunological methods, such as immunohistochemical staining of tissue sections and assay of cell culture or body fluids, to quantitate dhectly the expression of gene product. Antibodies useful for immunohistochemical staining and/or assay of sample fluids may be either monoclonal or polyclonal, and may be prepared in any mammal. Conveniently, the antibodies may be prepared against a native-sequence PRO polypeptide or against a synthetic peptide based on tlie DNA sequences provided herein or against exogenous sequence fused to PRO DNA and encoding a specific antibody epitope. General techniques for generating antibodies, and special protocols for in situ hybridization are provided hereinbelow.

5.2.4.3. Antibody Binding Studies

The results of the cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic study can be further verified by antibody binding studies, in which the ability of anti-PRO antibodies to inhibit the effect of the PRO polypeptides on endothelial cells or other cells used in the cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic assays is tested. Exemplary antibodies include polyclonal, monoclonal, humanized, bispecific, and heteroconjugate antibodies, the preparation of which will be described hereinbelow.

Antibody binding studies may be carried out in any known assay method, such as competitive binding assays, direct and indirect sandwich assays, and immunoprecipitation assays. Zola, Monoclonal Antibodies: A Manual of Techniques (CRC Press, Inc., 1987), pp.147-158. Competitive binding assays rely on the ability ofa labeled standard to compete with the test sample analyte for binding with a limited amount of antibody. The amount of target protein in the test sample is inversely proportional to the amount of standard that becomes bound to the antibodies. To facilitate determining the amount of standard that becomes bound, the antibodies preferably are insolubilized before or after the competition, so that the standard and analyte that are bound to the antibodies may conveniently be separated from tlie standard and analyte that remain unbound.

Sandwich assays involve tlie use of two antibodies, each capable of binding to a different immunogenic portion, or epitope, of the protein to be detected. In a sandwich assay, the test sample analyte is bound by a first antibody that is immobilized on a solid support, and thereafter a second antibody binds to the analyte, thus forming an insoluble three-part complex. See, e.g., U.S. Pat. No. 4,376,110. The second antibody may itself be labeled with a detectable moiety (direct sandwich assays) or may be measured using an anti- immunoglobulin antibody that is labeled with a detectable moiety (indirect sandwich assay) . For example, one type of sandwich assay is an ELISA assay, in which case the detectable moiety is an enzyme.

For immunohistochemistry, the tissue sample may be fresh or frozen or may be embedded in paraffin and fixed with a preservative such as formalin, for example.

5.2.4.4. Cell-Based Tumor Assays Cell-based assays and animal models for cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic disorders, such as tumors, can be used to verify tlie findings ofa cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic assay herein, and furtlier to understand the relationship between the genes identified herein and the development and pathogenesis of undesirable cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic cell growtli. The role of gene products identified herein in the development and pathology of undesirable cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic cell growth, e.g., tumor cells, can be tested by using cells or cells lines that have been identified as being stimulated or inhibited by the PRO polypeptide herein. Such cells include, for example, those set forth in the Examples below.

In a different approach, cells ofa cell type known to be involved in a particular cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic disorder are transfected with the cDNAs herein, and the ability of these cDNAs to induce excessive growth or inhibit growtli is analyzed. If the cardiovascular, endotlielial, and angiogenic disorder is cancer, suitable tumor cells include, for example, stable tumor cell lines such as the B 104-1-1 cell line (stable NIH-3T3 cell line transfected with the neu protooncogene) and ras-transfected NIH-3T3 cells, which can be transfected with the desired gene and monitored for tumorigenic growth. Such transfected cell lines can then be used to test the ability of poly- or monoclonal antibodies or antibody compositions to inhibit tumorigenic cell growth by exerting cytostatic or cytotoxic activity on the growth of the transformed cells, or by mediating antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC). Cells transfected with the coding sequences of the genes identified herein can further be used to identify drug candidates for the treatment of cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic disorders such as cancer.

In addition, primary cultures derived from tumors in transgenic animals (as described above) can be used in the cell-based assays herein, although stable cell lines are preferred. Techniques to derive continuous cell lines from transgenic animals are well known in the art. See, e.g., Small et al, Mol. Cell. Biol. 5: 642-648 (1985). 5.2.4.5. Gene Therapy Described below are methods and compositions whereby disease symptoms may be ameliorated. Certain diseases are brought about, at least in part, by an excessive level of gene product, or by the presence of a gene product exhibiting an abnormal or excessive activity. As such, the reduction hi the level and/or activity of such gene products would bring about the amelioration of such disease symptoms.

Alternatively, certain other diseases are brought about, at least in part, by the absence or reduction of the level of gene expression, or a reduction hi the level ofa gene product's activity. As such, an increase in the level of gene expression and/or the activity of such gene products would bring about the amelioration of such disease symptoms. In some cases, tlie up-regulation ofa gene hi a disease state reflects a protective role for that gene product in responding to the disease condition. Enhancement of such a target gene's expression, or the activity of the target gene product, will reinforce the protective effect it exerts. Some disease states may result from an abnormally low level of activity of such a protective gene. In these cases also, an increase in the level of gene expression and/or the activity of such gene products would bring about the amelioration of such disease symptoms. The PRO polypeptides described herein and polypeptidyl agonists and antagonists may be employed in accordance with the present invention by expression of such polypeptides in vivo, which is often referred to as gene therapy.

There are two major approaches to getting the nucleic acid (optionally contained in a vector) into the patient's cells: in vivo and ex vivo. For in vivo delivery die nucleic acid is injected dhectly into the patient, usually at the sites where the PRO polypeptide is required, i.e., tlie site of synthesis of the PRO polypeptide, if known, and the site (e.g., wound) where biological activity of the PRO polypeptide is needed. For ex vivo treatment, the patient's cells are removed, the nucleic acid is introduced into these isolated cells, and the modified cells are administered to the patient either dhectly or, for example, encapsulated withinporous membranes that are implanted into the patient (see, e.g., U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,892,538 and 5,283,187). There are a variety of techniques available for introducing nucleic acids into viable cells. The techniques vary depending upon whether tlie nucleic acid is transferred into cultured cells in vitro, or transferred in vivo in the cells of the intended host. Techniques suitable for the transfer of nucleic acid into mammalian cells in vitro include tlie use of liposomes, electroporation, microinjection, transduction, cell fusion, DEAE-dextran, the calcium phosphate precipitation method, etc. Transduction involves the association of a replication-defective, recombinant viral (preferably retroviral) particle with a cellular receptor, followed by introduction of the nucleic acids contained by tlie particle into the cell. A commonly used vector for ex vivo delivery of the gene is a retrovims.

The currently preferred in vivo nucleic acid transfer techniques include transfection with vhal or non- viral vectors (such as adenovims, lentiviras, Herpes simplex I vims, or adeno-associated vims (AAV)) and lipid-based systems (useful lipids for lipid-mediated transfer of the gene are, for example, DOTMA, DOPE, and DC-Choi; see, e.g., Tonkinson et al, Cancer Investigation. 14(1): 54-65 (1996)). The most preferred vectors for use in gene therapy are viruses, most preferably adenoviruses, AAV, lentiviruses, or retroviruses. A vhal vector such as a retrovkal vector includes at least one transcriptional promoter/enhancer or locus-defining element(s), or other elements that control gene expression by other means such as alternate splicing, nuclear RNA export, or post-translational modification of messenger. In addition, a vhal vector such as a retrovkal vector includes a nucleic acid molecule that, when transcribed in tlie presence ofa gene encoding the PRO polypeptide, is operably linked thereto and acts as a translation initiation sequence. Such vector constructs also include a packaging signal, long terminal repeats (LTRs) or portions thereof, and positive and negative strand primer binding sites appropriate to the vims used (if these are not already present in tlie vkal vector). In addition, such vector typically includes a signal sequence for secretion of the PRO polypeptide from a host cell in which it is placed. Preferably the signal sequence for this purpose is a mammalian signal sequence, most preferably the native signal sequence for the PRO polypeptide. Optionally, the vector constmct may also include a signal that dkects polyadenylation, as well as one or more restriction sites and a translation termination sequence. By way of example, such vectors will typically include a 5' LTR, a tRNA binding site, apackaging signal, an origin of second-strand DNA synthesis, and a 3' LTR or a portion thereof. Other vectors can be used that are non-vkal, such as cationic lipids, polylysine, and dendrimers.

In some situations, it is deskable to provide the nucleic acid source with an agent that targets the target cells, such as an antibody specific for a cell-surface membrane protein or the target cell, a ligand for a receptor on the target cell, etc. Where liposomes are employed, proteins that bind to a cell-surface membrane protein associated with endocytosis may be used for targeting and/or to facilitate uptake, e.g., capsid proteins or fragments tliereof tropic for a particular cell type, antibodies for proteins that undergo intemalization in cycling, and proteins that target intracellular localization and enhance intracellular half- life. The teclmique of receptor-mediated endocytosis is described, for example, by Wu et al , J. Biol. Chem..262: 4429-4432 ( 1987) ; and Wagner et al , Proc. Natl. Acad¬

Sci. USA. 87: 3410-3414 (1990). For a review of tlie currently known gene marking and gene therapy protocols, see, Anderson et al, Science. 256: 808-813 (1992). See also WO 93/25673 and the references cited therein.

Suitable gene therapy and meuiods for making retrovkal particles and structural proteins can be found in, e.g., U.S. Pat. No. 5,681,746.

5.2.4.6. Use of Gene as a Diagnostic

This invention is also related to the use of tlie gene encoding the PRO polypeptide as a diagnostic. Detection ofa mutated form of the PRO polypeptide will allow a diagnosis ofa cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic disease or a susceptibility to a cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic disease, such as a tumor, since mutations in the PRO polypeptide may cause tumors. Individuals carrying mutations in the genes encoding a human PRO polypeptide may be detected at the

DNA level by a variety of techniques. Nucleic acids for diagnosis may be obtained from a patient's cells, such as from blood, urine, saliva, tissue biopsy, and autopsy material. The genomic DNA may be used dkectly for detection or may be amplified enzymatically by using PCR (Saiki et al, Nature.324: 163- 166 (1986)) prior to analysis. RNA or cDNA may also be used for tlie same purpose. As an example, PCR primers complementary to the nucleic acid encoding the PRO polypeptide can be used to identify and analyze the PRO polypeptide mutations. For example, deletions and insertions can be detected by a change in size of the amplified product in comparison to the normal genotype. Point mutations canbe identified by hybridizing amplified DNA to radiolabeled RNA encoding the PRO polypeptide, or alternatively, radiolabeled antisense DNA sequences encoding the PRO polypeptide. Perfectly matched sequences can be distinguished from mismatched duplexes by RNase A digestion or by differences hi melting temperatures. Genetic testing based on DNA sequence differences may be achieved by detection of alteration in electrophoretic mobility of DNA fragments in gels with or without denaturing agents. Small sequence deletions and insertions can be visualized by high resolution gel electrophoresis. DNA fragments of different sequences may be distinguished on denaturing formamidine gradient gels in which the mobilities of different DNA fragments are retarded in the gel at different positions according to tliek specific melting or partial melting temperatures, See, e.g., Myers et al, Science. 230: 1242 (1985).

Sequence changes at specific locations may also be revealed by nuclease protection assays, such as RNase and SI protection or the chemical cleavage method, for example, Cotton et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 85: 4397-4401 (1985).

Thus, the detection ofa specific DNA sequence may be achieved by methods such as hybridization, RNase protection, chemical cleavage, dkect DNA sequencing, or the use of restriction enzymes, e.g., restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLP), and Southern blotting of genomic DNA.

5.2.4.7. Use to Detect PRO Polypeptide Levels In addition to more conventional gel-electrophoresis and DNA sequencing, mutations can also be detected by in situ analysis. Expression of nucleic acid encoding the PRO polypeptide may be linked to vascular disease or neovascularization associated with tumor formation. If the PRO polypeptide has a signal sequence and the mRNA is highly expressed in endothelial cells and to a lesser extent in smooth muscle cells, this indicates that the PRO polypeptide is present in semm. Accordingly, an anti-PRO polypeptide antibody could be used to diagnose vascular disease or neovascularization associated with tumor formation, since an altered level of this PRO polypeptide may be indicative of such disorders.

A competition assay may be employed wherein antibodies specific to the PRO polypeptide are attached to a solid support and the labeled PRO polypeptide and a sample derived from the host are passed over the solid support and the amount of label detected attached to the solid support can be correlated to a quantity of the PRO polypeptide in the sample.

5.2.4.8. Chromosome Mapping

The sequences of the present invention are also valuable for chromosome identification. The sequence is specifically targeted to and can hybridize with a particular location on an individual human chromosome. Moreover, there is a current need for identifying particular sites on the chromosome. Few chromosome marking reagents based on actual sequence data (repeat polymorphisms) are presently available for marking cliromosomal location. The mapping of DNAs to chromosomes according to the present invention is an important first step in correlating those sequences with genes associated with disease.

Briefly, sequences can be mapped to chromosomes by preparing PCR primers (preferably 15-25 bp) from the cDNA. Computer analysis for the 3 '- untranslated region is used to rapidly select primers that do not span more than one exon in the genomic DNA, thus complicating the amplification process. These primers are then used for PCR screening of somatic cell hybrids containing individual human chromosomes. Only those hybrids containing the human gene corresponding to the primer will yield an amplified fragment.

PCR mapping of somatic cell hybrids is a rapid procedure for assigning a particular DNA to a particular chromosome. Using the present invention with tlie same oligonucleotide primers, sublocalization can be achieved with panels of fragments from specific chromosomes or pools of large genomic clones in an analogous manner. Other mapping strategies that can similarly be used to map to its chromosome include in situ hybridization, prescreening with labeled flow-sorted chromosomes, and preselection by hybridization to construct chromosome- specific cDNA libraries.

Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) ofa cDNA clone to a metaphase chromosomal spread can be used to provide a precise chromosomal location in one step. This technique can be used with cDNA as short as 500 or 600 bases; however, clones larger than 2,000 bp have a higher likelihood of binding to a unique chromosomal location with sufficient signal intensity for simple detection. FISH requkes use of tlie clones from which the gene encoding the PRO polypeptide was derived, and the longer tlie better. For example, 2,000 bp is good, 4,000 bp is better, and more than 4,000 is probably not necessary to get good results a reasonable percentage of the time. For a review of this technique, see, Verma et al, Human Chromosomes: a Manual of Basic Techniques (Pergamon Press, New York, 1988).

Once a sequence has been mapped to a precise chromosomal location, the physical position of the sequence on tlie chromosome can be correlated with genetic map data. Such data are found, for example, in V. McKusick,

Mendelian Inheritance in Man (available online through Johns Hopkins University Welch Medical Library). The relationship between genes and diseases that have been mapped to the same chromosomal region is then identified through linkage analysis (coihheritance of physically adjacent genes).

Next, it is necessary to determine the differences in the cDNA or genomic sequence between affected and unaffected individuals. If a mutation is observed in some or all of the affected individuals but not in any normal individuals, then the mutation is likely to be the causative agent of the disease.

With current resolution of physical mapping and genetic mapping techniques, a cDNA precisely localized to a chromosomal region associated with the disease could be one of between 50 and 500 potential causative genes.

(This assumes 1 megabase mapping resolution and one gene per 20 kb).

5.2.4.9. Screening Assays for Drag Candidates

This invention encompasses methods of screening compounds to identify those that mimic the PRO polypeptide (agonists) or prevent the effect of the PRO polypeptide (antagonists). Screening assays for antagonist drug candidates are designed to identify compounds that bind or complex with the PRO polypeptide encoded by the genes identified herein, or otlierwise interfere with the hiteraction of the encoded polypeptides with other cellular proteins. Such screening assays will include assays amenable to high-throughput screening of chemical libraries, making them particularly suitable for identifying small molecule drug candidates.

The assays can be performed in a variety of formats, including protein-protein binding assays, biochemical screening assays, immunoassays, and cell-based assays, which are well characterized in the art. All assays for antagonists are common in that they call for contacting the drag candidate with a PRO polypeptide encoded by a nucleic acid identified herein under conditions and for a time sufficient to allow these two components to interact.

In binding assays, the interaction is binding and the complex formed can be isolated or detected in the reaction mixture. In a particular embodiment, the PRO polypeptide encoded by the gene identified herein or the drug candidate is immobilized on a solid phase, e.g. , on a microtiter plate, by covalent or non-covalent attachments.

Non-covalent attachment generally is accomplished by coating the solid surface with a solution of the PRO polypeptide and drying. Alternatively, an immobilized antibody, e.g., a monoclonal antibody, specific for the PRO polypeptide to be immobilized can be used to anchor it to a solid surface. The assay is performed by adding the non-immobilized component, which may be labeled by a detectable label, to the immobilized component, e.g., the coated surface containing tlie anchored component. When the reaction is complete, the non-reacted components are removed, e.g., by washing, and complexes anchored on the solid surface are detected. When the originally non- immobilized component carries a detectable label, the detection of label immobilized on tlie surface indicates that complexing occurred. Where the originally non-immobilized component does not carry a label, complexing can be detected, for example, by using a labeled antibody specifically binding the immobilized complex. If the candidate compound interacts with but does not bind to a particular PRO polypeptide encoded by a gene identified herein, its interaction with that polypeptide can be assayed by methods well known for detecting protein-protein interactions. Such assays include traditional approaches, such as, e.g., cross-linking, co- immunoprecipitation, and co-purification through gradients or chromatographic columns. In addition, protein- protein interactions can be monitored by using a yeast-based genetic system described by Fields and co-workers (Fields and Song, Nature (London).340: 245-246 (1989); Chien et αl., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 88: 9578-9582

(1991)) as disclosed by Chevray and Nathans, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 89: 5789-5793 (1991). Many transcriptional activators, such as yeast GAL4, consist of two physically discrete modular domains, one acting as tlie DNA-binding domain, tlie other one functioning as the transcription-activation domain. The yeast expression system described in the foregoing publications (generally referred to as the "two-hybrid system") takes advantage of this property, and employs two hybrid proteins, one in which the target protein is fused to tlie DNA-binding domain of GAL4, and another, in which candidate activating proteins are fused to the activation domain. The expression ofa GALl-/αcZ reporter gene under control ofa GAL4-activated promoter depends on reconstitution of GAL4 activity via protein-protein interaction. Colonies containing interacting polypeptides are detected with a chromogenic substrate for β-galactosidase. A complete kit (MATCHMAKER™) for identifying protein-protein interactions between two specific proteins using the two-hybrid technique is commercially available from Clontech.

This system can also be extended to map protein domains involved in specific protein interactions as well as to pinpoint amino acid residues that are crucial for these interactions. Compounds that interfere with the interaction ofa gene encoding a PRO polypeptide identified herein and other intra- or extracellular components can be tested as follows: usually a reaction mixture is prepared containing the product of the gene and the intra- or extracellular component under conditions and for a time allowing for tlie interaction and binding of the two products. To test the ability of a candidate compound to inhibit binding, the reaction is run in the absence and in tlie presence of the test compound. In addition, a placebo may be added to a thkd reaction mixture, to serve as positive control. The binding (complex formation) between the test compound and the intra- or extracellular component present in tlie mixture is monitored as described hereinabove. The formation of a complex in the control reaction(s) but not in the reaction mixture containing the test compound indicates that the test compound interferes with the interaction of the test compound and its reaction partner. If the PRO polypeptide has tlie ability to stimulate the proliferation of endothelial cells in the presence of the co-mitogen ConA, then one example ofa screening method takes advantage of this ability. Specifically, in the proliferation assay, human umbilical vein endothelial cells are obtained and cultured in 96-well flat-bottomed culture plates (Costar, Cambridge, MA) and supplemented with a reaction mixture appropriate for facilitating proliferation of the cells, the mixture containing Con-A (Calbiochem, La Jolla, CA). Con-A and the compound to be screened are added and after incubation at 37°C, cultures are pulsed with 3Η-thymidine and harvested onto glass fiber filters (phD; Cambridge Technology, Watertown, MA). Mean3Η- thymidine incorporation (cpm) of triplicate cultures is determined using a liquid scintillation counter (Beckman Instruments, Irvine, CA). Significant 3"(H)- thymidine incorporation indicates stimulation of endothelial cell proliferation.

To assay for antagonists, the assay described above is performed; however, in this assay the PRO polypeptide is added along with the compound to be screened and the ability of the compound to inhibit

3"(H)thymidine incorporation in the presence of the PRO polypeptide indicates that the compound is an antagonist to the PRO polypeptide. Alternatively, antagonists may be detected by combining the PRO polypeptide and a potential antagonist with membrane-bound PRO polypeptide receptors or recombinant receptors under appropriate conditions for a competitive inhibition assay. The PRO polypeptide can be labeled, such as by radioactivity, such that the number of PRO polypeptide molecules bound to the receptor can be used to determine the effectiveness of the potential antagonist. The gene encoding the receptor can be identified by numerous methods known to those of skill in the art, for example, ligand parrning and FACS sorting. Coligan et al. , Current Protocols in Jhimun.. 1(2): Chapter 5 (1991). Preferably, expression cloning is employed wherein polyadenylated RNA is prepared from a cell responsive to the PRO polypeptide and a cDNA library created from this RNA is divided into pools and used to transfect COS cells or other cells that are not responsive to the PRO polypeptide. Transfected cells that are grown on glass slides are exposed to the labeled PRO polypeptide. The PRO polypeptide can be labeled by a variety of means including iodination or inclusion of a recognition site for a site-specific protein kinase. Following fixation and incubation, the slides are subjected to autoradiographic analysis. Positive pools are identified and sub-pools are prepared and re-transfected using an interactive sub-pooling and re-screening process, eventually yielding a single clone that encodes the putative receptor.

As an alternative approach for receptor identification, the labeled PRO polypeptide can be photoaffinity- linked with cell membrane or extract preparations that express the receptor molecule. Cross-linked material is resolved by PAGE and exposed to X-ray film. The labeled complex containing the receptor can be excised, resolved into peptide fragments, and subjected to protein micro-sequencing. The amino acid sequence obtained from micro-sequencing would be used to design a set of degenerate oligonucleotide probes to screen a cDNA library to identify the gene encoding tlie putative receptor. In another assay for antagonists, mammalian cells or a membrane preparation expressing the receptor would be incubated with the labeled PRO polypeptide in the presence of the candidate compound. The ability of the compound to enhance or block this interaction could then be measured.

The compositions useful in the treatment of cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic disorders include, without limitation, antibodies, small organic and inorganic molecules, peptides, phosphopeptides, antisense and ribozyme molecules, triple-helix molecules, etc., that inhibit the expression and or activity of the target gene product.

More specific examples of potential antagonists include an oligonucleotide that binds to the fusions of immunoglobulin with a PRO polypeptide, and, in particular, antibodies including, without limitation, poly- and monoclonal antibodies and antibody fragments, single-chain antibodies, anti-idiotypic antibodies, and chimeric or humanized versions of such antibodies or fragments, as well as human antibodies and antibody fragments.

Alternatively, a potential antagonist may be a closely related protein, for example, a mutated form of the PRO polypeptide that recognizes the receptor but imparts no effect, thereby competitively inhibiting the action of the PRO polypeptide.

Another potential PRO polypeptide antagonist is an antisense RNA or DNA constmct prepared using antisense technology, where, e.g., an antisense RNA or DNA molecule acts to block dkectly the translation of mRNA by hybridizing to targeted mRNA and preventing protein translation. Antisense technology can be used to control gene expression through triple-helix formation or antisense DNA or RNA, both of which methods are based on binding of a polynucleotide to DNA or RNA. For example, the 5' coding portion of the polynucleotide sequence, which encodes the mature PRO polypeptides herein, is used to design an antisense RNA oligonucleotide of from about 10 to 40 base paks in length. A DNA oligonucleotide is designed to be complementary to a region of the gene involved in transcription (triple helix - see, Lee et al, Nucl. Acids Res., 6:3073 (1979); Cooney et al, Science. 241: 456 (1988); Dervan et al, Science. 251:1360 (1991)), thereby preventing transcription and the production of the PRO polypeptide. A sequence "complementary" to a portion of an RNA, as referred to herein, means a sequence having sufficient complementarity to be able to hybridize with the RNA, forming a stable duplex; in the case of double-stranded antisense nucleic acids, a single strand of the duplex DNA may thus be tested, or triplex helix formation may be assayed. The ability to hybridize will depend on both the degree of complementarity and the length of the antisense nucleic acid. Generally, the longer the hybridizing nucleic acid, the more base mismatches with an RNA it may contain and still form a stable duplex (or triplex, as the case may be). One skilled in the art can ascertain a tolerable degree of mismatch by use of standard procedures to determine the melting point of the hybridized complex. The antisense RNA oligonucleotide hybridizes to the mRNA in vivo and blocks translation of the mRNA molecule into the PRO polypeptide (antisense - Okano, Neurochem.. 56:560 (1991); Oligodeoxynucleotides as Antisense Inhibitors of Gene Expression (CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL, 1988). The antisense oligonucleotides can be DNA or RNA or chimeric mixtures or derivatives or modified versions thereof, single-stranded or double-stranded. The oligonucleotide can be modified at the base moiety, sugar moiety, or phosphate backbone, for example, to improve stability of the molecule, hybridization, etc. The oligonucleotide may include other appended groups such as peptides (e.g. , for targeting host cell receptors in vivo), or agents facilitating transport across the cell membrane (see, e.g., Letsinger, et al, 1989, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.

U.S.A. 86:6553-6556; Lemaitre, et al, 1987, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 84:648-652; PCT Publication No. WO88/09810, published December 15, 1988) or the blood-brain barrier (see, e.g., PCT Publication No. WO89/10134, published April 25, 1988), hybridization-triggered cleavage agents (see, e.g., Krol et al, 1988, BioTechniques 6:958-976) or intercalating agents (see, e.g., Zon, 1988, Pharm. Res. 5:539-549). To this end, the oligonucleotide may be conjugated to another molecule, e.g. , a peptide, hybridization triggered cross-linking agent, transport agent, hybridization-triggered cleavage agent, etc.

The antisense oligonucleotide may comprise at least one modified base moiety which is selected from tlie group including but not limited to 5-fluorouracil, 5-bromouracil, 5-chlorouracil, 5-iodouracil, hypoxanthine, xanthine, 4-acetylcytosine, 5-(carboxyhydroxylmefhyl) uracil, 5-carboxymethylaminomethyl-2-thiouridine, 5-carboxymethylaminomethyluracil, dihydrouracil, beta-D-galactosylqueosine, inosine, N6-isopentenyladenine,

1-methylguanine, 1-methylinosine, 2,2-dimethylguanine, 2-methyladenine, 2-methylguanine, 3-mefhylcytosine, 5-methylcytosine,N6-adenine, 7-methylguanine, 5-methylaminomethyluracil, 5-methoxyaminomethyl-2-thiouracil, beta-D-mannosylqueosine, 5 '-methoxycarboxymefhyluracil, 5-methoxyuracil, 2-methylthio-N6-isopentenyladenine, uracil-5-oxyacetic acid (v), wybutoxosine, pseudouracil, queosine, 2-thiocytosine, 5-methyl-2-thiouracil, 2-tlιiouracil, 4-thiouracil, 5-methyluracil, uracil-5-oxyacetic acid methylester, uracil-5-oxyacetic acid (v), 5-methyl-

2-thiouracil, 3-(3-amino-3-N-2-carboxypropyl) uracil, (acρ3)w, and 2,6-diaminopurine.

The antisense oligonucleotide may also comprise at least one modified sugar moiety selected from the group including but not limited to arabinose, 2-fluoroarabinose, xylulose, and hexose.

In yet another embodiment, the antisense oligonucleotide comprises at least one modified phosphate backbone selected from the group consisting of aphosphorotliioate, aphosphorodithioate, aphosphoramidothioate, a phosphoramidate, a phosphordiamidate, a methylphosphonate, an alkyl phosphotriester, and a formacetal or analog thereof.

In yet another embodiment, the antisense oligonucleotide is an α-anomeric oligonucleotide. An α- anomeric oligonucleotide forms specific double-stranded hybrids with complementary RNA in which, conkary to the usual β-units, the strands ran parallel to each other (Gautier, etal, 1987, Nucl. Acids Res. 15:6625-6641). The oligonucleotide is a 2'-0-methylribonucleotide (Inoue, etal, 1987, Nucl Acids Res. 15:6131-6148), or a chimeric

RNA-DNA analogue (Inoue, et al, 1987, FEBSLett. 215:327-330).

Oligonucleotides of the invention may be synthesized by standard methods known in the art, e.g. , by use of an automated DNA synthesizer (such as are commercially available from Biosearch, Applied Biosystems, etc.). As examples, phosphorothioate oligonucleotides may be synthesized by the method of Stein, et al. (1988, Nucl.

Acids Res. 16:3209), methylphosphonate oligonucleotides can be prepared by use of controlled pore glass polymer supports (Sarin, et al, 1988, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 85:7448-7451), etc. The oligonucleotides described above can also be delivered to cells such that the antisense RNA or DNA may be expressed in vivo to inhibit production of the PRO polypeptide. When antisense DNA is used, oligodeoxyribonucleotides derived from the translation-initiation site, e.g., between about -10 and +10 positions of the target gene nucleotide sequence, are preferred. Antisense RNA or DNA molecules are generally at least about 5 bases in length, about 10 bases in length, about 15 bases in length, about 20 bases in length, about 25 bases in length, about 30 bases in length, about 35 bases in length, about 40 bases in length, about 45 bases in length, about 50 bases in length, about 55 bases in length, about 60 bases in lengdi, about 65 bases in length, about 70 bases in length, about 75 bases in length, about 80 bases in length, about 85 bases in length, about 90 bases in length, about 95 bases in length, about 100 bases in length, or more.

Potential antagonists further include small molecules that bind to the active site, the receptor binding site, or growth factor or other relevant binding site of the PRO polypeptide, thereby blocking the normal biological activity of the PRO polypeptide. Examples of small molecules include, but are not limited to, small peptides or peptide-like molecules, preferably soluble peptides, and synthetic non-peptidyl organic or inorganic compounds. Additional potential antagonists are ribozymes, which are enzymatic RNAmolecules capable of catalyzing tlie specific cleavage of RNA. Ribozymes act by sequence-specific hybridization to the complementary target RNA, followed by endonucleolytic cleavage. Specific ribozyme cleavage sites within a potential RNA target can be identified by known techniques. For further details see, e.g., Rossi, Current Biology.4: 469-471 (1994), and PCT publication No. WO 97/33551 (published September 18, 1997). While ribozymes that cleave mRNA at site specific recognition sequences can be used to destroy target gene mRNAs, the use of hammerhead ribozymes is preferred. Hammerhead ribozymes cleave mRNAs at locations dictated by flanking regions which form complementary base paks with the target mRNA. The sole requkement is that tlie target mRNA have tlie following sequence of two bases: 5'-UG-3'. The constraction and production of hammerhead ribozymes is well known in the art and is described more fully in Myers, 1995, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology: A Comprehensive Desk Reference, VCH Publishers, New York, (see especially Figure 4, page

833) and in Haseloff and Gerlach, 1988, Nature, 334:585-591, which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

Preferably the ribozyme is engineered so that the cleavage recognition site is located near the 5' end of the target gene mRNA, i. e. , to increase efficiency and minimize the intracellular accumulation of non- functional mRNA transcripts.

The ribozymes of the present invention also include RNA endoribonucleases (hereinafter "Cech-type ribozymes") such as the one which occurs naturally in Tetrahymena thermophila (known as the IVS, or L- 19 IVS RNA) and which has been extensively described by Thomas Cech and collaborators (Zaug, et al, 1984, Science, 224:574-578; Zaug and Cech, 1986, Science, 231:470-475; Zaug, et al, 1986, Nature, 324:429-433; published International patent application No. WO 88/04300 by University Patents Inc.; Been and Cech, 1986, Cell, 47:207-

216). The Cech-type ribozymes have an eight base pak active site that hybridizes to a target RNA sequence whereafter cleavage of the target RNA takes place. The invention encompasses those Cech-type ribozymes that target eight base-pak active site sequences that are present in the target gene.

As in the antisense approach, the ribozymes can be composed of modified oligonucleotides (e.g., for improved stability, targeting, etc.) and should be delivered to cells that express the target gene in vivo. A preferred method of delivery involves using a DNA construct "encoding" the ribozyme under the confrol of a strong constitutive pol III or pol II promoter, so that kansfected cells will produce sufficient quantities of the ribozyme to deskoy endogenous target gene messages and inhibit kanslation. Because ribozymes, unlike antisense molecules, are catalytic, a lower intracellular concentration is requked for efficiency.

Nucleic acid molecules in triple-helix formation used to inhibit transcription should be single-stranded and composed of deoxynucleotides. The base composition of these oligonucleotides is designed such that it promotes kiple-helix formation via Hoogsteen base-pairing rules, which generally requke sizeable sketches of purines or pyrimidines on one sttand ofa duplex. For further details see, e.g., PCT publication No. WO 97/33551, supra.

These small molecules can be identified by any one or more of the screening assays discussed hereinabove and/or by any other screening teclmiques well known for those skilled in the art.

■ 5.2.4.10. Types of Cardiovascular, Endothelial. and Angiogenic Disorders to be Treated

The PRO polypeptides, or agonists or antagonists thereto, that have activity in the cardiovascular, angiogenic, and endothelial assays described herein, and/or whose gene product has been found to be localized to the cardiovascular system, are likely to have therapeutic uses in a variety of cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic disorders, including systemic disorders that affect vessels, such as diabetes mellitus. Thek therapeutic utility could include diseases of the arteries, capillaries, veins, and/or lymphatics. Examples of keatments hereunder include heating muscle wasting disease, heating osteoporosis, aidhig in implant fixation to stimulate the growth of cells around the implant and therefore facilitate its attachment to its intended site, increasing IGF stability in tissues or in serum, if applicable, and increasing binding to the IGF receptor (since IGF has been shown in vitro to enhance human marrow erythroid and granulocytic progenitor cell growth). The PRO polypeptides or agonists or antagonists thereto may also be employed to stimulate erythropoiesis or granulopoiesis, to stimulate wound healing or tissue regeneration and associated therapies concerned with re- growth of tissue, such as connective tissue, skin, bone, cartilage, muscle, lung, or kidney, to promote angiogenesis, to stimulate or inhibit migration of endothelial cells, and to proliferate tlie growth of vascular smooth muscle and endothelial cell production. The increase in angiogenesis mediated by the PRO polypeptide or agonist would be beneficial to ischemic tissues and to collateral coronary development in the heart subsequent to coronary stenosis.

Antagonists are used to inhibit the action of such polypeptides, for example, to limit the production of excess connective tissue during wound healing or pulmonary fibrosis if the PRO polypeptide promotes such production. This would include keatment of acute myocardial infarction and heart failure.

Moreover, the present invention provides the keatment of cardiac hypertrophy, regardless of the underlying cause, by administering a therapeutically effective dose of the PRO polypeptide, or agonist or antagonist thereto.

If the objective is the keatment of human patients, the PRO polypeptide preferably is recombinant human PRO polypeptide (rhPRO polypeptide). The keatment for cardiac hypertrophy can be performed at any of its various stages, which may result from a variety of diverse pathologic conditions, including myocardial infarction, hypertension, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and valvular regurgitation. The keatment extends to all stages of the progression of cardiac hypertrophy, with or without structural damage of the heart muscle, regardless of the underlying cardiac disorder.

The decision of whether to use the molecule itself or an agonist thereof for any particular indication, as opposed to an antagonist to the molecule, would depend mainly on whether the molecule herein promotes cardiovascularization, genesis of endothelial cells, or angiogenesis or inhibits these conditions. For example, if the molecule promotes angiogenesis, an antagonist thereof would be useful for keatment of disorders where it is desked to limit or prevent angiogenesis. Examples of such disorders include vascular tumors such as haemangioma, tumor angiogenesis, neovascularization in the retina, choroid, or cornea, associated with diabetic retinopathy or premature infant retinopathy or macular degeneration and proliferative vikeoretinopathy, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, atherosclerosis, ovarian hyperstimulation, psoriasis, endometriosis associated with neovascularization, restenosis subsequent to balloon angioplasty, scar tissue overproduction, for example, that seen in a keloid that foπns after surgery, fibrosis after myocardial infarction, or fibrotic lesions associated with pulmonary fibrosis.

If, however, the molecule inhibits angiogenesis, it would be expected to be used dkectly for keatment of tlie above conditions.

On the other hand, if the molecule stimulates angiogenesis it would be used itself (or an agonist thereof) for indications where angiogenesis is desked such as peripheral vascular disease, hypertension, inflammatory vasculitides, Reynaud's disease and Reynaud's phenomenon, aneurysms, arterial restenosis, thrombophlebitis, lymphangitis, lymphedema, wound healing and tissue repak, ischemia reperfusion injury, angina, myocardial infarctions such as acute myocardial infarctions, chronic heart conditions, heart failure such as congestive heart failure, and osteoporosis.

If, however, the molecule inhibits angiogenesis, an antagonist thereof would be used for keatment of those conditions where angiogenesis is desked.

Specific types of diseases are described below, where the PRO polypeptide herein or agonists or antagonists thereof may serve as useful for vascular-related drag targeting or as therapeutic targets for the keatment or prevention of the disorders. Atherosclerosis is a disease characterized by accumulation of plaques of intimal thickening in arteries, due to accumulation of lipids, proliferation of smooth muscle cells, and formation of fibrous tissue within the arterial wall. The disease can affect large, medium, and small arteries in any organ. Changes in endothelial and vascular smooth muscle cell function are known to play an important role in modulating the accumulation and regression of these plaques.

Hypertension is characterized by raised vascular pressure in the systemic arterial, pulmonary arterial, or portal venous systems. Elevated pressure may result from or result in impaked endothelial function and/or vascular disease.

Inflammatory vasculitides include giant cell arteritis, Takayasu's arteritis, polyarteritis nodosa (including the microangiopathic form), Kawasaki's disease, microscopic polyangiitis, Wegener's granulomatosis, and a variety of infectious-related vascular disorders (including Henoch-Schonleinprupura). Altered endotlielial cell function has been shown to be important in these diseases.

Reynaud's disease and Reynaud's phenomenon are characterized by intermittent abnormal impairment of the ckculation through the exhemities on exposure to cold. Altered endothelial cell function has been shown to be important in this disease.

Aneurysms are saccular or fusiform dilatations of the arterial or venous kee that are associated with altered endothelial cell and/or vascular smooth muscle cells.

Arterial restenosis (restenosis of the arterial wall) may occur following angioplasty as a result of alteration in the function and proliferation of endothelial and vascular smooth muscle cells. Thrombophlebitis and lymphangitis are inflammatory disorders of veins and lymphatics, respectively, that may result from, and/or in, altered endothelial cell function. Similarly, lymphedema is a condition involving impaked lymphatic vessels resulting from endothelial cell function.

The family of benign and malignant vascular tumors are characterized by abnormal proliferation and growth of cellular elements of the vascular system. For example, lymphangiomas are benign tumors of the lymphatic system that are congenital, often cystic, malformations of the lymphatics that usually occur in newborns.

Cystic tumors tend to grow into the adjacent tissue. Cystic tumors usually occur in the cervical and axillary region. They can also occur in the soft tissue of the exkemities. The main symptoms are dilated, sometimes reticular, structured lymphatics and lymphocysts surrounded by connective tissue. Lymphangiomas are assumed to be caused by improperly connected embryonic lymphatics or thek deficiency. The result is impaired local lymph drainage. Griener et al, Lvmphology. 4: 140-144 (1971).

Another use for the PRO polypeptides herein or agonists or antagonists thereto is in the prevention of tumor angiogenesis, which involves vascularization of a tumor to enable it to growth and/or metastasize. This process is dependent on the growth of new blood vessels. Examples of neoplasms and related conditions that involve tumor angiogenesis include breast carcinomas, lung carcinomas, gastric carcinomas, esophageal carcinomas, colorectal carcinomas, liver carcinomas, ovarian carcinomas, thecomas, arrhenoblastomas, cervical carcinomas, endometrial carcinoma, endomekial hyperplasia, endometriosis, fibrosarcomas, choriocarcinoma, head and neck cancer, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, laryngeal carcinomas, hepatoblastoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, melanoma, skin carcinomas, hemangioma, cavernous hemangioma, hemangioblastoma, pancreas carcinomas, retinoblastoma, astrocytoma, glioblastoma, Schwannoma, oligodendroglioma, medulloblastoma, neuroblastomas, rhabdomyosarcoma, osteogenic sarcoma, leiomyosarcomas, urinary kact carcinomas, thyroid carcinomas, Wihn's tumor, renal cell carcinoma, prostate carcinoma, abnormal vascular proliferation associated with phakomatoses, edema (such as that associated with brain tumors), and Meigs' syndrome.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of severe visual loss in the elderly population. The exudative form of AMD is characterized by choroidal neovascularization and retinal pigment epithelial cell detachment. Because choroidal neovascularization is associated with a dramatic worsening in prognosis, the PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereto is expected to be useful in reducing the severity of AMD. Healing of kauma such as wound healing and tissue repak is also a targeted use for the PRO polypeptides herein or thek agonists or antagonists. Formation and regression of new blood vessels is essential for tissue healing and repak. This category includes bone, cartilage, tendon, ligament, and/or nerve tissue growtli or regeneration, as well as wound healing and tissue repair and replacement, and in the freaknent of burns, incisions, and ulcers. A PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereof that induces cartilage and/or bone growth in ckcumstances where bone is not normally formed has application in the healing of bone fractures and cartilage damage or defects in humans and other animals. Such a preparation employing a PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereof may have prophylactic use in closed as well as open fracture reduction and also in the improved fixation of artificial joints. De novo bone formation induced by an osteogenic agent conkibutes to the repak of congenital, hauma- induced, or oncologic, resection-hiduced craniofacial defects, and also is useful in cosmetic plastic surgery.

PRO polypeptides or agonists or antagonists thereto may also be useful to promote better or faster closure of non-healing wounds, including without limitation pressure ulcers, ulcers associated with vascular insufficiency, surgical and kaumatic wounds, and the like.

It is expected that a PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereto may also exhibit activity for generation or regeneration of other tissues, such as organs (including, for example, pancreas, liver, intestine, kidney, skin, or endothelium), muscle (smooth, skeletal, or cardiac), and vascular (including vascular endothelium) tissue, or for promoting the growth of cells comprising such tissues. Part of the desked effects may be by inhibition or modulation of fϊbrotic scarring to allow normal tissue to regenerate.

A PRO polypeptide herein or agonist or antagonist thereto may also be useful for gut protection or regeneration and keatment of lung or liver fibrosis, reperfusion injury in various tissues, and conditions resulting from systemic cytokine damage. Also, the PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereto may be useful for promoting or inhibiting differentiation of tissues described above from precursor tissues or cells, or for inhibiting the growtli of tissues described above.

A PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereto may also be used in the keatment of periodontal diseases and in other tooth-repakprocesses. Such agents may provide an envkonmentto atkactbone-forming cells, stimulate growth of bone- forming cells, or induce differentiation of progenitors of bone-forming cells. A PRO polypeptide herein or an agonist or an antagonist thereto may also be useful in the keatment of osteoporosis or osteoarthritis, such as through stimulation of bone and/or cartilage repak or by blocking inflammation or processes of tissue destruction (collagenase activity, osteoclast activity, etc.) mediated by inflammatory processes, since blood vessels play an important role in the regulation of bone turnover and growth.

Another category of tissue regeneration activity that may be attributable to the PRO polypeptide herein or agonist or antagonist thereto is tendon/ligament formation. A protein that induces tendon/ligament-like tissue or other tissue formation in ckcumstances where such tissue is not normally formed has application in the healing of tendon or ligament tears, deformities, and other tendon or ligament defects in humans and other animals. Such a preparation may have prophylactic use in preventing damage to tendon or ligament tissue, as well as use in the improved fixation of tendon or ligament to bone or other tissues, and in repairing defects to tendon or ligament tissue. De novo tendon/ligament-like tissue formation induced by a composition of the PRO polypeptide herein or agonist or antagonist thereto contributes to the repak of congenital, kauma-induced, or other tendon or ligament defects of other origin, and is also useful in cosmetic plastic surgery for attachment or repak of tendons or ligaments. The compositions herein may provide an environment to attract tendon- or ligament-foπning cells, stimulate growth of tendon- or ligament-forming cells, induce differentiation of progenitors of tendon- or ligament- forming cells, or induce growtli of tendon/ligament cells or progenitors ex vivo for return in vivo to effect tissue repak. The compositions herein may also be useful in the keatment of tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other tendon or ligament defects. The compositions may also include an appropriate matrix and/or sequestering agent as a carrier as is well known in the art.

The PRO polypeptide or its agonist or antagonist may also be useful for proliferation of neural cells and for regeneration of nerve and brain tissue, i. e. , for the keatment of cenkal and peripheral nervous system disease and neuropathies, as well as mechanical and kaumatic disorders, that involve degeneration, deatli, or kau a to neural cells or nerve tissue. More specifically, a PRO polypeptide or its agonist or antagonist may be used in the keatment of diseases of the peripheral nervous system, such as peripheral nerve injuries, peripheral neuropathy and localized neuropathies, and cenkal nervous system diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, amyokophic lateral sclerosis, and Shy-Drager syndrome. Further conditions that may be keated in accordance with the present invention include mechanical and kaumatic disorders, such as spinal cord disorders, head kauma, and cerebrovascular diseases such as skoke. Peripheral neuropathies resulting from chemotherapy or other medical therapies may also be keatable using a PRO polypeptide herein or agonist or antagonist thereto.

Ischemia-reperfusion injury is another indication. Endothelial cell dysfunction may be important in both the initiation of, and in regulation of the sequelae of events that occur following ischemia-reperfusion injury.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a further indication. Blood vessel growth and targeting of inflammatory cells through the vasculature is an important component in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid and sero-negative forms of arthritis.

A PRO polypeptide or its agonist or antagonist may also be administered prophylactically to patients with cardiac hypertrophy, to prevent the progression of the condition, and avoid sudden deatli, including death of asymptomatic patients. Such preventative therapy is particularly warranted in the case of patients diagnosed with massive left venkicular cardiac hypertrophy (a maximal wall thickness of 35 mm or more in adults, or a comparable value in children), or in instances when the hemodynamic burden on the heart is particularly skong.

A PRO polypeptide or its agonist or antagonist may also be useful in the management of atrial fibrillation, which develops in a substantial portion of patients diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Further indications include angina, myocardial infarctions such as acute myocardial infarctions, and heart failure such as congestive heart failure. Additional non-neoplastic conditions include psoriasis, diabetic and other proliferative retinopathies including retinopathy of prematurity, rekolental fibroplasia, neovascular glaucoma, thyroid hyperplasias (including Grave's disease), comeal and other tissue kansplantation, chronic inflammation, lung inflammation, nephrotic syndrome, preeclampsia, ascites, pericardial effusion (such as that associated with pericarditis), and pleural effusion. In view of the above, the PRO polypeptides or agonists or antagonists thereof described herein, which are shown to alter or impact endofhelial cell function, proliferation, and/or form, are likely to play an important role in the etiology and pathogenesis of many or all of the disorders noted above, and as such can serve as therapeutic targets to augment or inhibit these processes or for vascular-related drug targeting in these disorders.

5.2.4.11. Adminiskation Protocols. Schedules. Doses, and Formulations

The molecules herein and agonists and antagonists thereto are pharmaceutically useful as a prophylactic and therapeutic agent for various disorders and diseases as set forth above.

Therapeutic compositions of the PRO polypeptides or agonists or antagonists are prepared for storage by mixing the desked molecule having the appropriate degree of purity with optional pharmaceutically acceptable carriers, excipients, or stabilizers (Remington's Pharmaceutical Sciences, 16th edition, Osol, A. ed. (1980)), in the form of lyophilized formulations or aqueous solutions. Acceptable carriers, excipients, or stabilizers are nontoxic to recipients at the dosages and concenkations employed, and include buffers such as phosphate, cifrate, and other organic acids; antioxidants including ascorbic acid and methionine; preservatives (such as octadecyldimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride; hexamethonium chloride; benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride; phenol, butyl or benzyl alcohol; alkyl parabens such as methyl or propyl paraben; catechol; resorcinol; cyclohexanol; 3-ρentanol; and m-cresol); low molecular weight (less than about 10 residues) polypeptides; proteins, such as semm albumin, gelatin, or immunoglobulins; hydrophilic polymers such as polyvinylpyrrolidone; amino acids such as glycine, glutamine, asparagine, histidine, arginine, or lysine; monosaccharides, disaccharides, and other carbohydrates including glucose, mannose, or dexkins; chelating agents such as EDTA; sugars such as sucrose, mannitol, kehalose or sorbitol; salt- forming counter-ions such as sodium; metal complexes (e.g., Zn-protein complexes); and/or non- ionic surfactants such as TWEEN™, PLURONICS™ or polyethylene glycol (PEG).

Additional examples of such carriers include ion exchangers, alumina, aluminum stearate, lecithin, semm proteins, such as human serum albumin, buffer substances such as phosphates, glycine, sorbic acid, potassium sorbate, partial glyceride mixtures of saturated vegetable fatty acids, water, salts, or eleckolytes such as protamine sulfate, disodium hydrogen phosphate, potassium hydrogen phosphate, sodium chloride, zinc salts, colloidal silica, magnesium kisilicate, polyvinyl pyrrolidone, cellulose-based substances, and polyethylene glycol. Carriers for topical or gel-based forms of agonist or antagonist include polysaccharides such as sodium carboxymethylcellulose or methylcellulose, polyvinylpyrrolidone, polyacrylates, polyoxyefhylene-polyoxypropylene-block polymers, polyethylene glycol, and wood wax alcohols. For all adminiskations, conventional depot forms are suitably used. Such forms include, for example, microcapsules, nano-capsules, liposomes, plasters, inhalation forms, nose sprays, sublingual tablets, and sustained-release preparations. The PRO polypeptides or agonists or antagonists will typically be formulated in such vehicles at a concenkation of about 0.1 mg/ml to 100 mg/ml.

Another formulation comprises incorporating a PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereof into formed articles. Such articles can be used in modulating endothelial cell growth and angiogenesis. In addition, tumor invasion and metastasis may be modulated with these articles. PRO polypeptides or agonists or antagonists to be used for in vivo adminiskation must be sterile. This is readily accomplished by filhation through sterile filkation membranes, prior to or following lyophilization and reconstitution. PRO polypeptides ordinarily will be stored in lyophilized form or in solution if administered systemically. If in lyophilized form, the PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereto is typically formulated in combination with other ingredients for reconstitution with an appropriate diluent at the time for use. An example of a liquid formulation of a PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist is a sterile, clear, colorless unpreserved solution filled in a single-dose vial for subcutaneous injection. Preserved pharmaceutical compositions suitable for repeated use may contain, for example, depending mainly on the indication and type of polypeptide: a) PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereto; b) a buffer capable of maintaining the pH in a range of maximum stability of the polypeptide or other molecule in solution, preferably about 4-8; c) a detergent/surfactant primarily to stabilize the polypeptide or molecule against agitation- induced aggregation; d) an isotonifier; e) a preservative selected from the group of phenol, benzyl alcohol and a benzethonium halide, e.g. , chloride; and f) water.

If the detergent employed is non-ionic, it may, for example, be polysorbates (e.g., POLYSORBATE™

(TWEEN™) 20, 80, etc) orpoloxamers (e.g., POLOXAMER™ 188). The use ofnon-ionic surfactants permits the formulation to be exposed to shear surface skesses without causing denaturation of the polypeptide. Further, such surfactant-containing formulations may be employed in aerosol devices such as those used in a pulmonary dosing, and needleless jet injector guns (see, e.g., EP 257,956).

An isotonifier may be present to ensure isotonicity of a liquid composition of the PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereto, and includes polyhydric sugar alcohols, preferably trihydric or higher sugar alcohols, such as glycerin, erythritol, arabitol, xylitol, sorbitol, and mannitol. These sugar alcohols can be used alone or in combination. Alternatively, sodium chloride or other appropriate inorganic salts may be used to render the solutions isotonic

The buffer may, for example, be an acetate, cikate, succinate, or phosphate buffer depending on the pH desked. The pH of one type of liquid formulation of this invention is buffered in the range of about 4 to 8, preferably about physiological pH.

The preservatives phenol, benzyl alcohol andbenzethonium halides, e.g. , chloride, are known antimicrobial agents that may be employed.

Therapeutic PRO polypeptide compositions generally are placed into a container having a sterile access port, for example, an inkavenous solution bag or vial having a stopper pierceable by a hypodermic injection needle. The formulations are preferably administered as repeated inkavenous (i.v.), subcutaneous (s.c), or inkamuscular

(i.m.) injections, or as aerosol formulations suitable for inkanasal or inkapulmonary delivery (for inkapuhnonary delivery see, e.g., EP 257,956). PRO polypeptides can also be administered in the form of sustained-released preparations. Suitable examples of sustained-release preparations include semipermeable matrices of solid hydrophobic polymers containing the protein, which makices are in the form of shaped articles, e.g., films, or microcapsules. Examples of sustained-release makices include polyesters, hydrogels (e.g. , poly(2-hydroxyethyl-methacrylate) as described by Langer et al, J. Biomed. Mater. Res., 15: 167-277 (1981) and Langer, Chem. Tech.. 12: 98-105 (1982) or poly(vinylalcohol)), polylactides (U.S. Patent No. 3,773,919, EP 58,481), copolymers of L-glutamic acid and gamma ethyl-L-glutamate (Sidman et al. , Biopolvmers.22: 547-556 (1983)), non-degradable ethylene- vinyl acetate (Langer et al, supra), degradable lactic acid-glycolic acid copolymers such as tlie Lupron Depot™ (kijectable microspheres composed of lactic acid-glycolic acid copolymer and leuprolide acetate), and poly-D- (-)-3-hydroxybutyric acid (EP 133,988).

While polymers such as ethylene- vinyl acetate and lactic acid-glycolic acid enable release of molecules for over 100 days, certain hydrogels release proteins for shorter time periods. When encapsulated proteins remain in tlie body for a long time, they may denature or aggregate as a result of exposure to moisture at 37°C, resulting in a loss of biological activity and possible changes in immunogenicity. Rational skategies can be devised for protein stabilization depending on the mechanism involved. For example, if the aggregation mechanism is discovered to be inteπnolecular S-S bond formation through thio-disulfide interchange, stabilization may be achieved by modifying sulfhydryl residues, lyophilizing from acidic solutions, conho fling moisture content, using appropriate additives, and developing specific polymer mahix compositions.

Sustained-release PRO polypeptide compositions also include liposomally enkapped PRO polypeptides. Liposomes containing the PRO polypeptide are prepared by methods known perse: DE 3,218,121; Epstein eta/.,

Proc Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 82: 3688-3692 (1985); Hwang et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 77: 4030-4034 (1980); EP 52,322; EP 36,676; EP 88,046; EP 143,949; EP 142,641; Japanese patent application 83-118008; U.S. Patent Nos. 4,485,045 and 4,544,545; and EP 102,324. Ordinarily the liposomes are of the small (about 200-800 Angshoms) unilamellar type in which the lipid content is greater than about 30 mol. % cholesterol, the selected proportion being adjusted for the optimal therapy.

The therapeutically effective dose of a PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereto will, of course, vary depending on such factors as the pathological condition to be keated (including prevention), the method of adminiskation, the type of compound being used for keaknent, any co-therapy involved, the patient's age, weight, general medical condition, medical history, etc., and its determination is well within the skill of a practicing physician. Accordingly, it will be necessary for the therapist to titer the dosage and modify the route of adminiskation as requked to obtain the maximal therapeutic effect. If the PRO polypeptide has a narrow host range, for the keatment of human patients formulations comprising human PRO polypeptide, more preferably native- sequence human PRO polypeptide, are preferred. The clinician will administer the PRO polypeptide until a dosage is reached that achieves tlie desked effect for keatment of the condition in question. For example, if the objective is the keatment of CHF, the amount would be one that inhibits the progressive cardiac hypertrophy associated with this condition. The progress of this therapy is easily monitored by echo cardiography. Similarly, in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the PRO polypeptide can be administered on an empirical basis. With the above guidelines, the effective dose generally is within the range of from about 0.001 to about 1.0 mg/kg, more preferably about 0.01-1.0 mg/kg, most preferably about 0.01-0.1 mg/kg.

For non-oral use in keating human adult hypertension, it is advantageous to administer the PRO polypeptide in the form of an injection at about 0.01 to 50 mg, preferably about 0.05 to 20 mg, most preferably 1 to 20 mg, per kg body weight, 1 to 3 times daily by inkavenous injection. For oral adminiskation, a molecule based on the PRO polypeptide is preferably administered at about 5 mg to 1 g, preferably about 10 to 100 mg, per kg body weight, 1 to 3 times daily. It should be appreciated that endotoxin contamination should be kept minimally at a safe level, for example, less than 0.5 ng/mg protein. Moreover, for human adminiskation, the formulations preferably meet sterility, pyrogenicity, general safety, and purity as requked by FDA Office and Biologies standards. The dosage regimen ofa pharmaceutical composition containing the PRO polypeptide to be used in tissue regeneration will be determined by the attending physician considering various factors that modify the action of the polypeptides, e.g., amount of tissue weight desked to be formed, the site of damage, the condition of the damaged tissue, the size ofa wound, type of damaged tissue (e.g. , bone), the patient's age, sex, and diet, the severity of any infection, time of adminiskation, and other clinical factors. The dosage may vary with the type of matrix used in the reconstitution and with inclusion of other proteins in the pharmaceutical composition. For example, the addition of other known growth factors, such as IGF-I, to the final composition may also affect the dosage. Progress can be monitored by periodic assessment of tissue/bone growth and/or repair, for example, X-rays, histomorphomekic determinations, and tekacycline labeling.

The route of PRO polypeptide or antagonist or agonist adminiskation is in accord with known methods, e.g., by injection or infusion by inkavenous, inkamuscular, inkacerebral, inkaperitoneal, inkacerobrospinal, subcutaneous, inkaocular, inhaarticular, inkasynovial, inkathecal, oral, topical, or inhalation routes, or by sustained-release systems as noted below. The PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonists thereof also are suitably administered by inkatumoral, peritumoral, inhalesional, or perilesional routes, to exert local as well as systemic therapeutic effects. The inkaperitoneal route is expected to be particularly useful, for example, in the keatment of ovarian tumors.

If a peptide or small molecule is employed as an antagonist or agonist, it is preferably administered orally or non-orally in the form ofa liquid or solid to mammals.

Examples of pharmacologically acceptable salts of molecules that form salts and are useful hereunder include alkali metal salts (e.g. , sodium salt, potassium salt), alkaline earth metal salts (e.g. , calcium salt, magnesium salt), ammonium salts, organic base salts (e.g., pyridine salt, triethylamine salt), inorganic acid salts (e.g., hydrochloride, sulfate, nikate), and salts of organic acid (e.g., acetate, oxalate, p-toluenesulfonate).

For compositions herein that are useful for bone, cartilage, tendon, or ligament regeneration, the therapeutic method includes administering the composition topically, systemically, or locally as an implant or device. When administered, the therapeutic composition for use is in a pyrogen-free, physiologically acceptable form. Further, the composition may deskably be encapsulated or injected in a viscous form for delivery to the site of bone, cartilage, or tissue damage. Topical adminiskation may be suitable for wound healing and tissue repak. Preferably, for bone and/or cartilage formation, the composition would include a matrix capable of delivering the protein-containing composition to the site of bone and or cartilage damage, providing a structure for the developing bone and cartilage and preferably capable of being resorbed into the body. Such makices may be formed of materials presently in use for other implanted medical applications.

The choice of mahix material is based on biocompatibility, biodegradability, mechanical properties, cosmetic appearance, and interface properties. The particular application of the compositions will define the appropriate formulation. Potential matrices for the compositions may be biodegradable and chemically defined calcium sulfate, tricalcium phosphate, hydroxyapatite, polylactic acid, polyglycolic acid, and polyanhydrides. Other potential materials are biodegradable and biologically well-defined, such as bone or dermal collagen. Further matrices are comprised of pure proteins or exkacellular akix components. Other potential matrices are nonbiodegradable and chemically defined, such as sintered hydroxyapatite, bioglass, aluminates, or other ceramics.

Matrices may be comprised of combinations of any of the above-mentioned types of material, such as polylactic acid and hydroxyapatite or collagen and tricalcium phosphate. The bioceramics may be altered in composition, such as in calcium-aluminate-phosphate and processing to alter pore size, particle size, particle shape, and biodegradability. One specific embodiment is a 50:50 (mole weight) copolymer of lactic acid and glycolic acid in the form of porous particles having diameters ranging from 150 to 800 microns. In some applications, it will be useful to utilize a sequestering agent, such as carboxymethyl cellulose or autologous blood clot, to prevent the polypeptide compositions from disassociating from the matrix.

One suitable family of sequestering agents is cellulosic materials such as alkylcelluloses (including hydroxyalkylcelluloses), including methylcellulose, ethylcellulose, hydoxyethylcellulose, hydroxypropylcellulose, hydroxypropyhnethylcellulose, and carboxymethylcellulose, one preferred being cationic salts of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC). Other preferred sequestering agents include hyaluronic acid, sodium alginate, poly(ethylene glycol), polyoxyethylene oxide, carboxyvinyl polymer, and poly(vinyl alcohol). The amount of sequestering agent useful herein is 0.5-20 wt%, preferably 1-10 wt%, based on total formulation weight, which represents tlie amount necessary to prevent desorption of the polypeptide (or its antagonist) from the polymer makix and to provide appropriate handling of the composition, yet not so much that the progenitor cells are prevented from infilkating the makix, thereby providing the polypeptide (or its antagonist) the opportunity to assist the osteogenic activity of the progenitor cells.

5.2.4.12. Combination Therapies The effectiveness of the PRO polypeptide or an agonist or antagonist thereof in preventing or keating the disorder in question may be improved by administering the active agent serially or in combhiation with another agent that is effective for those purposes, either in the same composition or as separate compositions.

For example, for keatment of cardiac hypertrophy, PRO polypeptide therapy can be combined with the adminiskation of inhibitors of known cardiac myocyte hypertrophy factors, e.g. , inhibitors of α-adrenergic agonists such as phenylephrine; endothelin- 1 inhibitors such as BOSENTAN™ and MOXONODIN™; inhibitors to CT- 1 (U.S. Pat. No. 5,679,545); inhibitors to LJF; ACE inhibitors; des-aspartate-angiotensin I inhibitors (U.S. Pat. No. 5,773,415), and angiotensin II inhibitors.

For keaknent of cardiac hypertrophy associated with hypertension, the PRO polypeptide can be administered in combination with β-adrenergic receptor blocking agents, e.g., propranolol, timolol, tertalolol, carteolol, nadolol, betaxolol, penbutolol, acetobutolol, atenolol, metoprolol, or carvedilol; ACE inhibitors, e.g., quinapril, captopril, enalapril, ramipril, benazepril, fosinopril, or lisinopril; diuretics, e.g., chlorotliiazide, hydrochlorothiazide, hydroflumethazide, methylchlotliiazide, benzthiazide, dichlorphenamide, acetazolamide, or indapamide; and/or calcium channel blockers, e.g. , diltiazem, nifedipine, verapamil, or nicardipine. Pharmaceutical compositions comprising the therapeutic agents identified herein by thek generic names are commercially available, and are to be administered following the manufacturers' instructions for dosage, adminiskation, adverse effects, conkaindications, etc. See, e.g.. Physicians' Desk Reference (Medical Economics Data Production Co.: Montvale, N.J., 1997), 51th Edition.

Preferred candidates for combination therapy in the keatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are β- adrenergic-blocking drugs (e.g., propranolol, timolol, tertalolol, carteolol, nadolol, betaxolol, penbutolol, acetobutolol, atenolol, metoprolol, or carvedilol), verapamil, difedipine, or diltiazem. Treatment of hypertrophy associated with high blood pressure may requke the use of antihypertensive drug therapy, using calcium channel blockers, e.g., diltiazem, nifedipine, verapamil, or nicardipine; β-adrenergic blocking agents; diuretics, e.g., chlorothiazide, hydrochlorothiazide, hydroflumethazide, methylchlotliiazide, benzthiazide, dichloφhenamide, acetazolamide, or indapamide; and/or ACE- inhibitors, e.g., quinapril, captopril, enalapril, ramipril, benazepril, fosinopril, or lisinopril.

For other indications, PRO polypeptides or their agonists or antagonists may be combined with other agents beneficial to the keatment of the bone and/or cartilage defect, wound, or tissue in question. These agents include various growth factors such as EGF, PDGF, TGF-α or TGF-β, IGF, FGF, and CTGF.

In addition, PRO polypeptides or thek agonists or antagonists used to keat cancer maybe combined with cytotoxic, chemotherapeutic, or growth-inhibitory agents as identified above. Also, for cancer keatment, the PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereof is suitably administered serially or in combination with radiological keatments, whether involving irradiation or adminiskation of radioactive substances.

The effective amounts of the therapeutic agents administered in combination with the PRO polypeptide or agonist or antagonist thereof will be at tlie physician's or veterinarian's discretion. Dosage adminiskation and adjustment is done to achieve maximal management of the conditions to be keated. For example, for keating hypertension, tliese amounts ideally take into account use of diuretics or digitalis, and conditions such as hyper- or hypotension, renal impairment, etc. The dose will additionally depend on such factors as the type of the therapeutic agent to be used and the specific patient being keated. Typically, the amount employed will be the same dose as that used, if the given therapeutic agent is administered without the PRO polypeptide. 5.2.4.13. Articles of Manufacture

An article of manufacture such as a kit containing the PRO polypeptide or agonists or antagonists thereof useful for the diagnosis or keatment of the disorders described above comprises at least a container and a label.

Suitable containers include, for example, bottles, vials, syringes, and test tubes. The containers may be formed from a variety of materials such as glass or plastic. The container holds a composition that is effective for diagnosing or keating the condition and may have a sterile access port (for example, the container may be an inkavenous solution bag or a vial having a stopper pierceable by a hypodermic injection needle). The active agent in the composition is the PRO polypeptide or an agonist or antagonist thereto. The label on, or associated with, the container indicates that tlie composition is used for diagnosing or keating the condition of choice. The article of manufacture may further comprise a second container comprising a pharmaceutically-acceptable buffer, such as phosphate-buffered saline, Ringer's solution, and dexkose solution. It may further include other materials deskable from a commercial and user standpoint, including other buffers, diluents, filters, needles, syringes, and package inserts with instructions for use. The article of manufacture may also comprise a second or thkd container with another active agent as described above.

5.2.5. Antibodies

Some of the mostpromising drug candidates according to the present invention are antibodies and antibody fragments that may inhibit the production or the gene product of the genes identified herein and/or reduce the activity of tlie gene products.

5.2.5.1. Polyclonal Antibodies Methods of preparing polyclonal antibodies are known to the skilled artisan. Polyclonal antibodies can be raised in a mammal, for example, by one or more injections of an immunizing agent and, if desked, an adjuvant. Typically, the immunizing agent and/or adjuvant will be injected in the mammal by multiple subcutaneous or inkaperitoneal injections. The immunizing agent may include the PRO polypeptide or a fusion protein thereof. It may be useful to conjugate the immunizing agent to a protein known to be immunogenic in the mammal being immunized. Examples of such immunogenic protems include, but are not limited to, keyhole limpet hemocyanin, semm albumin, bovine fhyroglobulin, and soybean trypsin inhibitor. Examples of adjuvants that may be employed include Freund's complete adjuvant and MPL-TDM adjuvant (monophosphoryl Lipid A or synthetic kehalose dicorynomycolate). The immunization protocol may be selected by one skilled in the art without undue experimentation.

5.2.5.2. Monoclonal Antibodies

The anti-PRO antibodies may, alternatively, be monoclonal antibodies. Monoclonal antibodies may be prepared using hybridoma methods, such as those described by Kohler and Milstein, Nature. 256:495 (1975). In a hybridoma method, a mouse, hamster, or other appropriate host animal is typically immunized with an immunizing agent to elicit lymphocytes that produce or are capable of producing antibodies that will specifically bind to the immunizing agent. Alternatively, the lymphocytes may be krimunized in vitro.

The immunizing agent will typically include tlie PRO polypeptide or a fusion protehi thereof. Generally, either peripheral blood lymphocytes ("PBLs") are used if cells of human origin are desked, or spleen cells or lymph node cells are used if non-human mammalian sources are desked. The lymphocytes are then fused with an immortalized cell line using a suitable fusing agent, such as polyethylene glycol, to form a hybridoma cell. Goding, Monoclonal Antibodies: Principles and Practice (New York: Academic Press. 1986), pp.59-103. Immortalized cell lines are usually kansformed mammalian cells, particularly myeloma cells of rodent, bovine, and human origin. Usually, rat or mouse myeloma cell lines are employed. The hybridoma cells may be cultured in a suitable culture medium that preferably contains one or more substances that inhibit the growth or survival of the unfused, immortalized cells. For example, if the parental cells lack the enzyme hypoxanthine guanine phosphoribosyl kansferase (HGPRT or HPRT), the culture medium for the hybridomas typically will include hypoxanthine, aminopterin, and thymidine ("HAT medium"), which substances prevent the growth of HGPRT-deficient cells.

Preferred immortalized cell lines are those that fuse efficiently, support stable high-level expression of antibody by the selected antibody-producing cells, and are sensitive to a medium such as HAT medium. More preferred immortalized cell lines are murine myeloma lines, which can be obtained, for instance, from the Salk Institute Cell Diskibution Center, San Diego, California and the American Type Culture Collection, Manassas, Vkginia. Human myeloma and mouse-human heteromyeloma cell lines also have been described for the production of human monoclonal antibodies. Kozbor, J. Immunol.. 133:3001 (1984); Brodeur et al, Monoclonal Antibody Production Techniques and Applications (Marcel Dekker, Inc.: New York, 1987) pp. 51-63.

The culture medium in which the hybridoma cells are cultured can then be assayed for the presence of monoclonal antibodies dkected against the PRO polypeptide. Preferably, the binding specificity of monoclonal antibodies produced by the hybridoma cells is determined by immunoprecipitation or by an in vitro binding assay, such as radioimmunoassay (RIA) or enzyme-linked immunoabsorbent assay (ELISA). Such techniques and assays are known in the art. The binding affinity of the monoclonal antibody can, for example, be determined by the

Scatchard analysis of Munson and Pollard, Anal. Biochem.. 107:220 (1980).

After the desked hybridoma cells are identified, the clones may be subcloned by limiting dilution procedures and grown by standard methods. Goding, supra. Suitable culture media for this purpose include, for example, Dulbecco's Modified Eagle's Medium and RPMI-1640 medium. Alternatively, the hybridoma cells may be grown in vivo as ascites in a mammal.

The monoclonal antibodies secreted by the subclones may be isolated or purified from the culture medium or ascites fluid by conventional immunoglobulin purification procedures such as, for example, protein A-Sepharose, hydroxylapatite chromatography, gel eleckophoresis, dialysis, or affinity chromatography.

The monoclonal antibodies may also be made by recombinant DNA methods, such as those described in U.S. Patent No.4,816,567. DNA encoding the monoclonal antibodies of tlie invention can be readily isolated and sequenced using conventional procedures (e.g., by using oligonucleotide probes that are capable of binding specifically to genes encoding the heavy and light chains of murine antibodies). The hybridoma cells of the invention serve as a preferred source of such DNA. Once isolated, the DNA may be placed into expression vectors, which are then kansfected into host cells such as simian COS cells, Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, or myeloma cells that do not otherwise produce immunoglobulin protein, to obtain the synthesis of monoclonal antibodies in the recombinant host cells. The DNA also may be modified, for example, by substituting the coding sequence for human heavy- and light-chain constant domains in place of the homologous murine sequences (U.S. Patent No.

4,816,567; Morrison et al, supra) or by covalently joining to the immunoglobulin coding sequence all or part of the coding sequence for a non-immunoglobulin polypeptide. Such a non-immunoglobulin polypeptide can be substituted for the constant domains of an antibody of the invention, or can be substituted for the variable domains of one antigen-combining site of an antibody of the invention to create a chimeric bivalent antibody. The antibodies may be monovalent antibodies. Methods for preparing monovalent antibodies are well known in the art. For example, one method involves recombinant expression of immunoglobulin light chain and modified heavy chain. The heavy chain is truncated generally at any point in the Fc region so as to prevent heavy- chain crosslinking. Alternatively, the relevant cysteine residues are substituted with another amino acid residue or are deleted so as to prevent crosslinking. In vitro methods are also suitable for preparing monovalent antibodies. Digestion of antibodies to produce fragments thereof, particularly Fab fragments, can be accomplished using routine techniques known in the art.

5.2.5.3. Human and Humanized Antibodies The anti-PRO antibodies may further comprise humanized antibodies or human antibodies. Humanized forms of non-human (e.g. , murine) antibodies are chimeric immunoglobulins, immunoglobulin chains, or fragments thereof (such as Fv, Fab, Fab', F(ab')2j or other antigen-binding subsequences of antibodies) that contain minimal sequence derived from non-human immunoglobulin. Humanized antibodies include human immunoglobulins (recipient antibody) in which residues from a CDR of the recipient are replaced by residues from a CDR ofa non- human species (donor antibody) such as mouse, rat, or rabbit having the desked specificity, affinity, and capacity. In some instances, Fv framework residues of the human immunoglobulin are replaced by corresponding non-human residues. Humanized antibodies may also comprise residues that are found neither in the recipient antibody nor in the imported CDR or framework sequences. In general, the humanized antibody will comprise substantially all of at least one, and typically two, variable domains, in which all or substantially all of the CDR regions correspond to those of a non-human immunoglobulin, and all or substantially all of the FR regions are those of a human immunoglobulin consensus sequence. The humanized antibody preferably also will comprise at least a portion of an immunoglobulin constant region (Fc), typically that ofa human immunoglobulin. Jones et al. , Nature, 321: 522-

525 (1986); Riechmann et al, Nature. 332: 323-329 (1988); Presta, Curr. Op. Struct. Biol. 2:593-596 (1992).

Methods for humanizing non-human antibodies are well known in the art. Generally, a humanized antibody has one or more amino acid residues hikoduced into it from a source that is non-human. These non-human amino acid residues are often referred to as "import" residues, which are typically taken from an "import" variable domain. Humanization can be essentially performed following the method of Winter and co-workers (Jones et al. ,

Nature, 321: 522-525 (1986); Riechmann etal. Nature, 332: 323-327 (1988); Verhoeyen et al. Science, 239: 1534- 1536 (1988)), by substituting rodent CDRs or CDR sequences for the corresponding sequences of a human antibody. Accordingly, such "humanized" antibodies are chimeric antibodies (U.S. Patent No.4,816,567), wherein substantially less than an intact human variable domain has been substituted by the corresponding sequence from a non-human species. In practice, humanized antibodies are typically human antibodies in which some CDR residues and possibly some FR residues are substituted by residues from analogous sites in rodent antibodies.

Human antibodies can also be produced using various techniques known in the art, including phage display libraries. Hoogenboom and Winter, J. Mol. Biol.. 227: 381 (1991); Marks et al, J. Mol. Biol.. 222: 581 (1991). The techniques of Cole et al. and Boerner et al. are also available for the preparation of human monoclonal antibodies. Cole et al. , Monoclonal Antibodies and Cancer Therapy, Alan R. Liss. p. 77 (1985) andBoernereiα/., J. Immunol.. 147(1): 86-95 (1991). Similarly, human antibodies can be made by hikoducing human immunoglobulin loci into kansgenic animals, e.g. , mice in which the endogenous immunoglobulin genes have been partially or completely inactivated. Upon challenge, human antibody production is observed that closely resembles that seen in humans in all respects, including gene rearrangement, assembly, and antibody repertoke. This approach is described, for example, in U.S. Patent Nos. 5,545,807; 5,545,806; 5,569,825; 5,625,126; 5,633,425; and 5,661 ,016, and in the following scientific publications: Marks et al, Bio/Technology, 1_0: 779-783 (1992); Lonberg etal, Nature, 368: 856-859 (1994); Morrison. Nature.368: 812-813 (1994); Fishwilde^/., Nature Biotechnology. 14: 845-851 (1996); Neuberger, Nature Biotechnology. 14: 826 (1996); Lonberg and Huszar, Intern. Rev. Immunol. 13: 65-93 (1995).

5.2.5.4. Bispecific Antibodies Bispecific antibodies are monoclonal, preferably human or humanized, antibodies that have binding specificities for at least two different antigens. In the present case, one of the binding specificities is for the PRO polypeptide, the other one is for any other antigen, and preferably for a cell-surface protein or receptor or receptor subunit.

Methods for making bispecific antibodies are known in the art. Traditionally, the recombinant production of bispecific antibodies is based on the co-expression of two immunoglobulin heavy-chain/light-chain paks, where the two heavy chains have different specificities. Milstein and Cuello, Nature. 305: 537-539 (1983). Because of the random assortment of immunoglobulin heavy and light chains, these hybridomas (quadromas) produce a potential mixture often different antibody molecules, of which only one has the correct bispecific structure. The purification of the correct molecule is usually accomplished by affinity chromatography steps. Similar procedures are disclosed in WO 93/08829, published 13 May 1993, and in Traunecker et al, EMBO L, 10: 3655-3659 (1991).

Antibody variable domahis with the desked binding specificities (antibody-antigen combining sites) can be fused to immunoglobulin constant-domain sequences. The fusion preferably is with an immunoglobulin heavy- chain constant domain, comprising at least part of the hinge, CH2, and CH3 regions. It is preferred to have the first heavy-chain constant region (CHI) containing the site necessary for light-chain binding present in at least one of the fusions. DNAs encoding the immunoglobulin heavy-chain fusions and, if desked, the immunoglobulin light chain, are inserted into separate expression vectors, and are co-kansfected into a suitable host organism. For further details of generating bispecific antibodies, see, for example, Suresh et al, Methods in Enzymology, 121: 210 (1986).

5.2.5.5. Heteroconiugate Antibodies

Heteroconjugate antibodies are composed of two covalently joined antibodies. Such antibodies have, for example, been proposed to target immune-system cells to unwanted cells (U.S. Patent No. 4,676,980), and for keatment of HIV infection. WO 91/00360; WO 92/200373; EP 03089. It is contemplated that the antibodies may be prepared in vitro using known methods in synthetic protein chemistry, including those involving crosslinking agents. For example, immunotoxins may be constructed using a disulfide-exchange reaction or by forming a thioether bond. Examples of suitable reagents for this purpose include iminothiolate and methyl-4- mercaptobutyrimidate and those disclosed, for example, in U.S. Patent No. 4,676,980.

5.2.5.6. Effector Function Engineering

It may be deskable to modify the antibody of the invention with respect to effector function, so as to enhance, e.g., the effectiveness of the antibody in keating cancer. For example, cysteine residue(s) may be inkoduced into the Fc region, thereby allowing interchain disulfide bond formation in this region. The homodimeric antibody thus generated may have improved internalization capability and/or increased complement- mediated cell killing and antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC). See, Caron et al, J. Exp. Med.. 176: 1191-1195 (1992) and Shopes, J. Immunol.. 148: 2918-2922 (1992). Homodimeric antibodies with enhanced anti- tumor activity may also be prepared using heterobifunctional cross-linkers as described in Wolff et al, Cancer Research. 53: 2560-2565 (1993). Alternatively, an antibody can be engineered that has dual Fc regions and may thereby have enhanced complement lysis and ADCC capabilities. See, Stevenson et a , Anti-Cancer Drag Design.

3: 219-230 (1989).

5.2.5.7. Immunoconiugates

The invention also pertains to immunoconjugates comprising an antibody conjugated to a cytotoxic agent such as a chemotherapeutic agent, toxin (e.g., an enzymatically active toxin of bacterial, fungal, plant, or animal origin, or fragments thereof), or a radioactive isotope (i.e., a radioconjugate).

Chemotherapeutic agents useful in the generation of such immunoconjugates have been described above. Enzymatically active toxins and fragments tliereof that can be used include diphtheria A chain, nonbinding active fragments of diphtheria toxin, exotoxin A chain (from Pseudomonas aeruginosa), ricin A chain, abrin A chain, modeccin A chain, alpha-sarcin, Aleurites fordii protehis, dianthin proteins, Phytolaca americana proteins (PAPI, PAPII, and PAP-S), momordica charantia inhibitor, curcin, crotin, sapaonaria officinalis inhibitor, gelonin, mitogellin, reskictocin, phenomycin, enomycin, and the tricothecenes. A variety of radionuclides are available for the production of radioconjugated antibodies. Examples include 212Bi, I311, 131In, 90Y, and 186Re.

Conjugates of the antibody and cytotoxic agent are made using a variety of bifunctional protein-coupling agents such as N-succinimidyl-3-(2-pyridyldithiol) propionate (SPDP), iminofhiolane (IT), bifunctional derivatives of imidoesters (such as dimethyl adipimidate HC1), active esters (such as disuccinimidyl suberate), aldehydes (such as glutaraldehyde), bis-azido compounds (such as bis (p-azidobenzoyl) hexanediamine), bis-diazonium derivatives (such as bis-(p-diazoniumbenzoyl)-etlιylenediamine), diisocyanates (such as tolyene 2,6-diisocyanate), and bis- active fluorine compounds (such as l,5-difluoro-2,4-dinikobenzene). For example, a ricin immunotoxin can be prepared as described in Vitetta et al, Science. 238: 1098 (1987). Carbon- 14-labeled l-isothiocyanatobenzyl-3- methyldiethylene kiamhiepentaacetic acid (MX-DTPA) is an exemplary chelating agent for conjugation of radionucleotide to the antibody. See, WO94/11026.

In another embodiment, the antibody may be conjugated to a "receptor" (such as sheptavidin) for utilization in tumor pretargeting wherein the antibody-receptor conjugate is administered to the patient, followed by removal of unbound conjugate from tlie ckculation using a clearing agent and then adminiskation ofa "ligand"

(e.g., avidin) that is conjugated to a cytotoxic agent (e.g., a radionucleotide).

5.2.5.8. Immunoliposomes

The antibodies disclosed herein may also be formulated as immunoliposomes. Liposomes containing the antibody are prepared by methods known in the art, such as described in Epstein et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 82: 3688 (1985); Hwang et al, Proc Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 77: 4030 (1980); and US. Pat. Nos. 4,485,045 and

4,544,545. Liposomes with enhanced ckculation time are disclosed in U.S. Patent No. 5,013,556.

Particularly useful liposomes can be generated by the reverse-phase evaporation method with a lipid composition comprising phosphatidylcholine, cholesterol, and PEG-derivatized phosphatidylethanolamine (PEG- PE). Liposomes are extruded through filters of definedpore size to yield liposomes with the desked diameter. Fab' fragments of the antibody of the present invention can be conjugated to the liposomes as described in Martin et al,

J. Biol. Chem.. 257: 286-288 (1982) via a disulfide-interchange reaction. A chemotherapeutic agent (such as Doxorubicin) is optionally contained within the liposome. See, Gabizon et al, J. National Cancer Inst. 81(191: 1484 (1989).

5.2.5.9. Pharmaceutical Compositions of Antibodies Antibodies specifically binding a PRO polypeptide identified herein, as well as other molecules identified by the screening assays disclosed hereinbefore, can be administered for the keatment of various disorders as noted above and below in the form of pharmaceutical compositions.

If the PRO polypeptide is inkacellular and whole antibodies are used as inhibitors, internalizing antibodies are preferred. However, lipofections or liposomes can also be used to deliver the antibody, or an antibody fragment, into cells. Where antibody fragments are used, the smallest inhibitory fragment that specifically binds to the binding domain of the target protein is preferred. For example, based upon the variable-region sequences of an antibody, peptide molecules can be designed that retain the ability to bind the target protein sequence. Such peptides can be synthesized chemically and/or produced by recombinant DNA technology. See, e.g., Marasco et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 90: 7889-7893 (1993). The formulation herein may also contain more than one active compound as necessary for the particular indication being keated, preferably those with complementary activities that do not adversely affect each other.

Alternatively, or in addition, the composition may comprise an agent that enhances its function, such as, for example, a cytotoxic agent, cytokine, chemotherapeutic agent, or growth-inhibitory agent. Such molecules are suitably present in combination in amounts that are effective for the purpose intended.

The active ingredients may also be enkapped in microcapsules prepared, for example, by coacervation techniques or by interfacial polymerization, for example, hydroxymethylcellulose or gelatin-microcapsules and poly-(methyhnethacylate) microcapsules, respectively, in colloidal drag delivery systems (for example, liposomes, albumin microspheres, microemulsions, nano-particles, and nanocapsules) or in macroemulsions. Such techniques are disclosed in Remington's Pharmaceutical Sciences, supra.

The formulations to be used for in vivo adminiskation must be sterile. This is readily accomplished by filhation through sterile fiihation membranes.

Sustained-release preparations may be prepared. Suitable examples of sustained-release preparations include semipermeable makices of solid hydrophobic polymers containing the antibody, which matrices are in tlie form of shaped articles, e.g., films, or microcapsules. Examples of sustained-release makices include polyesters, hydrogels (for example, poly(2-hydroxyethyl-methacrylate), or poly(vinylalcohol)), polylactides (U.S. Pat. No.

3,773,919), copolymers of L-glutamic acid and γ ethyl-L-glutamate, non-degradable ethylene-vinyl acetate, degradable lactic acid-glycolic acid copolymers such as tlie LUPRON DEPOT ™ (injectable microspheres composed of lactic acid-glycolic acid copolymer and leuprolide acetate), and poly-D-(-)-3-hydroxybutyric acid. Wliile polymers such as ethylene-vinyl acetate and lactic acid-glycolic acid enable release of molecules for over

100 days, certain hydrogels release proteins for shorter time periods. When encapsulated antibodies remain in the body for a long time, they may denature or aggregate as a result of exposure to moisture at 37°C, resulting in a loss of biological activity and possible changes in immunogenicity. Rational skategies can be devised for stabilization depending on the mechanism involved. For example, if the aggregation mechanism is discovered to be intermolecular S-S bond formation through thio-disulfide interchange, stabilization may be achieved by modifying sulfhydryl residues, lyophilizing from acidic solutions, conholling moisture content, using appropriate additives, and developing specific polymer makix compositions.

5.2.5.10. Methods of Treatment using the Antibody It is contemplated that the antibodies to a PRO polypeptide may be used to keat various cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic conditions as noted above.

The antibodies are administered to a mammal, preferably a human, in accord with known methods, such as inkavenous adminiskation as a bolus or by continuous infusion over a period of time, by inkamuscular, inkaperitoneal, inkacerobrospinal, subcutaneous, inka-articular, inkasynovial, inkathecal, oral, topical, or inhalation routes. Inkavenous adminiskation of the antibody is preferred. Other therapeutic regimens may be combined with the adminiskation of the antibodies of the instant invention as noted above. For example, if the antibodies are to treat cancer, the patient to be keated with such antibodies may also receive radiation therapy. Alternatively, or in addition, a chemotherapeutic agent may be administered to the patient. Preparation and dosing schedules for such chemotherapeutic agents may be used according to manufacturers' instructions or as determined empkically by the skilled practitioner. Preparation and dosing schedules for such chemotherapy are also described in Chemoflierapy Service. Ed., M.C. Perry (Williams & Wilkins: Baltimore, MD, 1992). The chemotherapeutic agent may precede, or follow adminiskation of the antibody, or may be given simultaneously therewith. The antibody may be combined with an anti-eskogen compound such as tamoxifen or EVISTA™ or an anti-progesterone such as onapristone (see, EP 616812) in dosages known for such molecules.

If the antibodies are used for keating cancer, it may be deskable also to administer antibodies against other tumor-associated antigens, such as antibodies that bind to one or more of the ErbB2, EGFR, ErbB3, ErbB4, or

VEGF receptor(s). These also include the agents set forth above. Also, the antibody is suitably administered serially or in combination with radiological keatments, whether involvhig irradiation or adminiskation of radioactive substances. Alternatively, or in addition, two or more antibodies binding the same or two or more different antigens disclosed herein may be co-administered to the patient. Sometimes, it may be beneficial also to administer one or more cytokines to the patient. In a preferred embodiment, the antibodies herein are co- administered with a growth-inhibitory agent. For example, tlie growth-inhibitory agent may be administered first, followed by an antibody of the present hivention. However, simultaneous adminiskation or adminiskation of tlie antibody of the present invention first is also contemplated. Suitable dosages for tlie growth-inhibitory agent are those presently used and may be lowered due to the combined action (synergy) of the growth-inhibitory agent and the antibody herein.

In one embodiment, vascularization of tumors is attacked in combination therapy. The anti-PRO polypeptide antibody and another antibody (e.g., anti-VEGF) are administered to tumor-bearing patients at therapeutically effective doses as determined, for example, by observing necrosis of the tumor or its metastatic foci, if any. This therapy is continued until such time as no furtlier beneficial effect is observed or clinical examination shows no kace of tlie tumor or any metastatic foci. Then TNF is administered, alone or in combination with an auxiliary agent such as alpha-, beta-, or gamma-interferon, anti-HER2 antibody, heregulin, anti-heregulin antibody, D-factor, interleukin-1 (IL-1), interleukin-2 (IL-2), granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), or agents that promote microvascular coagulation in tumors, such as anti-protein C antibody, anti-protein S antibody, or C4b binding protein (see, WO 91/01753, published 21 February 1991), or heat or radiation. Since the auxiliary agents will vary in thek effectiveness, it is deskable to compare thek impact on the tumor by matrix screening in conventional fashion. The adminiskation of anti-PRO polypeptide antibody and TNF is repeated until the desked clinical effect is achieved. Alternatively, the anti-PRO polypeptide antibody is administered together with TNF and, optionally, auxiliary agent(s). In instances where solid tumors are found in the limbs or in other locations susceptible to isolation from the general ckculation, the therapeutic agents described herein are administered to the isolated tumor or organ. In other embodiments, a FGF or PDGF antagonist, such as an anti-FGF or an anti-PDGF neuhalizing antibody, is administered to the patient in conjunction with the anti-PRO polypeptide antibody. Treatment with anti-PRO polypeptide antibodies preferably may be suspended during periods of wound healing or deskable neovascularization.

For the prevention or keatment of cardiovascular, endothelial, and angiogenic disorder, the appropriate dosage of an antibody herein will depend on the type of disorder to be keated, as defined above, tlie severity and course of the disease, whether the antibody is administered for preventive or therapeutic purposes, previous therapy, the patient's clinical history and response to the antibody, and the discretion of the attending physician. The antibody is suitably administered to the patient at one time or over a series of keatments.

For example, depending on the type and severity of the disorder, about 1 μg/kg to 50 mg/kg (e.g., 0.1-20 mg/kg) of antibody is an initial candidate dosage for adminiskation to the patient, whether, for example, by one or more separate adminiskations, or by contmuous infusion. A typical daily or weekly dosage might range from about

1 μg/kg to 100 mg/kg or more, depending on the factors mentioned above. For repeated adminiskations over several days or longer, depending on the condition, the keatment is repeated or sustained until a desked suppression of disorder symptoms occurs. However, other dosage regimens may be useful. The progress of this therapy is easily monitored by conventional techniques and assays, including, for example, radiographic tumor imaging.

5.2.5.11. Articles of Manufacture with Antibodies

An article of manufacture containing a container with the antibody and a label is also provided. Such articles are described above, wherein the active agent is an anti-PRO antibody.

5.2.5.12. Diagnosis and Prognosis of Tumors using Antibodies If tlie indication for which the antibodies are used is cancer, while cell-surface proteins, such as growth receptors over expressed in certain tumors, are excellent targets for dmg candidates or tumor (e.g., cancer) keatment, the same proteins along with PRO polypeptides find additional use in the diagnosis and prognosis of tumors. For example, antibodies dkected against the PRO polypeptides may be used as tumor diagnostics or prognostics. For example, antibodies, including antibody fragments, can be used qualitatively or quantitatively to detect the expression of genes including the gene encoding the PRO polypeptide. The antibody preferably is equipped with a detectable, e.g., fluorescent label, and binding can be monitored by light microscopy, flow cytometry, fluorimeky, or other techniques known in the art. Such binding assays are performed essentially as described above. In situ detection of antibody binding to the marker gene products can be performed, for example, by immunofluorescence or immunoeleckon microscopy. For this purpose, a histological specimen is removed from the patient, and a labeled antibody is applied to it, preferably by overlaying the antibody on a biological sample. This procedure also allows for determining the diskibution of the marker gene product in the tissue examined. It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that a wide variety of histological methods are readily available for in situ detection. The following Examples are offered for illuskative purposes only, and are not intended to limit the scope of the present invention in any way.

The disclosures of all patent and literature references cited in the present specification are hereby incorporated by reference in thek entirety.

6. EXAMPLES

Commercially available reagents referred to in the Examples were used according to manufacturer's instructions unless otlierwise indicated. The source of those cells identified in the following Examples, and throughout the specification, by ATCC accession numbers is the American Type Culture Collection, Manassas, VA. Unless otherwise noted, the present invention uses standard procedures of recombinant DNA technology, such as those described hereinabove and in the following textbooks: Sambrook et al, supra; Ausubel et al, Current

Protocols inMolecular Biology (Green Publishing Associates and Wiley Interscience, N. Y., 1989); Innis et al, PCR Protocols: A Guide to Methods and Applications (Academic Press, Inc.: N.Y., 1990); Harlow et al, Antibodies: A Laboratory Manual (Cold Spring Harbor Press: Cold Spring Harbor, 1988); Gait, Oligonucleotide Synthesis (IRL Press: Oxford, 1984); Freshnev. Animal Cell Culture. 1987; Coliganef al, Current Protocols in Immunology, 1991.

6.1. EXAMPLE 1 : ExkacellularDomainHomology Screening to Identify NovelPolvpeptides and cDNA Encoding Therefor The exkacellular domain (ECD) sequences (including the secretion signal sequence, if any) from about 950 known secreted proteins from the Swiss-Prot public database were used to search EST databases. The EST databases included public databases (e.g., Dayhoff, GenBank), and proprietary databases (e.g. LJFESEQ®, Incyte Pharmaceuticals, Palo Alto, CA). The search was performed using the computer program BLAST or BLAST-2

(Altschul et al. Methods in Enzymology, 266:460-480 (1996)) as a comparison of the ECD protein sequences to a 6 frame kanslation of the EST sequences. Those comparisons with a BLAST score of 70 (or in some cases, 90) or greater that did not encode known proteins were clustered and assembled into consensus DNA sequences with the program "phrap" (Phil Green, University of Washington, Seattle, WA). Using this exkacellular domain homology screen, consensus DNA sequences were assembled relative to the other identified EST sequences using phrap. In addition, the consensus DNA sequences obtained were often (but not always) extended using repeated cycles of BLAST or BLAST-2 and phrap to extend the consensus sequence as far as possible using the sources of EST sequences discussed above.

Based upon the consensus sequences obtained as described above, oligonucleotides were then synthesized and used to identify by PCR a cDNA library that contained the sequence of interest and for use as probes to isolate a clone of the full-length coding sequence for a PRO polypeptide. Forward and reverse PCR primers generally range from 20 to 30 nucleotides and are often designed to give a PCR product of about 100- 1000 bp in length. The probe sequences are typically 40-55 bp in length. In some cases, additional oligonucleotides are synthesized when the consensus sequence is greater than about 1-1.5 kbp. In order to screen several libraries for a full-length clone, DNA from the libraries was screened by PCR amplification, as per Ausubel et al. , Current Protocols in Molecular Biology, with the PCR primer pak. A positive library was then used to isolate clones encoding the gene of interest using the probe oligonucleotide and one of the primer paks.

The cDNA libraries used to isolate the cDNA clones were constructed by standard methods using commercially available reagents such as those from Invikogen, San Diego, CA. The cDNA was primed with oligo dT containing a Notl site, linked with blunt to Sail hemikinased adaptors, cleaved with Notl, sized appropriately by gel eleckophoresis, and cloned in a defined orientation into a suitable cloning vector (such as pRKB or pRKD; pRK5B is a precursor of pRK5D that does not contain the Sfil site; see, Holmes et al, Science, 253:1278-1280 (1991)) in the unique Xhol and Notl sites.

6.2. EXAMPLE 2: Isolation of cDNA Clones by Amylase Screening 6.2.1. Preparation of oligo dT primed cDNA library mRNA was isolated from a human tissue of interest using reagents and protocols from Invikogen, San Diego, CA (Fast Track 2). This RNA was used to generate an oligo dT primed cDNA library in the vector pRK5D using reagents and protocols from Life Technologies, Gaithersburg, MD (Super Script Plasmid System). In this procedure, the double skanded cDNA was sized to greater than 1000 bp and the Sall/Notl linkered cDNA was cloned into Xhol/Notl cleaved vector. pRK5D is a cloning vector that has an sp6 hanscription initiation site followed by an Sfil restriction enzyme site preceding the Xhol/Notl cDNA cloning sites.

6.2.2. Preparation of random primed cDNA library

A secondary cDNA library was generated in order to preferentially represent the 5' ends of the primary cDNA clones. Sp6 RNA was generated from the primary library (described above), and this RNA was used to generate a random primed cDNA library in the vector pSST-AMY.O using reagents and protocols from Life

Technologies (Super Script Plasmid System, referenced above). In this procedure the double skanded cDNA was sized to 500-1000 bp, linkered with blunt to Notl adaptors, cleaved with Sfil, and cloned into Sfil Notl cleaved vector. pSST-AMY.O is a cloning vector that has a yeast alcohol dehydrogenase promoter preceding the cDNA cloning sites and the mouse amylase sequence (the mature sequence witliout the secretion signal) followed by the yeast alcohol dehydrogenase terminator, after the cloning sites. Thus, cDNAs cloned into this vector that are fused in frame with amylase sequence will lead to the secretion of amylase from appropriately fransfected yeast colonies.

6.2.3. Transformation and Detection

DNA from the library described in paragraph 2 above was chilled on ice to which was added eleckocompetent DH10B bacteria (Life Technologies, 20 ml). The bacteria and vector mixture was then eleckoporated as recommended by the manufacturer. Subsequently, SOC media (Life Technologies, 1 ml) was added and the mixture was incubated at 37°C for 30 minutes. The hansformants were then plated onto 20 standard 150 mm LB plates containing ampicillin and incubated for 16 hours (37°C). Positive colonies were scraped off the plates and the DNA was isolated from the bacterial pellet using standard protocols, e.g. , CsCl-gradient. The purified DNA was then carried on to the yeast protocols below. The yeast methods were divided into three categories: ( 1 ) Transformation of yeast with the plasmid/cDNA combined vector; (2) Detection and isolation of yeast clones secreting amylase; and (3) PCR amplification of the insert directly from the yeast colony and purification of the DNA for sequencing and further analysis.

The yeast skainused was HD56-5A (ATCC-90785). This shain has the following genotype: MAT alpha, ura3-52, leu2-3, leu2-l 12, his3-l 1, his3-15, MAL+, SUC+, GALΛ Preferably, yeast mutants can be employed that have deficient post-hanslational pathways. Such mutants may have kanslocation deficient alleles in seel 1 , secll, sec62, with truncated ,sec71 being most preferred. Alternatively, antagonists (including antisense nucleotides and/or ligands) which interfere with the normal operation of these genes, other proteins implicated in this post hanslation pathway (e.g., SEC61p, SEC72p, SEC62p, SEC63p, TDJlp or SSAlp-4p) or the complex formation of these proteins may also be preferably employed in combination with the amylase-expressing yeast.

Transformation was performed based on the protocol outlined by Gietz et al, Nucl. Acid. Res.. 20: 1425 (1992). Transformed cells were then inoculated from agar into YEPD complex media broth (100 ml) and grown overnight at 30°C. The YEPD broth was prepared as described in Kaiser et al, Methods in Yeast Genetics, Cold Spring Harbor Press, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, p. 207 (1994). The overnight culture was then diluted to about 2 x 10δ cells/ml (approx. OD600=0.1) into fresh YEPD broth (500 ml) and regrown to 1 x IO7 cells/ml (approx.

OD600=0.4-0.5).

The cells were then harvested and prepared for hansformation by kansfer into GS3 rotor bottles in a Sorval

GS3 rotor at 5,000 rpm for 5 minutes, the supernatant discarded, and then resuspended into sterile water, and cenkifuged again in 50 ml falcon tubes at 3,500 rpm in a Beckman GS-6KR centrifuge. The supernatant was discarded and the cells were subsequently washed with LiAc/TE (10 ml, 10 mM Tris-HCl, 1 mM EDTA pH 7.5,

100 mM Li2OOCCH3), and resuspended into LiAc/TE (2.5 ml).

Transformation took place by mixing the prepared cells (100 μl) with freshly denatured single skanded salmon testes DNA (Lofskand Labs, Gaifhersburg, MD) and hansforming DNA (1 μg, vol. < 10 μl) in microfuge tubes. The mixture was mixed briefly by vortexing, then 40% PEG/TE (600 μl, 40% polyethylene glycol-4000, 10 mM Tris-HCl, 1 mM EDTA, 100 mM Li2OOCCH3, pH 7.5) was added. This mixture was gently mixed and incubated at 30°C while agitating for 30 minutes. The cells were then heat shocked at 42°C for 15 minutes, and the reaction vessel centrifuged in a microfuge at 12,000 rpm for 5-10 seconds, decanted and resuspended into TE (500 μl, 10 mM Tris-HCl, 1 mM EDTA pH 7.5) followed by recenkifugation. The cells were then diluted into TE (1 ml) and aliquots (200 μl) were spread onto the selective media previously prepared in 150 mm growth plates (VWR).

Alternatively, instead of multiple small reactions, the kansformation was performed using a single, large scale reaction, wherein reagent amounts were scaled up accordingly.

The selective media used was a synthetic complete dexkose agar lacking uracil (SCD-Ura) prepared as described in Kaiser et al, Methods in Yeast Genetics. Cold Spring Harbor Press, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, p. 208- 210 (1994). Transformants were grown at 30°C for 2-3 days.

The detection of colonies secreting amylase was performed by including red starch in the selective growth media. Starch was coupled to the red dye (Reactive Red- 120, Sigma) as per the procedure described by Biely et al, Anal. Biochem.. 172:176-179 (1988). The coupled starch was incorporated into the SCD-Ura agar plates at a final concenkation of 0.15% (w/v), and was buffered with potassium phosphate to a pH of 7.0 (50-100 mM final concenkation).

The positive colonies were picked and sheaked across fresh selective media (onto 150 mm plates) in order to obtain well isolated and identifiable single colonies. Well isolated single colonies positive for amylase secretion were detected by dkect incorporation of red starch into buffered SCD-Ura agar. Positive colonies were determined by thek ability to break down starch resulting in a clear halo around the positive colony visualized dkectly.

6.2.4. Isolation of DNA by PCR Amplification When a positive colony was isolated, a portion of it was picked by a toothpick and diluted into sterile water (30 μl) in a 96 well plate. At this time, the positive colonies were either frozen and stored for subsequent analysis or immediately amplified. An aliquot of cells (5 μl) was used as a template for the PCR reaction in a 25 μl volume containing: 0.5 μl Klentaq (Clontech, Palo Alto, CA); 4.0 μl 10 mM dNTP's (Perkin Elmer-Cetus); 2.5 μl Kentaq buffer (Clontech); 0.25 μl forward oligo 1; 0.25 μl reverse oligo 2; 12.5 μl distilled water. The sequence of the forward oligonucleotide 1 was: 5'-TGTAAAACGACGGCCAGTTAAATAGACCTGCAATTATTAATCT-3' (SEQ ID NO:382)

The sequence of reverse oligonucleotide 2 was:

5'-CAGGAAACAGCTATGACCACCTGCACACCTGCAAATCCATT-3' (SEQ ID NO:383)

PCR was then performed as follows: a. Denature 92°C, 5 minutes b. 3 cycles of: Denature 92°C, 30 seconds

Anneal 59°C, 30 seconds Extend 72°C, 60 seconds c. 3 cycles of: Denature 92°C, 30 seconds

Anneal 57°C, 30 seconds Extend 72°C, 60 seconds d. 25 cycles of: Denature 92°C, 30 seconds

Anneal 55°C, 30 seconds Extend 72°C, 60 seconds e. Hold 4°C

The underlined regions of the oligonucleotides annealed to the ADH promoter region and the amylase region, respectively, and amplified a 307 bp region from vector pSST-AMY.O when no insert was present. Typically, the first 18 nucleotides of the 5' end of these oligonucleotides contained annealing sites for the sequencing primers. Thus, the total product of the PCR reaction from an empty vector was 343 bp. However, signal sequence-fused cDNA resulted in considerably longer nucleotide sequences. Following the PCR, an aliquot of the reaction (5 μl) was examined by agarose gel eleckophoresis in a 1% agarose gel using a Tris-Borate-EDTA (TBE) buffering system as described by Sambrook et al, supra. Clones resulting in a single skong PCR product larger than 400 bp were further analyzed by DNA sequencing after purification with a 96 QiaquickPCR clean-up column (Qiagen Inc., Chatsworth, CA).

6.3. EXAMPLE 3: Isolation of cDNA Clones Using Signal Algorithm Analysis Various polypeptide-encoding nucleic acid sequences were identified by applying a proprietary signal sequence finding algorithm developed by Genentech, Inc., (South San Francisco, CA) upon ESTs as well as clustered and assembled EST fragments from public (e.g., GenBank) and/or private (LIFESEQ®, Incyte Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Palo Alto, CA) databases. The signal sequence algorithm computes a secretion signal score based on the character of the DNA nucleotides surrounding tlie fkst and optionally the second methionine codon(s) (ATG) at the 5'-end of the sequence or sequence fragment under consideration. The nucleotides following the first ATG must code for at least 35 unambiguous amino acids without any stop codons. If the first ATG has the requked ammo acids, the second is not examined. If neither meets the requkement, the candidate sequence is not scored. In order to determine whether the EST sequence contains an authentic signal sequence, tlie DNA and corresponding amino acid sequences surrounding the ATG codon are scored using a set of seven sensors (evaluation parameters) known to be associated with secretion signals. Use of this algorithm resulted in the identification of numerous polypeptide-encoding nucleic acid sequences.

6.4. EXAMPLE 4: Isolation of cDNA clones Encoding Human PRO Polypeptides Using the techniques described in Examples 1 to 3 above, numerous full-length cDNA clones were identified as encoding PRO polypeptides as disclosed herein. These cDNAs were then deposited under the terms of the Budapest Treaty with the American Type Culture Collection, 10801 University Blvd., Manassas, VA

20110-2209, USA (ATCC) as shown in Table 7 below.

Table 7

Material ATCC Pep. No. Deposit Date

23330-1390 209775 4/14/1998

23339-1130 209282 9/18/1997

26846-1397 203406 10/27/1998

26847-1395 209772 4/14/1998

27865-1091 209296 9/23/1997

30868-1156 1437-PTA 3/2/2000

30871-1157 209380 10/16/1997

32286-1191 209385 10/16/1997

33089-1132 209262 9/16/1997

33092-1202 209420 10/28/1997 33100-1159 209377 10/16/1997

33223-1136 209264 9/16/1997

34392-1170 209526 12/10/1997

34431-1177 209399 10/17/1997

34433-1308 209719 3/31/1998

34434-1139 209252 9/16/1997

35600-1162 209370 10/16/1997

35673-1201 209418 10/28/1997

35880-1160 209379 10/16/1997

35918-1174 209402 10/17/1997

36350-1158 209378 10/16/1997

36638-1056 209456 11/12/1997

38268-1188 209421 10/28/1997

40370-1217 209485 11/21/1997

40628-1216 209432 11/7/1997

43316-1237 209487 11/21/1997

44196-1353 209847 5/6/1998

45409-2511 203579 1/12/1999

45419-1252 209616 2/5/1998

46777-1253 209619 2/5/1998

48336-1309 209669 3/11/1998

48606-1479 203040 7/1/1998

49435-1219 209480 11/21/1997

49631-1328 209806 4/28/1998

50919-1361 209848 5/6/1998

50920-1325 209700 3/26/1998

50921-1458 209859 5/12/1998

52758-1399 209773 4/14/1998

53517-1366-1 209802 4/23/1998

53915-1258 209593 1/21/1998

53974-1401 209774 4/14/1998

53987-1438 209858 5/12/1998

56047-1456 209948 6/9/1998

56050-1455 203011 6/23/1998

56110-1437 203113 8/11/1998

56405-1357 209849 5/6/1998

56433-1406 209857 5/12/1998 56439-1376 209864 5/14/1998

56529-1647 203293 9/29/1998

56865-1491 203022 6/23/1998

56965-1356 209842 5/6/1998

57033-1403-1 209905 5/27/1998

57037-1444 209903 5/27/1998

57039-1402 209777 4/14/1998

57689-1385 209869 5/14/1998

57690-1374 209950 6/9/1998

57694-1341 203017 6/23/1998

57695-1340 203006 6/23/1998

57699-1412 203020 6/23/1998

57700-1408 203583 1/12/1999

57708-1411 203021 6/23/1998

57838-1337 203014 6/23/1998

58847-1383 209879 5/20/1998

58852-1637 203271 9/22/1998

58853-1423 203016 6/23/1998

59212-1627 203245 9/9/1998

59220-1514 209962 6/9/1998

59493-1420 203050 7/1/1998

59497-1496 209941 6/4/1998

59586-1520 203288 9/29/1998

59588-1571 203106 8/11/1998

59620-1463 209989 6/16/1998

59622-1334 209984 6/16/1998

59777-1480 203111 8/11/1998

59848-1512 203088 8/4/1998

59849-1504 209986 6/16/1998

60621-1516 203091 8/4/1998

60622-1525 203090 8/4/1998

60764-1533 203452 11/10/1998

60783-1611 203130 8/18/1998

61755-1554 203112 8/11/1998

62306-1570 203254 9/9/1998

62312-2558 203836 3/9/1999

62814-1521 203093 8/4/1998 62872-1509 203100 8/4/1998

64883-1526 203253 9/9/1998

64886-1601 203241 9/9/1998

64889-1541 203250 9/9/1998

64896-1539 203238 9/9/1998

64897-1628 203216 9/15/1998

64903-1553 203223 9/15/1998

64908-1163-1 203243 9/9/1998

64950-1590 203224 9/15/1998

65402-1540 203252 9/9/1998

65404-1551 203244 9/9/1998

65405-1547 203476 11/17/1998

65410-1569 203231 9/15/1998

65412-1523 203094 8/4/1998

66307-2661 431-PTA 7/27/1999

66526-1616 203246 9/9/1998

66659-1593 203269 9/22/1998

66660-1585 203279 9/22/1998

66667-1596 203267 9/22/1998

66672-1586 203265 9/22/1998

66675-1587 203282 9/22/1998

67300-1605 203163 8/25/1998

68818-2536 203657 2/9/1999

68862-2546 203652 2/9/1999

68872-1620 203160 8/25/1998

71290-1630 203275 9/22/1998

73736-1657 203466 11/17/1998

73739-1645 203270 9/22/1998

73742-1662 203316 10/6/1998

76385-1692 203664 2/9/1999

76393-1664 203323 10/6/1998

76399-1700 203472 11/17/1998

76400-2528 203573 1/12/1999

76510-2504 203477 11/17/1998

76529-1666 203315 10/6/1998

76532-1702 203473 11/17/1998

76541-1675 203409 10/27/1998 77503-1686 203362 10/20/1998

77624-2515 203553 12/22/1998

79230-2525 203549 12/22/1998

79862-2522 203550 12/22/1998

80145-2594 204-PTA 6/8/1999

80899-2501 203539 12/15/1998

81754-2532 203542 12/15/1998

81757-2512 203543 12/15/1998

81761-2583 203862 3/23/1999

82358-2738 510-PTA 8/10/1999

82364-2538 203603 1/20/1999

82403-2959 2317-PTA 8/1/2000

83500-2506 203391 10/29/1998

83560-2569 203816 3/2/1999

84210-2576 203818 3/2/1999

84920-2614 203966 4/27/1999

86576-2595 203868 3/23/1999

92218-2554 203834 3/9/1999

92233-2599 134-PTA 5/25/1999

92256-2596 203891 3/30/1999

92265-2669 256-PTA 6/22/1999

92274-2617 203971 4/27/1999

92929-2534-1 203586 1/12/1999

93011-2637 20-PTA 5/4/1999

94854-2586 203864 3/23/1999

96787-2534-1 203589 1/12/1999

96867-2620 203972 4/27/1999

96872-2674 550-PTA 8/17/1999

96878-2626 23-PTA 5/4/1999

96889-2641 119-PTA 5/25/1999

100312-2645 44-PTA 5/11/1999

105782-2693 387-PTA 7/20/1999

105849-2704 473-PTA 8/3/1999

108725-2766 863-PTA 10/19/1999

108769-2765 861-PTA 10/19/1999

119498-2965 2298-PTA 7/25/2000

119535-2756 613-PTA 8/31/1999 125185-2806 1031-PTA 12/7/1999 131639-2874 1784-PTA 4/25/2000 139623-2893 1670-PTA 4/11/2000 143076-2787 1028-PTA 12/7/1999 143276-2975 2387-PTA 8/8/2000 164625-2890 1535-PTA 3/21/2000 167678-2963 2302-PTA 7/25/2000 170021-2923 1906-PTA 5/23/2000 170212-3000 2583-PTA 10/10/2000 177313-2982 2251-PTA 7/19/2000

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6 5 EXAMPLE 5: Isolation of cDNA clones Encoding Human PRQ1873. PRQ7223. PRQ7248.

PRO730. PRQ532. PRQ7261. PRQ734. PRQ771. PRO2010. PRQ5723.

PRQ3444. PRO9940. PRQ3562. PRO10008. PRO5730. PRO6008.

PRQ4527. PRQ4538 and PRQ4553

DNA molecules encoding the PR01873, PR07223, PR07248, PRO730, PR0532, PR07261, PR0734,

PR0771, PRO2010, PR05723, PR03444, PRO9940, PR03562, PRO10008, PRO5730, PRO6008, PR04527,

PR04538 and PR04553 polypeptides shown in the accompanying figures were obtained through GenBank.

6.6. EXAMPLE 6: Use of PRO as a Hybridization Probe

The following method describes use ofa nucleotide sequence encoding PRO as a hybridization probe. DNA comprising the coding sequence of full-length or mature PRO (as shown in accompanying figures) or a fragment thereof is employed as a probe to screen for homologous DNAs (such as those encoding naturally- occurring variants of PRO) in human tissue cDNA libraries or human tissue genomic libraries.

Hybridization and washing of filters containing either library DNAs is performed under tlie following high- shingency conditions. Hybridization of radiolabeled probe derived from the gene encoding PRO polypeptide to the filters is performed in a solution of 50% formamide, 5x SSC, 0.1% SDS, 0.1% sodium pyrophosphate, 50 mM sodium phosphate, pH 6.8, 2x Denhardt's solution, and 10% dexkan sulfate at 42°C for 20 hours. Washing of the filters is performed in an aqueous solution of O.lx SSC and 0.1% SDS at 42°C.

DNAs having a desked sequence identity with the DNA encoding full-length native sequence can then be identified using standard techniques known in the art.

6.7. EXAMPLE 7: Expression of PRO in E. coli

This example illuskates preparation of an unglycosylated form of PRO by recombinant expression in E. coli.

The DNA sequence encoding PRO is initially amplified using selected PCR primers. The primers should contain restriction enzyme sites which correspond to the restriction enzyme sites on the selected expression vector.

A variety of expression vectors may be employed. An example ofa suitable vector is pBR322 (derived from E. coli; see, Bolivar et al, Gene. 2:95 (1977)) which contains genes for ampicillin and tehacycline resistance. The vector is digested with restriction enzyme and dephosphorylated. The PCR amplified sequences are then ligated into the vector. The vector will preferably include sequences which encode for an antibiotic resistance gene, a tip promoter, apoly-His leader (including the fkst six STII codons, poly-His sequence, and enterokinase cleavage site), the PRO coding region, lambda kanscriptional terminator, and an argU gene.

The ligation mixture is then used to kansform a selected E. coli skain using the methods described in Sambrook et al, supra. Transformants are identified by thek ability to grow on LB plates and antibiotic resistant colonies are then selected. Plasmid DNA can be isolated and confirmed by restriction analysis and DNA sequencing.

Selected clones can be grown overnight in liquid culture medium such as LB broth supplemented with antibiotics. The overnight culture may subsequently be used to inoculate a larger scale culture. The cells are then grown to a desked optical density, during which the expression promoter is turned on.

After culturing the cells for several more hours, the cells can be harvested by cenhifugation. The cell pellet obtained by the cenhifugation can be solubilized using various agents known in the art, and the solubilized PRO protein can then be purified using a metal chelating column under conditions that allow tight binding of the protein.

PRO may be expressed in E. coli in a poly-His tagged form, using the following procedure. The DNA encoding PRO is initially amplified using selected PCR primers. The primers will contain reskiction enzyme sites which correspond to the reskiction enzyme sites on the selected expression vector, and other useful sequences providing for efficient and reliable translation initiation, rapid purification on a metal chelation column, and proteolytic removal with enterokinase. The PCR-amplified, poly-His tagged sequences are then ligated into an expression vector, which is used to hansform an E. coli host based on shain 52 (W3110 fuhA(tonA) Ion galE rpoHts(htpRts) clρP(ladq). Transformants are first grown in LB containing 50 mg/ml carbenicillin at 30°C with shaking until an OD600 of 3-5 is reached. Cultures are then diluted 50-100 fold into CRAP media (prepared by mixing 3.57 g (NH4)2S04, 0.71 g sodium cihate«2H20, 1.07 g KC1, 5.36 g Difco yeast exkact, 5.36 g Sheffield hycase SF in 500 ml water, as well as 110 mM MPOS, pH 7.3, 0.55% (w/v) glucose and 7 mM MgS04) and grown for approximately 20-30 hours at 30°C with shaking. Samples are removed to verify expression by SDS-PAGE analysis, and the bulk culture is cenhifuged to pellet the cells. Cell pellets are frozen until purification and refolding.

E. coli paste from 0.5 to 1 L fermentations (6-10 g pellets) is resuspended in 10 volumes (w/v) in 7 M guanidine, 20 mM Tris, pH 8 buffer. Solid sodium sulfite and sodium tekathionate is added to make final concenkations of 0.1M and 0.02 M, respectively, and the solution is stirred overnight at 4°C. This step results in a denatured protein with all cysteine residues blocked by sulfitolization. The solution is centrifuged at 40,000 rpm in a Beckman Ulhacentifuge for 30 min. The supernatant is diluted with 3-5 volumes of metal chelate column buffer (6 M guanidine, 20 mM Tris, pH 7.4) and filtered through 0.22 micron filters to clarify. The clarified exkact is loaded onto a 5 ml Qiagen Ni +-NTA metal chelate column equilibrated in the metal chelate column buffer. The column is washed with additional buffer containing 50 mM imidazole (Calbiochem, Ukol grade), pH 7.4. The protein is eluted with buffer containing 250 mM imidazole. Fractions containing the desked protein are pooled and stored at 4°C. Protein concenkation is estimated by its absorbance at 280 nm using the calculated extinction coefficient based on its amino acid sequence. The proteins are refolded by diluting the sample slowly into freshly prepared refolding buffer consisting of: 20 mM Tris, pH 8.6, 0.3 M NaCl, 2.5 M urea, 5 mM cysteine, 20 mM glycine and 1 mM EDTA. Refolding volumes are chosen so that the final protein concenkation is between 50 to 100 micrograms/ml. The refolding solution is stirred gently at 4°C for 12-36 hours. The refolding reaction is quenched by the addition of TFA to a final concenkation of 0.4% (pH of approximately 3). Before further purification of the protein, the solution is filtered through a 0.22 micron filter and acetonitrile is added to 2- 10% final concenkation. The refolded protein is chromatographed on a Poros Rl /H reversed phase column using a mobile buffer of 0.1 % TFA with elution with a gradient of acetonitrile from 10 to 80%. Aliquots of fractions with A280 absorbance are analyzed on SDS polyacrylamide gels and fractions containing homogeneous refolded protein are pooled. Generally, the properly refolded species of most proteins are eluted at the lowest concenkations of acetonitrile since those species are the most compact with thek hydrophobic interiors shielded from interaction with tlie reversed phase resin. Aggregated species are usually eluted at higher acetonitrile concenkations. In addition to resolving misfolded forms of proteins from the desked form, the reversed phase step also removes endotoxin from tlie samples.

Fractions containing the desked folded PRO polypeptide are pooled and the acetonitrile removed using a gentle skeam of nikogen dkected at the solution. Proteins are formulated into 20 mM Hepes, pH 6.8 with 0.14 M sodium chloride and 4% mannitol by dialysis or by gel filkation using G25 Superfine (Pharmacia) resins equilibrated in the formulation buffer and sterile filtered.

Many of the PRO polypeptides disclosed herein were successfully expressed as descibed above. 6.8. EXAMPLE 8: Expression of PRO in mammalian cells

This example illuskates preparation ofa potentially glycosylated form of PRO by recombinant expression in mammalian cells.

The vector, pRK5 (see EP 307,247, published March 15, 1989), is employed as the expression vector. Optionally, the PRO DNA is ligated into pRK5 with selected reskiction enzymes to allow insertion of the PRO

DNA using ligation methods such as described in Sambrook et al. , supra. The resulting vector is called pRK5-PRO.

In one embodiment, the selected host cells may be 293 cells. Human 293 cells (ATCC CCL 1573) are grown to confluence in tissue culture plates in medium such as DMEM supplemented with fetal calf serum and optionally, nutrient components and/or antibiotics. About 10 μg ρRK5-PRO DNA is mixed with about 1 μg DNA encoding the VARNA gene [Thimmappaya et al. , Cell, 31 :543 (1982)] and dissolved in 500 μl ofl mM Tris-HCl,

0.1 mM EDTA, 0.227 M CaCl2. To this mixture is added, dropwise, 500 μl of 50 mM HEPES (pH 7.35), 280 mM

NaCl, 1.5 mM NaP04, and a precipitate is allowed to form for 10 minutes at 25°C. The precipitate is suspended and added to the 293 cells and allowed to settle for about four hours at 37°C. The culture medium is aspkated off and 2 ml of 20% glycerol in PBS is added for 30 seconds. The 293 cells are then washed with serum free medium, fresh medium is added and the cells are incubated for about 5 days.

Approximately 24 hours after the kansfections, the culture medium is removed and replaced with culture medium (alone) or culture medium containing 200 μCi/ml 35S-cysteine and 200 μCi/ml 35S-methionine. After a 12 hour incubation, the conditioned medium is collected, concenkated on a spin filter, and loaded onto a 15% SDS gel. The processed gel may be dried and exposed to film for a selected period of time to reveal the presence of the PRO polypeptide. The cultures containing hansfected cells may undergo further incubation (in serum free medium) and tlie medium is tested in selected bioassays.

In an alternative technique, PRO may be inkoduced into 293 cells kansiently using the dexhan sulfate method described by Somparyrac et al, Proc Natl. Acad. Sci.. 12:7575 (1981). 293 cells are grown to maximal density in a spinner flask and 700 μg ρRK5-PRO DNA is added. The cells are first concenkated from the spinner flask by centrifugation and washed with PBS. The DNA-dexkan precipitate is incubated on the cell pellet for four hours. The cells are keated with 20% glycerol for 90 seconds, washed with tissue culture medium, and re- inkoduced into tlie spinner flask containing tissue culture medium, 5 μg/ml bovine insulin and 0.1 μg/ml bovine kansferrin. After about four days, the conditioned media is centrifuged and filtered to remove cells and debris. The sample containing expressed PRO can then be concenkated and purified by any selected method, such as dialysis and/or column chromatography.

In another embodiment, PRO can be expressed in CHO cells. The pRK5-PRO can be kansfected into CHO cells using known reagents such as CaP04 or DEAE-dexkan. As described above, the cell cultures can be incubated, and the medium replaced with culture medium (alone) or medium containing a radiolabel such as 35S- methionine. After determining the presence of a PRO polypeptide, the culture medium may be replaced with semm free medium. Preferably, the cultures are incubated for about 6 days, and then the conditioned medium is harvested. The medium containing the expressed PRO polypeptide can then be concenkated and purified by any selected method.

Epitope-tagged PRO may also be expressed in host CHO cells. The PRO may be subcloned out of the ρRK5 vector. The subclone insert can undergo PCR to fuse in frame with a selected epitope tag such as a poly-His tag into a Baculovkus expression vector. The poly-His tagged PRO insert can then be subcloned into a SV40 driven vector containing a selection marker such as DHFR for selection of stable clones. Finally, the CHO cells can be kansfected (as described above) with the SV40 driven vector. Labeling may be performed, as described above, to verify expression. The culture medium containing the expressed poly-His tagged PRO can then be concenkated and purified by any selected method, such as by Ni2+-chelate affinity chromatography. PRO may also be expressed in CHO and/or COS cells by a kansient expression procedure or in CHO cells by another stable expression procedure.

Stable expression in CHO cells is performed using the following procedure. The proteins are expressed as an IgG construct (immunoadhesin), in which the coding sequences for the soluble forms (e.g., exkacellular domains) of the respective proteins are fused to an IgGl constant region sequence containing the hinge, CH2 and CH2 domains and/or as a poly-His tagged form.

Following PCR amplification, the respective DNAs are subcloned in a CHO expression vector using standard techniques as described in Ausubel et al. , Current Protocols of Molecular Biology. Unit 3.16, John Wiley and Sons (1997). CHO expression vectors are constructed to have compatible reskiction sites 5' and 3' of the DNA of interest to allow the convenient shuttling of cDNA's. The vector used in expression in CHO cells is as described in Lucas et al, Nucl. Acids Res.. 24:9 (1774-1779 (1996), and uses the SV40 early promoter/enhancer to drive expression of the cDNA of interest and dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR). DHFR expression permits selection for stable maintenance of the plasmid following kansfection.

Twelve micrograms of the desked plasmid DNA is inkoduced into approximately 10 million CHO cells using commercially available kansfection reagents Superfect® (Qiagen), Dosper® or Fugene® (Boehringer Mannheim). The cells are grown as described in Lucas et al. , supra. Approximately 3 x 107 cells are frozen in an ampule for further growth and production as described below.

The ampules containing the plasmid DNA are thawed by placement into a water bath and mixed by vortexing. The contents are pipetted into a cenfrifuge tube containing 10 ml of media and centrifuged at 1000 rpm for 5 minutes. The supernatant is aspkated and tlie cells are resuspended in 10 ml of selective media (0.2 μm filtered PS20 with 5% 0.2 μm diafiltered fetal bovine semm). The cells are then aliquoted into a 100 ml spinner containing 90 ml of selective media. After 1-2 days, the cells are transferred into a 250 ml spinner filled with 150 ml selective growth medium and incubated at 37°C. After another 2-3 days, 250 ml, 500 ml and 2000 ml spinners are seeded with 3 x 105 cells/ml. The cell media is exchanged with fresh media by cenkifugation and resuspension in production medium. Although any suitable CHO media may be employed, a production medium described in U.S. Patent No. 5,122,469, issued June 16, 1992 may actually be used. A 3L production spinner is seeded at 1.2 x 106 cells/ml. On day 0, the cell number and pH is determined. On day 1 , the spinner is sampled and sparging with filtered ak is commenced. On day 2, the spinner is sampled, the temperature shifted to 33°C, and 30 ml of 500 g/L glucose and 0.6 ml of 10% antifoam (e.g., 35% polydimethylsiloxane emulsion, Dow Corning 365 Medical Grade Emulsion) taken. Throughout the production, the pH is adjusted as necessary to keep it at around 7.2. After 10 days, or until the viability drops below 70%), the cell culture is harvested by cenhifugation and filtering through a 0.22 μm filter. The filhate is either stored at 4°C or immediately loaded onto columns for purification. For the poly-His tagged constructs, tlie proteins are purified using a Ni 2+-NTA column (Qiagen). Before purification, imidazole is added to the conditioned media to a concenkation of 5 mM. The conditioned media is pumped onto a 6 ml Ni 2+-NTA column equilibrated in 20 mM Hepes, pH 7.4, buffer containing 0.3 M NaCl and 5 mM imidazole at a flow rate of 4-5 ml/min. at 4°C. After loading, the column is washed with additional equilibration buffer and the protein eluted with equilibration buffer containing 0.25 M imidazole. The highly purified protein is subsequently desalted into a storage buffer containing 10 mM Hepes, 0.14 M NaCl and 4% mannitol, pH 6.8, with a 25 ml G25 Superfine (Pharmacia) column and stored at -80°C.

Immunoadhesin (Fc-containing) constructs are purified from the conditioned media as follows. The conditioned medium is pumped onto a 5 ml Protein A column (Pharmacia) which has been equilibrated in 20 mM Na phosphate buffer, pH 6.8. After loading, the column is washed extensively with equilibration buffer before elution with 100 mM cihic acid, pH 3.5. The eluted protein is immediately neukalized by collecting 1 ml fractions into tubes containing 275 μl of 1 M Tris buffer, pH 9. The highly purified protein is subsequently desalted into storage buffer as described above for the poly-His tagged proteins. The homogeneity is assessed by SDS polyacrylamide gels and by N-terminal amino acid sequencing by Edman degradation.

Many of the PRO polypeptides disclosed herein were successfully expressed as descibed above.

6.9. EXAMPLE 9: Expression of PRO in Yeast

The following method describes recombinant expression of PRO in yeast.

Fkst, yeast expression vectors are constructed for inhacellular production or secretion of PRO from the ADH2/GAPDH promoter. DNA encoding PRO and the promoter is inserted into suitable restriction enzyme sites in the selected plasmid to dkect inkacellular expression of PRO. For secretion, DNA encoding PRO can be cloned into the selected plasmid, together with DNA encoding the ADH2/GAPDH promoter, a native PRO signal peptide or other mammalian signal peptide, or, for example, a yeast alpha-factor or invertase secretory signal/leader sequence, and linker sequences (if needed) for expression of PRO.

Yeast cells, such as yeast shain AB 110, can then be transformed with the expression plasmids described above and cultured in selected fermentation media. The transformed yeast supernatants can be analyzed by precipitation with 10%o kichloroacetic acid and separation by SDS-PAGE, followed by staining of the gels with

Coomassie Blue stain.

Recombinant PRO can subsequently be isolated and purified by removing the yeast cells from the fermentation medium by cenhifugation and then concenhating the medium using selected cartridge filters. The concenkate containing PRO may further be purified using selected column chromatography resins. Many of the PRO polypeptides disclosed herein were successfully expressed as described above. 6.10. EXAMPLE 10: Expression of PRO in Baculovirus-infected Insect Cells

The following method describes recombinant expression in Baculovkus-infected insect cells.

The sequence coding for PRO is fused upskeam of an epitope tag contained within a baculovkus expression vector. Such epitope tags include poly-His tags and immunoglobulin tags (like Fc regions of IgG). A variety of plasmids may be employed, including plasmids derived from commercially available plasmids such as pVL1393 (Novagen). Briefly, the sequence encoding PRO or the desked portion of the coding sequence of PRO (such as the sequence encoding the exkacellular domain ofa kansmembrane protehi or the sequence encoding tlie mature protein if the protein is exkacellular) is amplified by PCR with primers complementary to the 5' and 3' regions. The 5' primer may incorporate flanking (selected) reskiction enzyme sites. The product is then digested with those selected restriction enzymes and subcloned into the expression vector.

Recombinant baculovkus is generated by co-kansfecting the above plasmid and BaculoGold™ vims DNA

0?harmingen) into Spodopterafrugiperda (" Sf9") cells (ATCC CRL 1711) using lipofectin (commercially available from GIBCO-BRL). After 4 - 5 days of incubation at 28°C, the released viruses are harvested and used for further amplifications. Viral infection and protein expression are performed as described by O'Reilley et al, Baculovims expression vectors: A Laboratory Manual. Oxford: Oxford University Press (1994).

Expressed poly-His tagged PRO can then be purified, for example, by Ni2+-chelate affinity chromatography as follows. Exkacts are prepared from recombinant virus-infected Sf9 cells as described by Rupert et al, Nature. 362:175-179 (1993). Briefly, Sf9 cells are washed, resuspended in sonication buffer (25 ml Hepes, pH 7.9; 12.5 mM MgCl2; 0.1 mM EDTA; 10% glycerol; 0.1% NP-40; 0.4 M KC1), and sonicated twice for 20 seconds on ice. The sonicates are cleared by cenkifugation, and the supernatant is diluted 50-fold in loading buffer (50 mM phosphate, 300 mM NaCl, 10% glycerol, pH 7.8) and filtered through a 0.45 μm filter. A Ni2+-NTA agarose column (commercially available from Qiagen) is prepared with a bed volume of 5 ml, washed with 25 ml of water and equilibrated with 25 ml of loading buffer. The filtered cell exkact is loaded onto the column at 0.5 ml per minute. The column is washed to baseline A280 with loading buffer, at which point fraction collection is started. Next, the column is washed with a secondary wash buffer (50 mM phosphate; 300 mM NaCl, 10% glycerol, pH

6.0), which elutes nonspecifically bound protein. After reaching A2S0baseline again, the column is developed with a 0 to 500 mM imidazole gradient in the secondary wash buffer. One ml fractions are collected and analyzed by SDS-PAGE and silver staining or Western blot with Ni2+-NTA-conjugated to alkaline phosphatase (Qiagen). Fractions containing the eluted HisI0-tagged PRO are pooled and dialyzed against loading buffer. Alternatively, purification of the IgG tagged (or Fc tagged) PRO can be performed using known chromatography techniques, including for instance, Protein A or protein G column chromatography.

Following PCR amplification, the respective codhig sequences are subcloned into a baculovkus expression vector (pb.PH.IgG for IgG fusions andpb.PH.His.c for poly-His tagged proteins), and the vector and Baculogold® baculovkus DNA (Pharmingen) are co-hansfected into 105 Spodopterafrugiperda ("Sf9") cells (ATCC CRL 1711), using Lipofectin (Gibco BRL). pb.PH.IgG andpb.PH.His are modifications of the commercially available baculovkus expression vector pVL1393 (Pharmingen), with modified polylinker regions to include the His or Fc tag sequences. The cells are grown in Hink's TNM-FH medium supplemented with 10% FBS (Hyclone). Cells are incubated for 5 days at 28°C. The supernatant is harvested and subsequently used for the first vkal amplification by infecting Sf9 cells in Hink's TNM-FH medium supplemented with 10% FBS at an approximate multiplicity of infection (MOI) of 10. Cells are incubated for 3 days at 28°C. The supernatant is harvested and the expression of the constructs in the baculovkus expression vector is determined by batch binding of 1 ml of supernatant to 25 ml of Ni 2+-NTA beads (QIAGEN) for histidine tagged proteins or Protein-A Sepharose CL-4B beads (Pharmacia) for

IgG tagged proteins followed by SDS-PAGE analysis comparing to a known concenkation of protein standard by Coomassie blue staining.

The first vkal amplification supernatant is used to infect a spinner culture (500 ml) of Sf9 cells grown in ESF-921 medium (Expression Systems LLC) at an approximate MOI of 0.1. Cells are incubated for 3 days at 28°C. The supernatant is harvested and filtered. Batch binding and SDS-PAGE analysis is repeated, as necessary, until expression of the spinner culture is confirmed.

The conditioned medium from the kansfected cells (0.5 to 3 L) is harvested by cenhifugation to remove the cells and filtered through 0.22 micron filters. For the poly-His tagged constructs, the protein constmct is purified using a Ni 2+-NTA column (Qiagen). Before purification, imidazole is added to the conditioned media to a concenkation of 5 mM. The conditioned media is pumped onto a 6 ml Ni 2+-NTA column equilibrated in 20 mM

Hepes, pH 7.4, buffer containing 0.3 M NaCl and 5 mM imidazole at a flow rate of 4-5 ml/min. at 4°C. After loading, the column is washed with additional equilibration buffer and the protein eluted with equilibration buffer containing 0.25 M imidazole. The highly purified protein is subsequently desalted into a storage buffer containing 10 mM Hepes, 0.14 M NaCl and 4% mannitol, pH 6.8, with a 25 ml G25 Superfine (Pharmacia) column and stored at -80°C.

Immunoadhesin (Fc containing) constructs of proteins are purified from the conditioned media as follows. The conditioned media is pumped onto a 5 ml Protein A column (Pharmacia) which has been equilibrated in 20 mM Na phosphate buffer, pH 6.8. After loading, the column is washed extensively with equilibration buffer before elution with 100 mM citric acid, pH 3.5. The eluted protein is immediately neukalized by collecting 1 ml fractions into tubes containing 275 ml of 1 M Tris buffer, pH 9. The highly purified protein is subsequently desalted into storage buffer as described above for tlie poly-His tagged proteins. The homogeneity of the proteins is verified by SDS polyacrylamide gel (PEG) eleckophoresis and N-terminal amino acid sequencing by Edman degradation.

Alternatively, a modified baculovkus procedure may be used incorporating high-5 cells. In this procedure, the DNA encoding the desked sequence is amplified with suitable systems, such as Pfu (Skatagene), or fused upskeam (5'-of) of an epitope tag contained with a baculovkus expression vector. Such epitope tags include poly-

His tags and immunoglobulin tags (like Fc regions of IgG). A variety of plasmids may be employed, including plasmids derived from commercially available plasmids such as pIEl-1 (Novagen). ThepIEl-1 and pIE 1-2 vectors are designed for constitutive expression of recombinant proteins from the baculovkus iel promoter in stably- kansformed insect cells (1). The plasmids differ only in the orientation of the multiple cloning sites and contain all promoter sequences known to be important for iel -mediated gene expression in uninfected insect cells as well as the hr5 enhancer element. pIE 1-1 and pIE 1 -2 include tlie fcanslation initiation site and can be used to produce fusion proteins. Briefly, the desked sequence or the desked portion of the sequence (such as the sequence encoding the exkacellular domain ofa kansmembrane protein) is amplified by PCR with primers complementary to the 5' and 3' regions. The 5' primer may mcorporate flanking (selected) restriction enzyme sites. The product is then digested with those selected reskiction enzymes and subcloned into the expression vector. For example, derivatives of pIE 1 - 1 can include the Fc region of human IgG (pb.PH.IgG) or an 8 histidine (pb.PH.His) tag downsheam (3'-of) tlie desired sequence. Preferably, the vector constmct is sequenced for confirmation.

High-5 cells are grown to a confluency of 50% under the conditions of, 27°C, no C02, NO pen/skep. For each 150 mm plate, 30 μg of pIE based vector containing the sequence is mixed with 1 ml Ex-Cell medium (Media: Ex-Cell 401 + 1/100 L-Glu JRH Biosciences #14401-78P (note: this media is light sensitive)), and in a separate tube, 100 μlofCellFectin (CellFECTIN (GibcoBRL#10362-010) (vortexed to mix)) is mixed with 1 ml of Ex-Cell medium. The two solutions are combined and allowed to incubate at room temperature for 15 minutes. 8 ml of

Ex-Cell media is added to the 2 ml of DNA/CellFECTIN mix and this is layered on high-5 cells that have been washed once with Ex-Cell media. The plate is then incubated in darkness for 1 hour at room temperature. The DNA/CellFECTIN mix is then aspkated, and the cells are washed once with Ex-Cell to remove excess CellFECTIN, 30 ml of fresh Ex-Cell media is added and the cells are incubated for 3 days at 28CC. The supernatant is harvested and the expression of the sequence in the baculovkus expression vector is determined by batch binding of 1 ml of supernatent to 25 ml of Ni 2+-NTA beads (QIAGEN) for histidine tagged proteins or Protein-A Sepharose CL-4B beads (Pharmacia) for IgG tagged proteins followed by SDS-PAGE analysis comparing to a known concenkation of protein standard by Coomassie blue staining.

The conditioned media from the kansfected cells (0.5 to 3 L) is harvested by cenhifugation to remove the cells and filtered through 0.22 micron filters. For the poly-His tagged constructs, die protehi comprising the sequence is purified using a Ni 2+-NTA column (Qiagen). Before purification, imidazole is added to the conditioned media to a concenkation of 5 mM. The conditioned media is pumped onto a 6 ml Ni 2+-NTA column equilibrated in 20 mM Hepes, pH 7.4, buffer containing 0.3 M NaCl and 5 mM imidazole at a flow rate of 4-5 ml min. at 48°C. After loading, the column is washed with additional equilibration buffer and the protein eluted with equilibration buffer containing 0.25 M imidazole. The highly purified protein is then subsequently desalted into a storage buffer containing 10 mM Hepes, 0.14 M NaCl and 4%> mannitol, pH 6.8, with a 25 ml G25 Superfine (Pharmacia) column and stored at -80°C.

Immunoadliesin (Fc containing) constructs of proteins are purified from the conditioned media as follows. The conditioned media is pumped onto a 5 ml Protein A column (Pharmacia) which had been equilibrated in 20 mM Na phosphate buffer, pH 6.8. After loading, the column is washed extensively with equilibration buffer before elution with 100 mM citric acid, pH 3.5. The eluted protein is immediately neukalizedby collecting 1 ml fractions into tubes containing 275 ml of 1 M Tris buffer, pH 9. The highly purified protein is subsequently desalted into storage buffer as described above for the poly-His tagged proteins. The homogeneity of the sequence is assessed by SDS polyacrylamide gels and by N-terminal amino acid sequencing by Edman degradation and other analytical procedures as desked or necessary.

Many of the PRO polypeptides disclosed herein were successfully expressed as described above. 6.11. EXAMPLE 11: Preparation of Antibodies that Bind PRO

This example illuskates preparation of monoclonal antibodies which can specifically bind the PRO polypeptide or an epitope on the PRO polypeptide without substantially binding to any other polypeptide or polypeptide epitope. Techniques for producing the monoclonal antibodies are known in the art and are described, for instance, in Goding, supra. Immunogens that may be employed include purified PRO, fusion proteins containing PRO, and cells expressing recombinant PRO on the cell surface. Selection of the immunogen can be made by the skilled artisan without undue experimentation.

Mice, such as Balb/c, are immunized with the PRO immunogen emulsified in complete Freund's adjuvant and injected subcutaneously or inkaperitoneally in an amount from 1-100 micrograms. Alternatively, the immunogen is emulsified in MPL-TDM adjuvant (Ribi Immunochemical Research, Hamilton, MT) and injected into the animal's hind foot pads. The immunized mice are then boosted 10 to 12 days later with additional immunogen emulsified in the selected adjuvant. Thereafter, for several weeks, the mice may also be boosted with additional immunization injections. Serum samples may be periodically obtained from the mice by reko-orbital bleeding for testing in ELISA assays to detect anti-PRO antibodies.

After a suitable antibody titer has been detected, the animals "positive" for antibodies can be injected with a final inkavenous kijection of PRO. Three to four days later, the mice are sacrificed and the spleen cells are harvested. The spleen cells are then fused (using 35% polyethylene glycol) to a selected murine myeloma cell line such as P3X63 AgU.1 , available from ATCC, No. CRL 1597. The fusions generate hybridoma cells which can then be plated in 96 well tissue culture plates containing HAT (hypoxanthine, aminopterin, and thymidine) medium to inhibit proliferation of non- fused cells, myeloma hybrids, and spleen cell hybrids.

The hybridoma cells will be screened in an ELISA for reactivity against PRO. Determination of "positive" hybridoma cells secreting the desked monoclonal antibodies against PRO is within the skill in the art.

The positive hybridoma cells can be injected inkaperitoneally into syngeneic Balb/c mice to produce ascites contahiing the anti-PRO monoclonal antibodies. Alternatively, the hybridoma cells can be grown in tissue culture flasks or roller bottles. Purification of the monoclonal antibodies produced in the ascites can be accomplished using ammonium sulfate precipitation, followed by gel exclusion chromatography. Alternatively, affinity chromatography based upon binding of antibody to protein A or protein G can be employed.

6.12. EXAMPLE 12: Purification of PRO Polypeptides Using Specific Antibodies Native or recombinant PRO polypeptides may be purified by a variety of standard techniques in the art of protein purification. For example, pro-PRO polypeptide, mature PRO polypeptide, or pre-PRO polypeptide is purified by immunoaffinity chromatography using antibodies specific for the PRO polypeptide of interest. In general, an hrrmunoaffinity column is constructed by covalently coupling the anti-PRO polypeptide antibody to an activated chromatographic resin. Polyclonal immunoglobulins are prepared from immune sera either by precipitation with ammonium sulfate or by purification on immobilized Protein A (Pharmacia LKB Biotechnology, Piscataway, N.J.). Likewise, monoclonal antibodies are prepared from mouse ascites fluid by ammonium sulfate precipitation or chromatography on immobilized Protein A. Partially purified immunoglobulin is covalently attached to a chromatographic resin such as CnBr-activated SEPHAROSE™ (Pharmacia LKB Biotechnology). The antibody is coupled to the resin, Hie resin is blocked, and the derivative resin is washed according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Such an immunoaffinity column is utilized in the purification of PRO polypeptide by preparing a fraction from cells containing PRO polypeptide in a soluble form. This preparation is derived by solubilization of the whole cell or of a subcellular fraction obtained via differential centrifugation by the addition of detergent or by other methods well known in the art. Alternatively, soluble PRO polypeptide containing a signal sequence may be secreted in useful quantity into the medium in which the cells are grown.

A soluble PRO polypeptide-containing preparation is passed over the immunoaffinity column, and the column is washed under conditions that allow the preferential absorbance of PRO polypeptide (e.g. , high ionic strength buffers in the presence of detergent). Then, the column is eluted under conditions that disrupt antibody/PRO polypeptide binding (e.g. , a low pH buffer such as approximately pH 2-3, or a high concentration of a chaotrope such as urea or thiocyanate ion), and PRO polypeptide is collected.

6.13. EXAMPLE 13: Drug Screening

This invention is particularly useful for screening compounds by using PRO polypeptides or binding fragment thereof in any of a variety of drag screening techniques. The PRO polypeptide or fragment employed in such a test may either be free in solution, affixed to a solid support, borne on a cell surface, or located intracellularly. One method of drug screening utilizes eukaryotic or prokaryotic host cells which are stably ttansformed with recombinant nucleic acids expressing the PRO polypeptide or fragment. Drugs are screened against such transformed cells in competitive binding assays. Such cells, either in viable or fixed form, can be used for standard binding assays. One may measure, for example, the formation of complexes between PRO polypeptide or a fragment and the agent being tested. Alternatively, one can examine the diminution in complex formation between the PRO polypeptide and its target cell or target receptors caused by the agent being tested.

Thus, the present invention provides methods of screening for drags or any other agents which can affect a PRO polypeptide-associated disease or disorder. These methods comprise contacting such an agent with an PRO polypeptide or fragment thereof and assaying (I) for the presence of a complex between the agent and the PRO polypeptide or fragment, or (ii) for the presence of a complex between the PRO polypeptide or fragment and the cell, by methods well known in the art. In such competitive binding assays, the PRO polypeptide or fragment is typically labeled. After suitable incubation, free PRO polypeptide or fragment is separated from that present in bound form, and the amount of free or uncomplexed label is a measure of the ability of the particular agent to bind to PRO polypeptide or to interfere with the PRO polypeptide/cell complex.

Another technique for drug screening provides high throughput screening for compounds having suitable binding affinity to a polypeptide and is described in detail in WO 84/03564, published on September 13, 1984.

Briefly stated, large numbers of different small peptide test compounds are synthesized on a solid substrate, such as plastic pins or some other surface. As applied to a PRO polypeptide, the peptide test compounds are reacted ith PRO polypeptide and washed. Bound PRO polypeptide is detected by methods well known in the art. Purified PRO polypeptide can also be coated directly onto plates for use in tlie aforementioned drug screening techniques. In addition, non-neutralizing antibodies can be used to capture the peptide and immobilize it on the solid support.

This invention also contemplates the use of competitive drug screening assays in which neutralizing antibodies capable of binding PRO polypeptide specifically compete with a test compound for binding to PRO polypeptide or fragments thereof. In this manner, the antibodies can be used to detect the presence of any peptide which shares one or more antigenic determinants with PRO polypeptide.

6.14. EXAMPLE 14: Rational Drug Design

The goal of rational drug design is to produce structural analogs of biologically active polypeptide of interest (i.e. , a PRO polypeptide) or of small molecules with which they interact, e.g. , agonists, antagonists, or inhibitors. Any of these examples can be used to fashion drugs which are more active or stable forms of the PRO polypeptide or which enhance or interfere with the function of the PRO polypeptide in vivo (c.f., Hodgson, Bio/Technology. 9: 19-21 (1991)).

In one approach, the three-dimensional structure of the PRO polypeptide, or of an PRO polypeptide-inhibitor complex, is determined by x-ray crystallography, by computer modeling or, most typically, by a combination of the two approaches. Both the shape and charges of the PRO polypeptide must be ascertained to elucidate the structure and to determine active site(s) of the molecule. Less often, useful information regarding the structure of the PRO polypeptide may be gained by modeling based on the structure of homologous proteins.

In both cases, relevant structural information is used to design analogous PRO polypeptide-like molecules or to identify efficient inhibitors. Useful examples of rational drug design may include molecules which have improved activity or stability as shown by Braxton and Wells, Biochemistry. 31:7796-7801 (1992) or which act as inhibitors, agonists, or antagonists of native peptides as shown by Athauda et al., J. Biochem.. 113:742-746 (1993). It is also possible to isolate a target-specific antibody, selected by functional assay, as described above, and then to solve its crystal structure. This approach, in principle, yields a pharmacore upon which subsequent drug design can be based. It is possible to bypass protein crystallography altogether by generating anti-idiotypic antibodies (anti-ids) to a functional, pharmacologically active antibody. As a mkror image of a mkror image, the binding site of the anti-ids would be expected to be an analog of the original receptor. The anti-id could then be used to identify and isolate peptides from banks of chemically or biologically produced peptides. The isolated peptides would then act as the pharmacore.

By virtue of the present invention, sufficient amounts of the PRO polypeptide may be made available to perform such analytical studies as X-ray crystallography. In addition, knowledge of the PRO polypeptide amino acid sequence provided herein will provide guidance to those employing computer modeling techniques in place of or in addition to x-ray crystallography. 6.15. EXAMPLE 15: Stimulation of Endothelial Cell Proliferation (Assay 8)

This assay is designed to determine whether PRO polypeptides of the present invention show the ability to stimulate adrenal cortical capillary endotlielial cell (ACE) growtli. PRO polypeptides testing positive in this assay would be expected to be useful for the therapeutic keatment of conditions or disorders where angiogenesis would be beneficial including, for example, wound healing, and the like (as would agonists of these PRO polypeptides). Antagonists of the PRO polypeptides testing positive in this assay would be expected to be useful for the therapeutic keatment of cancerous tumors.

Bovine adrenal cortical capillary endothelial (ACE) cells (from primary culture, maximum of 12-14 passages) were plated in 96-well plates at 500 cells/well per 100 microliter. Assay media included low glucose DMEM, 10% calf serum, 2 mM glutamine, and lXpenicillin skeptomycni/fungizone. Conkol wells included the following: (1) no ACE cells added; (2) ACE cells alone; (3) ACE cells plus VEGF (5 ng/ml); and (4) ACE cells plus FGF (5ng/ml). The conkol or test sample, (in 100 microliter volumes), was then added to the wells (at dilutions of 1%, 0.1% and 0.01%, respectively). The cell cultures were incubated for 6-7 days at 37°C/5% C02. After tlie incubation, the media in the wells was aspkated, and the cells were washed IX with PBS. An acid phosphatase reaction mixture (100 microliter; 0.1M sodium acetate, pH 5.5, 0.1% Triton X-100, 10 mM p- nikophenyl phosphate) was then added to each well. After a 2 hour incubation at 37°C, the reaction was stopped by addition of 10 microliters IN NaOH. Optical density (OD) was measured on a microplate reader at 405 nm.

The activity of a PRO polypeptide was calculated as the fold increase in proliferation (as determined by the acid phosphatase activity, OD 405 nm) relative to (1) cell only background, and (2) relative to maximum stimulation by VEGF. VEGF (at 3-10 ng/ml) and FGF (at 1-5 ng/ml) were employed as an activity reference for maximum stimulation. Results of the assay were considered "positive" if the observed stimulation was ≥ 50%> increase over background. VEGF (5 ng/ml) conkol at 1% dilution gave 1.24 fold stimulation; FGF (5 ng/ml) conkol at 1% dilution gave 1.46 fold stimulation.

PR021 tested positive in this assay.

6.16. EXAMPLE 16: Inhibition of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) Stimulated

Proliferation of Endothelial Cell Growth (Assay 9) The ability of various PRO polypeptides to inhibit VEGF stimulated proliferation of endothelial cells was tested. Polypeptides testing positive in this assay are useful for inhibiting endothelial cell growth in mammals where such an effect would be beneficial, e.g., for inhibiting tumor growth. Specifically, bovine adrenal cortical capillary endothelial cells (ACE) (from primary culture, maximum of 12-14 passages) were plated in 96-well plates at 500 cells/well per 100 microliter. Assay media included low glucose DMEM, 10% calf serum, 2 mM glutamine, and IX penicillin/streptomycin/fungizone. Control wells included the following: (1) no ACE cells added; (2) ACE cells alone; (3) ACE cells plus 5 ng/ml FGF; (4) ACE cells plus 3 ng/ml VEGF; (5) ACE cells plus 3 ng/ml VEGF plus 1 ng/ml TGF-beta; and (6) ACE cells plus 3 ng/ml VEGF plus 5 ng/ml LIF. The test samples, poly-his tagged PRO polypeptides (in 100 microliter volumes), were then added to the wells (at dilutions of 1 %, 0.1 % and 0.01 %, respectively). The cell cultures were incubated for 6-7 days at 37°C/5% C02. After the incubation, the media in the wells was aspirated, and the cells were washed IX with PBS. An acid phosphatase reaction mixture (100 microliter; 0.1M sodium acetate, pH 5.5, 0.1 % Triton X-100, 10 mM p-nitrophenyl phosphate) was then added to each well. After a 2 hour incubation at 37°C, the reaction was stopped by addition of 10 microliters IN NaOH. Optical density (OD) was measured on a microplate reader at 405 nm.

The activity of PRO polypeptides was calculated as the percent inhibition of VEGF (3 ng/ml) stimulated proliferation (as determined by measuring acid phosphatase activity at OD 405 nm) relative to the cells without stimulation. TGF-beta was employed as an activity reference at 1 ng/ml, since TGF-beta blocks 70-90% of VEGF-stimulated ACE cell proliferation. The results are indicative of the utility of the PRO polypeptides in cancer therapy and specifically in inhibiting tumor angiogenesis. Numerical values (relative inhibition) are determined by calculating the percent inhibition of VEGF stimulated proliferation by the PRO polypeptides relative to cells without stimulation and then dividing that percentage into the percent inhibition obtained by TGF-β at 1 ng/ml which is known to block 70-90% of VEGF stimulated cell proliferation. The results are considered positive if the PRO polypeptide exhibits 30 % or greater inhibition of VEGF stimulation of endothelial cell growth (relative inhibition 30% or greater).

PR0247, PRO720 and PRO4302 tested positive in this assay.

6.17. EXAMPLE 17: Enhancement of Heart Neonatal Hypertrophy Induced by LIF+ET-1 (Assay

75)

This assay is designed to determine whether PRO polypeptides of the present invention show tlie ability to enhance neonatal heart hypertrophy induced by LIF and endothelin- 1 (ET-1). A test compound that provides a positive response in the present assay would be useful for the therapeutic treatment of cardiac insufficiency diseases or disorders characterized or associated with an undesired level of hypertrophy of the cardiac muscle.

Cardiac myocytes from 1-day old Harlan Sprague Dawley rats (180 μl at 7.5 x lOVml, serum <0.1, freshly isolated) are introduced on day 1 to 96-well plates previously coated with DMEM/F12 + 4%FCS. Test PRO polypeptide samples or growth medium alone (negative control) are then added directly to the wells on day

2 in 20 μl volume. LIF 4- ET-1 are then added to the wells on day 3. The cells are stained after an additional

2 days in culture and are then scored visually the next day. A positive in the assay occurs when the PRO polypeptide treated myocytes obtain a score greater than zero. A score of zero represents non-responsive cells whereas scores of 1 or 2 represent enhancement (i. e. they are visually larger on the average or more numerous than the untreated myocytes).

PR021 polypeptides tested positive in this assay.

6.18. EXAMPLE 18: Detection of Endothelial Cell Apoptosis (FACS (Assay 96)

The ability of PRO polypeptides of the present invention to induce apoptosis in endothelial cells was tested in human venous umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC, Cell Systems) in gelatinized T175 flasks using HUVEC cells below passage 10. PRO polypeptides testing positive in this assay are expected to be useful for therapeutically treating conditions where apoptosis of endothelial cells would be beneficial including, for example, the therapeutic treatment of tumors.

On day one, the cells were split [420,000 cells per gelatinized 6 cm dishes - (11 x IO3 cells/cm2 Falcon,

Primaria)] and grown in media containing serum (CS-C, Cell System) overnight or for 16 hours to 24 hours. On day 2, tlie cells were washed lx with 5 ml PBS ; 3 ml of 0 % serum medium was added with VEGF

(100 ng/ml); and 30 μl of the PRO test compound (final dilution 1%) or 0% serum medium (negative control) was added. The mixtures were incubated for 48 hours before harvesting.

The cells were then harvested for F ACS analysis . The medium was aspirated and the cells washed once with PBS. 5 ml of 1 x trypsin was added to the cells in a T-175 flask, and the cells were allowed to stand until they were released from the plate (about 5-10 minutes). Trypsinization was stopped by adding 5 ml of growth media. The cells were spun at 1000 rpm for 5 minutes at 4°C. The media was aspirated and the cells were resuspended in 10 ml of 10% serum complemented medium (Cell Systems), 5 μl of Annexin-FITC (BioVison) added and chilled tubes were submitted for FACS. A positive result was determined to be enhanced apoptosis in the PRO polypeptide treated samples as compared to the negative control. PRO4302 polypeptide tested positive in this assay.

6.19. EXAMPLE 19: Induction of c-fos in HUVEC Cells (Assay 123)

This assay is designed to determine whether PRO polypeptides show the ability to induce c-fos in HUVEC cells. PRO polypeptides testing positive in this assay would be expected to be useful for the therapeutic treatment of conditions or disorders where angiogenesis would be beneficial including, for example, wound healing, and the like (as would agonists of these PRO polypeptides). Antagonists of the PRO polypeptides testing positive in this assay would be expected to be useful for the therapeutic treatment of cancerous tumors.

Human venous umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC, Cell Systems) in growth media (50% Ham's F12 w/o GHT: low glucose, and 50% DMEM without glycine: with NaHC03, 1 % glutamine, 10 mM HEPES, 10% FBS, 10 ng/ml bFGF) were plated on 96-well microtiter plates at a cell density of 5xl03 cells/well. The day after plating (day 2) , the cells were starved for 24 hours by removing the growth media and replacing with serum free media. On day 3, the cells are keated with 100 μl/well test samples and controls (positive control = growth media; negative control = Protein 32 buffer = 10 mM HEPES, 140 mM NaCl, 4% (w/v) mannitol, pH 6.8). One plate of cells was incubated for 30 minutes at 37°C, in 5% C02. Another plate of cells was incubated for 60 minutes at 37°C, in 5% C02. The samples were removed, and RNA was harvested using the RNeasy 96 kit (Qiagen). Next, the RNA was assayed for c-fos, egr-1 and GAPDH induction using Taq an.

The measure of activity of the fold increase over the negative control (Protein 32/HEPES buffer described above) value was by obtained by calculating the fold increase of the ratio of c-fos to GAPDH in test samples as compared to the negative control. The results are considered positive if the PRO polypeptide exhibits at least a two-fold value over the negative buffer conkol. PR01376 polypeptide tested positive in this assay. 6.20. EXAMPLE 20: Normal Human Iliac Artery Endothelial Cell Proliferation (Assay 138) This assay is designed to determine whether PRO polypeptides of the present invention show the ability to induce proliferation of human iliac artery endothelial cells in culture and, therefore, function as useful growth factors. On day 0, human iliac artery endothelial cells (from cell lines, maximum of 12-14 passages) were plated in 96-well plates at 1000 cells/well per 100 microliter and incubated overnight in complete media [epithelial cell growth media (EGM, Clonetics), plus supplements: human epithelial growth factor (hEGF), bovine brain exkact (BBE), hydrocortisone, GA-1000, and fetal bovine serum (FBS, Clonetics)]. On day 1, complete media was replaced by basal media [EGM plus 1 % FBS] and addition of PRO polypeptides at 1 % , 0.1 % and 0.01 % . On day 7, an assessment of cell proliferation was performed by Alamar Blue assay followed by Crystal Violet.

Results are expresses as % of the cell growth observed with control buffer.

The following PRO polypeptides tested positive in this assay: PR0214, PR0238, PR0256, PR0363, PR0365, PR0791, PR0836, PRO1025, PRO1029, PROl 186, PROl 192, PR01272, PR01274, PR01279, PRO1306, PR01325, PR01329, PR0137Θ, PR01411, PR01419, PRO1508, PR01787, PR01868, PRO1890, PR04324, PR04333, PRO4408, PR04499, PR05725, PRO6006, PR09821, PR09873, PRO10008, PRO10096,

PRO19670, PRO20040, PRO20044, PR021384 and PR028631.

6.21. EXAMPLE 21: Pooled Human Umbilical Vein Endotlielial Cell Proliferation (Assay 139) This assay is designed to determine whether PRO polypeptides of the present invention show the ability to induce proliferation of pooled human umbilical vein endothelial cells in culture and, therefore, function as useful growth factors.

On day 0, pooled human umbilical vein endothelial cells (from cell lines, maximum of 12-14 passages) were plated in 96-well plates at 1000 cells/well per 100 microliter and incubated overnight in complete media [epithelial cell growth media (EGM , Clonetics) , plus supplements : human epithelial growth factor (hEGF) , bovine brain extract (BBE), hydrocortisone, GA-1000, and fetal bovine serum (FBS, Clonetics)]. On day 1, complete media was replaced by basal media [EGM plus 1 % FBS] and addition of PRO polypeptides at 1 %, 0.1 % and 0.01 % . On day 7, an assessment of cell proliferation was performed by Alamar Blue assay followed by Crystal Violet. Results are expresses as % of the cell growth observed with conkol buffer.

The following PRO polypeptides tested positive in this assay: PR0181, PRO205, PR0221, PR0229, PR0231, PR0238, PR0241, PR0247, PR0256, PR0258, PR0263, PR0265, PR0295, PR0321, PR0322,

PR0337, PR0363, PR0444, PR0533, PR0697, PR0725, PR0771, PR0788, PR0819, PR0827, PR0828, PR0846, PR0865, PRO1005, PRO1006, PRO1007, PRO1025, PRO1054, PRO1071, PRO1075, PRO1079, PRO1080, PR01114, PROH31, PROH55, PRO1160, PR01184, PRO1190, PR01192, PR01195, PR01244, PR01272, PR01273, PR01279, PR01283, PR01286, PRO1306, PRO1309, PR01325, PR01329, PR01347, PR01356, PR01376, PR01382, PR01412, PR01419, PR01474, PR01477, PR01488, PRO1550, PR01556,

PRO1760, PR01782, PR01787, PRO1801, PR01868, PR01887, PR03438, PR03444, PRO4302, PR04324, PR04341, PR04342, PR04353, PR04354, PR04356, PR04371, PRO4405, PR04422, PR04425, PR05723, PR05725, PR05737, PR05776, PRO6029, PRO6071, PR07436, PR09771, PRO10008, PRO10096, PRO21055 and PR021384.

6.22. EXAMPLE 22: Human Coronary Artery Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation (Assay 140) This assay is designed to determine whether PRO polypeptides of the present invention show the ability to induce proliferation of human coronary artery smooth muscle cells in culture and, therefore, function as useful growtli factors.

On day 0, human coronary artery smooth muscle cells (from cell lines, maximum of 12-14 passages) were plated in 96-well plates at 1000 cells/well per 100 microliter and incubated overnight in complete media [smooth muscle growth media (SmGM, Clonetics), plus supplements: insulin, human epithelial growth factor (hEGF), human fibroblast growth factor (hFGF), GA-1000, and fetal bovine serum (FBS, Clonetics)]. On day

1 , complete media was replaced by basal media [SmGM plus 1 % FBS] and addition of PRO polypeptides at 1 % , 0.1 % and 0.01 % . On day 7, an assessment of cell proliferation was performed by Alamar Blue assay followed by Crystal Violet. Results are expresses as % of the cell growth observed with control buffer.

The following PRO polypeptides tested positive in this assay: PR0162, PROlδl, PR0182, PR0195, PRO204, PR0221, PRO230, PR0256, PR0258, PR0533, PR0697, PR0725, PR0738, PR0826, PR0836,

PRO840,PRO846,PRO865,PRO982,PRO1025,PRO1029,PRO1071,PRO1080,PRO1083,PRO1134,PRO1160, PROl 182, PROl 184, PROl 186, PROl 192, PR01265, PR01274, PR01279, PR01283, PRO1306, PRO1308, PRO1309, PR01325, PR01337, PR01338, PR01343, PR01376, PR01387, PR01411, PR01412, PR01415, PR01434, PR01474, PR01488, PRO1550, PR01556, PR01567, PRO1600, PR01754, PR01758, PRO1760, PR01787, PR01865, PR01868, PR01917, PR01928, PR03438, PR03562, PRO4302, PR04333, PR04345,

PR04353, PR04354, PRO4405, PRO4408, PRO4430, PRO4503, PR05725, PR06714, PR09771, PRO9820, PRO9940, PRO10096, PRO21055, PR021184 and PR021366.

6.23. EXAMPLE 23: Microarrav Analysis to Detect Overexpression of PRO Polypeptides in

HUVEC Cells Treated with Growth Factors This assay is designed to determine whether PRO polypeptides of the present invention show the ability to induce angiogenesis by stimulating endothelial cell tube formation in HUVEC cells.

Nucleic acid microarrays, often containing thousands of gene sequences, are useful for identifying differentially expressed genes in tissues exposed to various stimuli (e.g. , growth factors) as compared to their normal, unexposed counterparts. Using nucleic acid microarrays, test and control mRNA samples from test and control tissue samples are reverse transcribed and labeled to generate cDNA probes. The cDNA probes are then hybridized to an array of nucleic acids immobilized on a solid support. The array is configured such that the sequence and position of each member of the array is known. Hybridization of a labeled probe with a particular array member indicates that the sample from which the probe was derived expresses that gene. If the hybridization signal of a probe from a test (exposed tissue) sample is greater than hybridization signal of a probe from a control (normal, unexposed tissue) sample, the gene or genes overexpressed in the exposed tissue are identified. The implication of this result is that an overexpressed protein in an exposed tissue may be involved in the functional changes within the tissue following exposure to the stimuli (e.g., tube formation).

The methodology of hybridization of nucleic acids and microarray technology is well known in the art. In the present example, the specific preparation of nucleic acids for hybridization and probes, slides, and hybridization conditions are all detailed in U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 60/193,767, filed on

March 31, 2000 and which is herein incorporated by reference.

In the present example, HUVEC cells grown in either collagen gels or fibrin gels were induced to form tubes by the addition of various growth factors. Specifically, collagen gels were prepared as described previously in Yang et al , American J. Pathology, 1999, 155(3): 887-895 and Xin et al. , American J. Pathology, 2001, 158(3): 1111-1120. Following gelation of the HUVEC cells, IX basal medium containing M199 supplemented with 1 %FBS, IX ITS, 2 mM L-glutamine, 50 μg/ml ascorbic acid, 26.5 mM NaHC03, lOOU/ml penicillin and 100 U/ml streptomycin was added. Tube formation was elicited by the inclusion in the culture media of either a mixture of phorbol myrsitate acetate (50 nM), vascular endothelial cell growth factor (40 ng/ml) and basic fibroblast growth factor (40 ng/ml) ("PMA growth factor mix") or hepatocyte growth factor (40 ng/ml) and vascular endothelial cell growth factor (40 ng/ml) (HGF/ VEGF mix) for the indicated period of time . Fibrin Gels were prepared by suspending Huvec (4 x IO5 cells/ml) in Ml 99 containing 1 % fetal bovine serum (Hyclone) and human fibrinogen (2.5mg/ml). Thrombin (50U/ml) was then added to the fibrinogen suspension at a ratio of 1 part thrombin solution:30 parts fibrinogen suspension. The solution was then layered onto 10 cm tissue culture plates (total volume: 15 ml/plate) and allowed to solidify at 37°C for 20 min. Tissue culture media (10 ml of BM containing PMA (50 nM) , bFGF (40ng/ml) and VEGF (40 ng/ml)) was then added and the cells incubated at 37°C in 5%C02 in air for the indicated period of time.

Total RNA was extracted from the HUVEC cells incubated for 0, 4, 8, 24, 40 and 50 hours in the different matrix and media combinations using a TRIzol extraction followed by a second purification using RNAeasy Mini Kit (Qiagen). The total RNA was used to prepare cRNA which was then hybridized to the microarrays.

In the present experiments, nucleic acid probes derived from the herein described PRO polypeptide- encoding nucleic acid sequences were used in the creation of the microarray and RNA from the HUVEC cells described above were used for the hybridization thereto. Pairwise comparisons were made using time 0 chips as a baseline. Three replicate samples were analyzed for each experimental condition and time. Hence there were 3 time 0 samples for each keatment and 3 replicates of each successive time point. Therefore, a 3 by 3 comparison was performed for each time point compared against each time 0 point. This resulted in 9 comparisons per time point. Only those genes that had increased expression in all three non-time-0 replicates in each of the different matrix and media combinations as compared to any of the three time zero replicates were considered positive. Although this sttingent method of data analysis does allow for false negatives, it minimizes false positives.

PR0178, PR0195, PR0228, PRO301, PRO302, PR0532, PR0724, PRO730, PR0734, PR0793, PR0871, PR0938, PRO1012, PRO1120, PR01139, PROH98, PR01287, PR01361, PR01864, PR01873, PRO2010, PR03579, PR04313, PR04527, PR04538, PR04553, PR04995, PRO5730, PRO6008, PR07223, PR07248 and PR07261 tested positive in this assay.

6.24. EXAMPLE 24: In situ Hybridization

In situ hybridization is a powerful and versatile technique for the detection and localization of nucleic acid sequences within cell or tissue preparations. It may be useful, for example, to identify sites of gene expression, analyze the tissue distribution of transcription, identify and localize viral infection, follow changes in specific mRNA synthesis, and aid in chromosome mapping.

In situ hybridization was performed following an optimized version of the protocol by Lu and Gillett, Cell Vision. 1: 169-176 (1994), using PCR-generated 33P-labeled riboprobes. Briefly, formalin-fixed, paraffin- embedded human tissues were sectioned, deparaffinized, deproteinated in proteinase K (20 g/ml) for 15 minutes at 37°C, and further processed for in situ hybridization as described by Lu and Gillett, supra. A (33-P)UTP- labeled antisense riboprobe was generated from a PCR product and hybridized at 55 °C overnight. The slides were dipped in Kodak NTB2™ nuclear track emulsion and exposed for 4 weeks.

6.24.1. -P-Riboprobe synthesis 6.0 μl (125 mCi) of 33P-UTP (Amersham BF 1002, SA < 2000 Ci/mmol) were speed-vacuum dried. To each tube containing dried 33P-UTP, the following ingredients were added: 2.0 μl 5x transcription buffer l.O μl DTT (lOO mM)

2.0 μl NTP mix (2.5 mM: 10 μl each of 10 mM GTP, CTP & ATP + 10 μl H20) 1.0 l UTP (50 μM) l.O μl RNAsin 1.0 μl DNA template (1 μg) 1.0 μl H2O

1.0 μl RNA polymerase (for PCR products T3 = AS, T7 = S, usually) The tubes were incubated at 37°C for one hour. A total of 1.0 μl RQ1 DNase was added, followed by incubation at 37°C for 15 minutes. A total of 90 μl TE (10 mM Tris pH 7.6/1 mM EDTA pH 8.0) was added, and the mixture was pipetted onto DE81 paper. The remaining solution was loaded in a MICROCON-50™ ulttafiltration unit, and spun using program 10 (6 minutes). The filtration unit was inverted over a second tube and spun using program 2 (3 minutes). After the final recovery spin, a total of 100 μl TE was added, then 1 μl of the final product was pipetted on DE81 paper and counted in 6 ml of BIOFLUOR II™.

The probe was run on a TBE/urea gel. A total of 1-3 μl of the probe or 5 μl of RNA Mrk III was added to 3 μl of loading buffer. After heating on a 95°C heat block for three minutes, the gel was immediately placed on ice. The wells of gel were flushed, and the sample was loaded and run at 180-250 volts for 45 minutes. The gel was wrapped in plastic wrap (SARAN™ brand) and exposed to XAR film with an intensifying screen in a - 70 °C freezer one hour to overnight. 6.24.2. sP-Hvbridization

6.24.2.1. Pretreatinent of frozen sections

The slides were removed from the freezer, placed on aluminum trays, and thawed at room temperature for 5 minutes. The trays were placed in a 55 °C incubator for five minutes to reduce condensation. The slides were fixed for 10 minutes in 4% paraformaldehyde on ice in the fume hood, and washed in 0.5 x SSC for 5 minutes, at room temperature (25 ml 20 x SSC + 975 ml SQ H20). After deproteination in 0.5 μg/ml proteinase K for 10 minutes at 37°C (12.5 μl of 10 mg/ml stock in 250 ml prewarmed RNAse-free RNAse buffer), the sections were washed in 0.5 x SSC for 10 minutes at room temperature. The sections were dehydrated in 70%, 95%, and 100% ethanol, 2 minutes each.

6.24.2.2. Pretreatment of paraffin-embedded sections

The slides were deparaffinized, placed in SQ H20, and rinsed twice in 2 x SSC at room temperature, for 5 minutes each time. The sections were deproteinated in 20 μg/ml proteinase K (500 μl of 10 mg/ml in 250 ml RNase-free RNase buffer; 37°C, 15 minutes) for human embryo tissue, or 8 x proteinase K (100 μl in 250 ml Rnase buffer, 37°C, 30 minutes) for formalin tissues. Subsequent rinsing in 0.5 x SSC and dehydration were performed as described above.

6.24.2.3. Prehybridization

The slides were laid out in a plastic box lined with Box buffer (4 x SSC, 50% formamide) - saturated filter paper. The tissue was covered with 50 μl of hybridization buffer (3.75 g dextran sulfate + 6 ml SQ H20), vortexed, and heated in the microwave for 2 minutes with the cap loosened. After cooling on ice, 18.75 ml formamide, 3.75 ml 20 x SSC, and 9 ml SQ H20 were added, and the tissue was vortexed well and incubated at 42°C for 1-4 hours.

6.24.2.4. Hybridization

1.0 x 10s cpm probe and 1.0 μl tRNA (50 mg/ml stock) per slide were heated at 95 °C for 3 minutes. The slides were cooled on ice, and 48 μl hybridization buffer was added per slide. After vortexing, 50 μl 33P mix was added to 50 μl prehybridization on the slide. The slides were incubated overnight at 55 °C.

6.24.2.5. Washes

Washing was done for 2x10 minutes with 2xSSC, EDTA at room temperature (400 ml 20 x SSC + 16 ml 0.25 M EDTA, Vf=4L), followed by RNAseA treatment at 37°C for 30 minutes (500 μl of 10 mg/ml in 250 ml Rnase buffer = 20 μg/ml), The slides were washed 2 xlO minutes with 2 x SSC, EDTA at room temperature. The stringency wash conditions were as follows: 2 hours at 55°C, 0.1 x SSC, EDTA (20 ml 20 x SSC + 16 ml

EDTA, Vf=4L). 6.24.2.6. Oligonucleotides

In situ analysis was performed on three of the DNA sequences disclosed herein. The primers used to generate the probes and/or the probes employed for these analyses are as follows:

DNA33100-pl: 5'GGATTC TAA TAC GAC TCA CTA TAG GGC CGG GTG GAG GTGGAA CAGAAA

3'(SEQIDNO:375) DNA33100-p2: 5' CTA TGAAAT TAA CCC TCA CTA AAGGGA CAC AGA CAGAGC CCC ATA CGC

3' (SEQ ID NO:376)

DNA34431-pl: 5'GGA TTC TAA TAC GAC TCA CTA TAG GGC CAG GGA AAT CCG GAT GTC TC 3' (SEQ ID NO:377) DNA34431-p2: 5' CTA TGA AAT TAA CCC TCA CTA AAG GGA GTA AGG GGA TGC CAC CGA GTA

3' (SEQ ID NO:378)

DNA38268-pl: 5'GGA TTC TAA TAC GAC TCA CTA TAG GGC CAG CTA CCC GCA GGA GGA GG 3' (SEQ ID NO:379)

DNA38268-p2: 5 ' CTA TGA AAT TAA CCC TCA CTA AAG GGA TCC CAG GTG ATG AGG TCC AGA 3' (SEQ ID NO:380)

DNA64908 probe: 5 ' CC ATCTCGGAGACCTTTGTGC AGCGTGT AT ACC AGCCTT ACCTC ACC A

CTTGCGACGGACACAGAGCCTGCAGCACCTACCGAACCATCTACCGGAC TGCCTATCGCCGTAGCCCTGGGGTGACTCCCGCAAGCCTCGCTATGCTTG CTGCCCTGGTTGGAAGAGGACCAGTGGGCTCCCTGGGGCTTGTGGAGCA GCAATATGCCAGCCTCCATGTGGGAATGGAGGGAGTTGCATCCGCCCAG

GACACTGCCGCTGCCCTGTGGGATGGCAGGGAGATACTTGCCAGACAGA TGTTGATGAATGCAGTACAGGAGAGGCCAGTTGTCCCCAGCGCTGTGTC AATACTGTGGGAAGTTACTGGTGCCAGGGATGGGAGGGACAAAGCCCAT CTGCAGATGGGACGCGCTGCCTGTCTAAGGAGGGGCCCTCCCGGTGGCC CCAACCCCACAGCAGGAGTGGACAGCA3' (SEQ ID NO:381)

6.24.2.7. Results

In situ analysis was performed and the results from these analyses are as follows: 6.24.2.7.1. DNA33100-1159 (PRQ229) (Scavenger-R/CD6 homologTNF motif) A specific positive signal was observed in mononuclear phagocytes (macrophages) of fetal and adult spleen, liver, lymph node and thyrnus. All other tissues were negative.

6.24.2.7.2. DNA34431-1177 (PRQ263) (CD44)

A specific positive signal was observed in human fetal tissues and placenta over mononuclear cells, with strong expression in epithelial cells of the adrenal cortex. All adult tissues were negative.

6.24.2.7.3. DNA38268-1188 (PRQ295) (Integrin)

A specific positive signal was observed inhuman fetal ganglion cells, fetal neurons, adult adrenal medulla and adult neurons. All other tissues were negative.

6.24.2.7.4. DNA64908-1163-1 (PRQ1449)

A specific positive signal was observed in the developing vasculature (from E7-E11), in endothelial cells and in progenitors of endothelial cells in wholemount in situ hybridizations of mouse embryos (Figure 375). Specific expression was also observed in a subset of blood vessels and epidermis from E12 onward. A mouse orthologue of PR01449 which has about 78% amino acid identity with PR01449 was used as the probe.

In normal adult tissues, expression was low to absent. When present, expression was confined to the vasculature (Figure 376). Figure 376 further shows that highest expression in adult tissues was observed regionally in vessels ranning within the white matter of the brain. Elevated expression was also observed in vasculature of many inflamed and diseased tissues, including, but not limited to, tumor vasculature. Following eleckoporation of the mouse orthologue of PRO 1449 into the choroid layer in the eyes of chicken embryos, new vessel formation was observed in the eleckoporated eye (top right), but not in the conkol side from the same embryo (top left), or an embryo that was eleckoporated with a conkol cDNA (bottom right) (Figure 377).

The foregoing written specification is considered to be sufficient to enable one skilled in the art to practice the invention. The present invention is not to be limited in scope by the constract(s) deposited, since the deposited embodiment(s) is/are intended as single illushation(s) of certain aspects of the invention and any constructs that are functionally equivalent are within the scope of this invention. The deposit of material(s) herein does not constitute an admission that the written description herein contained is inadequate to enable the practice of any aspect of the invention, including the best mode thereof, nor is it to be construed as lhniting the scope of the claims to the specific illuskations that it represents. Indeed, various modifications of the invention in addition to those shown and described herein will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the foregoing description and fall within the scope of the appended claims.

Claims

WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:
1. An isolated nucleic acid molecule having at least 80% nucleic acid sequence identity to a nucleotide sequence that encodes an amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of the amino acid sequence shown in Figure 2 (SEQ ID NO:2), Figure 4 (SEQ ID NO:4), Figure 6 (SEQ ID NO:6), Figure 8 (SEQ ID NO:8), Figure 10 (SEQ ID NO: 10), Figure 12 (SEQ ID NO: 12), Figure 14 (SEQ ID NO: 14), Figure 16 (SEQ
ID NO: 16), Figure 18 (SEQ ID NO: 18), Figure 20 (SEQ ID NO:20), Figure 22 (SEQ ID NO:22), Figure 24 (SEQ ID NO:24), Figure 26 (SEQ ID NO:26), Figure 28 (SEQ ID NO:28), Figure 30 (SEQ ID NO:30), Figure 32 (SEQ ID NO:32), Figure 34 (SEQ ID NO:34), Figure 36 (SEQ ID NO:36), Figure 38 (SEQ ID NO:38), Figure 40 (SEQ ID NO:40), Figure 42 (SEQ ID NO:42), Figure 44 (SEQ ID NO:44), Figure 46 (SEQ ID NO:46), Figure 48 (SEQ ID NO:48), Figure 50 (SEQ ID NO:50), Figure 52 (SEQ ID NO:52), Figure 54 (SEQ
ID NO:54), Figure 56 (SEQ ID NO:56), Figure 58 (SEQ ID NO:58), Figure 60 (SEQ ID NO:60), Figure 62 (SEQ ID NO:62), Figure 64 (SEQ ID NO:64), Figure 66 (SEQ ID NO:66), Figure 68 (SEQ ID NO:68), Figure 70 (SEQ ID NO:70), Figure 72 (SEQ ID NO:72), Figure 74 (SEQ ID NO:74), Figure 76 (SEQ ID NO:76), Figure 78 (SEQ ID NO:78), Figure 80 (SEQ ID NO:80), Figure 82 (SEQ ID NO:82), Figure 84 (SEQ ID NO:84), Figure 86 (SEQ ID NO:86), Figure 88 (SEQ ID NO:88), Figure 90 (SEQ ID NO:90), Figure 92 (SEQ
ID NO:92), Figure 94 (SEQ ID NO:94), Figure 96 (SEQ ID NO:96), Figure 98 (SEQ ID NO:98), Figure 100 (SEQ ID NO: 100), Figure 102 (SEQ ID NO: 102), Figure 104 (SEQ ID NO: 104), Figure 106 (SEQ ID NO: 106), Figure 108 (SEQ ID NO: 108), Figure 110 (SEQ ID NO: 110), Figure 112 (SEQ ID NO: 112), Figure 114 (SEQ ID NO: 114), Figure 116 (SEQ ID NO:116), Figure 118 (SEQ ID NO: 118), Figure 120 (SEQ ID NO: 120), Figure 122 (SEQ ID NO: 122), Figure 124 (SEQ ID NO: 124), Figure 126 (SEQ ID NO: 126), Figure 128 (SEQ ID
NO: 128), Figure 130 (SEQ ID NO: 130), Figure 132 (SEQ ID NO: 132), Figure 134 (SEQ ID NO: 134), Figure 136 (SEQ ID NO: 136), Figure 138 (SEQ ID NO: 138), Figure 140 (SEQ ID NO: 140), Figure 142 (SEQ ID NO: 142), Figure 144 (SEQ ID NO: 144), Figure 146 (SEQ ID NO: 146), Figure 148 (SEQ ID NO: 148), Figure 150 (SEQ ID NO: 150), Figure 152 (SEQ ID NO: 152), Figure 154 (SEQ ID NO: 154), Figure 156 (SEQ ID NO: 156), Figure 158 (SEQ ID NO: 158), Figure 160 (SEQ ID NO: 160), Figure 162 (SEQ ID NO: 162), Figure
164 (SEQ ID NO: 164), Figure 166 (SEQ ID NO: 166), Figure 168 (SEQ ID NO: 168), Figure 170 (SEQ ID NO: 170), Figure 172 (SEQ ID NO: 172), Figure 174 (SEQ ID NO: 174), Figure 176 (SEQ ID NO: 176), Figure 178 (SEQ ID NO: 178), Figure 180 (SEQ ID NO: 180), Figure 182 (SEQ ID NO: 182), Figure 184 (SEQ ID NO: 184), Figure 186 (SEQ ID NO: 186), Figure 188 (SEQ ID NO: 188), Figure 190 (SEQ ID NO: 190), Figure 192 (SEQ ID NO: 192), Figure 194 (SEQ ID NO: 194), Figure 196 (SEQ ID NO: 196), Figure 198 (SEQ ID
NO: 198), Figure 200 (SEQ ID NO:200), Figure 202 (SEQ ID NO:202), Figure 204 (SEQ ID NO:204), Figure 206 (SEQ ID NO:206), Figure 208 (SEQ ID NO:208), Figure 210 (SEQ ID NO:210), Figure 212 (SEQ ID NO:212), Figure 214 (SEQ ID NO:214), Figure 216 (SEQ ID NO:216), Figure 218 (SEQ ID NO:218), Figure 220 (SEQ ID NO:220), Figure 222 (SEQ ID NO:222), Figure 224 (SEQ ID NO:224), Figure 226 (SEQ ID NO:226), Figure 228 (SEQ ID NO:228), Figure 230 (SEQ ID NO:230), Figure 232 (SEQ ID NO:232), Figure
234 (SEQ ID NO:234), Figure 236 (SEQ ID NO:236), Figure 238 (SEQ ID NO:238), Figure 240 (SEQ ID NO:240), Figure 242 (SEQ ID NO:242), Figure 244 (SEQ ID NO:244), Figure 246 (SEQ ID NO:246), Figure 248 (SEQ ID NO:248), Figure 250 (SEQ ID NO:250), Figure 252 (SEQ ID NO:252), Figure 254 (SEQ ID NO:254), Figure 256 (SEQ ID NO:256), Figure 258 (SEQ ID NO:258), Figure 260 (SEQ ID NO:260), Figure 262 (SEQ ID NO:262), Figure 264 (SEQ ID NO:264), Figure 266 (SEQ ID NO:266), Figure 268 (SEQ ID NO:268), Figure 270 (SEQ ID NO:270), Figure 272 (SEQ ID NO:272), Figure 274 (SEQ ID NO:274), Figure 276 (SEQ ID NO:276), Figure 278 (SEQ ID NO:278), Figure 280 (SEQ ID NO:280), Figure 282 (SEQ ID
NO:282), Figure 284 (SEQ ID NO:284), Figure 286 (SEQ ID NO:286), Figure 288 (SEQ ID NO:288), Figure 290 (SEQ ID NO:290), Figure 292 (SEQ ID NO:292), Figure 294 (SEQ ID NO:294), Figure 296 (SEQ ID NO:296), Figure 298 (SEQ ID NO:298), Figure 300 (SEQ ID NO:300), Figure 302 (SEQ ID NO:302), Figure 304 (SEQ ID NO:304), Figure 306 (SEQ ID NO:306), Figure 308 (SEQ ID NO:308), Figure 310 (SEQ ID NO:310), Figure 312 (SEQ ID NO:312), Figure 314 (SEQ ID NO:314), Figure 316 (SEQ ID NO:316), Figure
318 (SEQ ID NO:318), Figure 320 (SEQ ID NO:320), Figure 322 (SEQ ID NO:322), Figure 324 (SEQ ID NO:324), Figure 326 (SEQ ID NO:326), Figure 328 (SEQ ID NO:328), Figure 330 (SEQ ID NO:330), Figure 332 (SEQ ID NO:332), Figure 334 (SEQ ID NO:334), Figure 336 (SEQ ID NO:336), Figure 338 (SEQ ID NO:338), Figure 340 (SEQ ID NO:340), Figure 342 (SEQ ID NO:342), Figure 344 (SEQ ID NO:344), Figure 346 (SEQ ID NO:346), Figure 348 (SEQ ID NO:348), Figure 350 (SEQ ID NO:350), Figure 352 (SEQ ID
NO:352), Figure 354 (SEQ ID NO:354), Figure 356 (SEQ ID NO:356), Figure 358 (SEQ ID NO:358), Figure 360 (SEQ ID NO-.360), Figure 362 (SEQ ID NO:362), Figure 364 (SEQ ID NO:364), Figure 366 (SEQ ID NO:366), Figure 368 (SEQ ID NO:368), Figure 370 (SEQ ID NO:370), Figure 372 (SEQ ID NO:372) and Figure 374 (SEQ ID NO:374).
2. An isolated nucleic acid molecule having at least 80% nucleic acid sequence identity to a nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of the nucleotide sequence shown in Figure 1 (SEQ ID NO:l), Figure 3 (SEQ ID NO:3), Figure 5 (SEQ ID NO:5), Figure 7 (SEQ ID NO:7), Figure 9 (SEQ ID NO:9), Figure 11 (SEQ ID NO: 11), Figure 13 (SEQ ID NO: 13), Figure 15 (SEQ ID NO: 15), Figure 17 (SEQ ID NO: 17), Figure 19 (SEQ ID NO: 19), Figure 21 (SEQ ID NO:21), Figure 23 (SEQ ID NO:23), Figure 25 (SEQ
ID NO:25), Figure 27 (SEQ ID NO:27), Figure 29 (SEQ ID NO:29), Figure 31 (SEQ ID NO:31), Figure 33 (SEQ ID NO:33), Figure 35 (SEQ ID NO:35), Figure 37 (SEQ ID NO:37), Figure 39 (SEQ ID NO:39), Figure 41 (SEQ ID NO:41), Figure 43 (SEQ ID NO:43), Figure 45 (SEQ ID NO:45), Figure 47 (SEQ ID NO:47), Figure 49 (SEQ ID NO:49), Figure 51 (SEQ ID NO:51), Figure 53 (SEQ ID NO:53), Figure 55 (SEQ ID NO:55), Figure 57 (SEQ ID NO:57), Figure 59 (SEQ ID NO:59), Figure 61 (SEQ ID NO:61), Figure 63 (SEQ
ID NO:63), Figure 65 (SEQ ID NO:65), Figure 67 (SEQ ID NO:67), Figure 69 (SEQ ID NO:69), Figure 71 (SEQ ID NO:71), Figure 73 (SEQ ID NO:73), Figures 75A-75B (SEQ ID NO:75), Figure 77 (SEQ ID NO:77), Figure 79 (SEQ ID NO:79), Figure 81 (SEQ ID NO:81), Figure 83 (SEQ ID NO:83), Figure 85 (SEQ ID NO:85), Figure 87 (SEQ ID NO:87), Figure 89 (SEQ ID NO:89), Figure 91 (SEQ ID NO:91), Figure 93 (SEQ ID NO:93), Figure 95 (SEQ ID NO:95), Figure 97 (SEQ ID NO:97), Figure 99 (SEQ ID NO:99), Figure 101
(SEQ ID NO: 101), Figure 103 (SEQ ID NO: 103), Figure 105 (SEQ ID NO: 105), Figure 107 (SEQ ID NO: 107), Figure 109 (SEQ ID NO: 109), Figure 111 (SEQ ID NO:lll), Figure 113 (SEQ ID NO:113), Figure 115 (SEQ ID NO:115), Figure 117 (SEQ ID NO: 117), Figure 119 (SEQ ID NO: 119), Figure 121 (SEQ ID NO: 121), Figure 123 (SEQ ID NO: 123), Figure 125 (SEQ ID NO: 125), Figure 127 (SEQ ID NO: 127), Figure 129 (SEQ ID NO:129), Figure 131 (SEQ ID NO: 131), Figure 133 (SEQ ID NO: 133), Figure 135 (SEQ ID NO: 135), Figure 137 (SEQ ID NO: 137), Figure 139 (SEQ ID NO: 139), Figure 141 (SEQ ID NO: 141), Figure 143 (SEQ ID NO: 143), Figure 145 (SEQ ID NO: 145), Figure 147 (SEQ ID NO: 147), Figure 149 (SEQ ID NO: 149), Figure
151 (SEQ ID NO:151), Figure 153 (SEQ ID NO:153), Figure 155 (SEQ ID NO:155), Figure 157 (SEQ ID NO: 157), Figure 159 (SEQ ID NO: 159), Figure 161 (SEQ ID NO: 161), Figure 163 (SEQ ID NO: 163), Figure 165 (SEQ ID NO: 165), Figure 167 (SEQ ID NO: 167), Figure 169 (SEQ ID NO: 169), Figure 171 (SEQ ID NO: 171), Figure 173 (SEQ ID NO: 173), Figure 175 (SEQ ID NO: 175), Figure 177 (SEQ ID NO: 177), Figure 179 (SEQ ID NO: 179), Figure 181 (SEQ ID NO: 181), Figure 183 (SEQ ID NO: 183), Figure 185 (SEQ ID
NO: 185), Figure 187 (SEQ ID NO: 187), Figure 189 (SEQ ID NO: 189), Figure 191 (SEQ ID NO: 191), Figure 193 (SEQ ID NO: 193), Figure 195 (SEQ ID NO: 195), Figure 197 (SEQ ID NO: 197), Figure 199 (SEQ ID NO: 199), Figure 201 (SEQ ID NO:201), Figure 203 (SEQ ID NO:203), Figure 205 (SEQ ID NO:205), Figure 207 (SEQ ID NO-.207), Figure 209 (SEQ ID NO:209), Figure 211 (SEQ ID NO:211), Figure 213 (SEQ ID NO:213), Figure 215 (SEQ ID NO:215), Figure 217 (SEQ ID NO:217), Figure 219 (SEQ ID NO:219), Figure
221 (SEQ ID NO:221), Figure 223 (SEQ ID NO:223), Figure 225 (SEQ ID NO:225), Figure 227 (SEQ ID NO:227), Figure 229 (SEQ ID NO:229), Figure 231 (SEQ ID NO:231), Figure 233 (SEQ ID NO:233), Figure 235 (SEQ ID NO:235), Figure 237 (SEQ ID NO:237), Figure 239 (SEQ ID NO:239), Figure 241 (SEQ ID NO:241), Figure 243 (SEQ ID NO:243), Figure 245 (SEQ ID NO:245), Figure 247 (SEQ ID NO:247), Figure 249 (SEQ ID NO:249), Figure 251 (SEQ ID NO:251), Figure 253 (SEQ ID NO:253), Figure 255 (SEQ ID
NO:255), Figure 257 (SEQ ID NO:257), Figure 259 (SEQ ID NO:259), Figure 261 (SEQ ID NO:261), Figure 263 (SEQ ID NO:263), Figure 265 (SEQ ID NO:265), Figure 267 (SEQ ID NO:267), Figure 269 (SEQ ID NO:269), Figure 271 (SEQ ID NO:271), Figure 273 (SEQ ID NO:273), Figure 275 (SEQ ID NO:275), Figure 277 (SEQ ID NO:277), Figure 279 (SEQ ID NO:279), Figure 281 (SEQ ID NO:281), Figure 283 (SEQ ID NO:283), Figure 285 (SEQ ID NO:285), Figure 287 (SEQ ID NO:287), Figures 289A-289B (SEQ ID NO:289),
Figure 291 (SEQ ID NO:291), Figure 293 (SEQ ID NO:293), Figure 295 (SEQ ID NO:295), Figure 297 (SEQ ID NO:297), Figure 299 (SEQ ID NO:299), Figure 301 (SEQ ID NO:301), Figure 303 (SEQ ID NO:303), Figure 305 (SEQ ID NO:305), Figure 307 (SEQ ID NO:307), Figure 309 (SEQ ID NO:309), Figures 311A-311B (SEQ ID NO:311), Figure 313 (SEQ ID NO:313), Figure 315 (SEQ ID NO:315), Figure 317 (SEQ ID NO:317), Figure 319 (SEQ ID NO:319), Figure 321 (SEQ ID NO:321), Figure 323 (SEQ ID NO:323), Figure 325 (SEQ ID
NO-.325), Figure 327 (SEQ ID NO:327), Figure 329 (SEQ ID NO:329), Figure 331 (SEQ ID NO:331), Figure 333 (SEQ ID NO:333), Figure 335 (SEQ ID NO:335), Figure 337 (SEQ ID NO:337), Figure 339 (SEQ ID NO:339), Figure 341 (SEQ ID NO:341), Figure 343 (SEQ ID NO:343), Figure 345 (SEQ ID NO:345), Figure 347 (SEQ ID NO:347), Figure 349 (SEQ ID NO:349), Figures 351A-351B (SEQ ID NO:351), Figure 353 (SEQ ID NO:353), Figure 355 (SEQ ID NO:355), Figure 357 (SEQ ID NO:357), Figure 359 (SEQ ID NO:359), Figure
361 (SEQ ID NO:361), Figure 363 (SEQ ID NO:363), Figure 365 (SEQ ID NO:365), Figure 367 (SEQ ID NO:367), Figure 369 (SEQ ID NO:369), Figure 371 (SEQ ID NO:371) and Figure 373 (SEQ ID NO:373).
3. An isolated nucleic acid molecule having at least 80% nucleic acid sequence identity to a nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of the full-length coding sequence of the nucleotide sequence shown in Figure 1 (SEQ ID NO: 1), Figure 3 (SEQ ID NO:3), Figure 5 (SEQ ID NO:5), Figure 7 (SEQ ID NO:7), Figure 9 (SEQ ID NO:9), Figure 11 (SEQ ID NO: ll), Figure 13 (SEQ ID NO:13), Figure 15 (SEQ ID NO: 15), Figure 17 (SEQ ID NO: 17), Figure 19 (SEQ ID NO: 19), Figure 21 (SEQ ID NO:21), Figure 23
(SEQ ID NO:23), Figure 25 (SEQ ID NO:25), Figure 27 (SEQ ID NO:27), Figure 29 (SEQ ID NO:29), Figure 31 (SEQ ID NO:31), Figure 33 (SEQ ID NO:33), Figure 35 (SEQ ID NO:35), Figure 37 (SEQ ID NO:37), Figure 39 (SEQ ID NO:39), Figure 41 (SEQ ID NO:41), Figure 43 (SEQ ID NO:43), Figure 45 (SEQ ID NO:45), Figure 47 (SEQ ID NO:47), Figure 49 (SEQ ID NO:49), Figure 51 (SEQ ID NO:51), Figure 53 (SEQ ID NO:53), Figure 55 (SEQ ID NO:55), Figure 57 (SEQ ID NO:57), Figure 59 (SEQ ID NO:59), Figure 61
(SEQ ID NO:61), Figure 63 (SEQ ID NO:63), Figure 65 (SEQ ID NO:65), Figure 67 (SEQ ID NO:67), Figure 69 (SEQ ID NO:69), Figure 71 (SEQ ID NO:71), Figure 73 (SEQ ID NO:73), Figures 75A-75B (SEQ ID NO:75), Figure 77 (SEQ ID NO:77), Figure 79 (SEQ ID NO:79), Figure 81 (SEQ ID NO:81), Figure 83 (SEQ ID NO:83), Figure 85 (SEQ ID NO:85), Figure 87 (SEQ ID NO:87), Figure 89 (SEQ ID NO:89), Figure 91 (SEQ ID NO:91), Figure 93 (SEQ ID NO:93), Figure 95 (SEQ ID NO:95), Figure 97 (SEQ ID NO:97), Figure
99 (SEQ ID NO:99), Figure 101 (SEQ ID NO: 101), Figure 103 (SEQ ID NO: 103), Figure 105 (SEQ ID NO: 105), Figure 107 (SEQ ID NO: 107), Figure 109 (SEQ ID NO: 109), Figure 111 (SEQ ID NO: 111), Figure 113 (SEQ ID NO:113), Figure 115 (SEQ ID NO:115), Figure 117 (SEQ ID NO: 117), Figure 119 (SEQ ID NO:119), Figure 121 (SEQ ID NO: 121), Figure 123 (SEQ ID NO:123), Figure 125 (SEQ ID NO:125), Figure 127 (SEQ ID NO: 127), Figure 129 (SEQ ID NO: 129), Figure 131 (SEQ ID NO:131), Figure 133 (SEQ ID
NO: 133), Figure 135 (SEQ ID NO: 135), Figure 137 (SEQ ID NO: 137), Figure 139 (SEQ ID NO: 139), Figure 141 (SEQ ID NO: 141), Figure 143 (SEQ ID NO: 143), Figure 145 (SEQ ID NO: 145), Figure 147 (SEQ ID NO: 147), Figure 149 (SEQ ID NO: 149), Figure 151 (SEQ ID NO: 151), Figure 153 (SEQ ID NO: 153), Figure 155 (SEQ ID NO: 155), Figure 157 (SEQ ID NO: 157), Figure 159 (SEQ ID NO: 159), Figure 161 (SEQ ID NO: 161), Figure 163 (SEQ ID NO: 163), Figure 165 (SEQ ID NO: 165), Figure 167 (SEQ ID NO: 167), Figure
169 (SEQ ID NO: 169), Figure 171 (SEQ ID NO: 171), Figure 173 (SEQ ID NO: 173), Figure 175 (SEQ ID NO: 175), Figure 177 (SEQ ID NO: 177), Figure 179 (SEQ ID NO: 179), Figure 181 (SEQ ID NO: 181), Figure 183 (SEQ ID NO: 183), Figure 185 (SEQ ID NO: 185), Figure 187 (SEQ ID NO: 187), Figure 189 (SEQ ID NO: 189), Figure 191 (SEQ ID NO: 191), Figure 193 (SEQ ID NO: 193), Figure 195 (SEQ ID NO: 195), Figure 197 (SEQ ID NO:197), Figure 199 (SEQ ID NO:199), Figure 201 (SEQ ID NO:201), Figure 203 (SEQ ID
NO:203), Figure 205 (SEQ ID NO:205), Figure 207 (SEQ ID NO:207), Figure 209 (SEQ ID NO-.209), Figure 211 (SEQ ID NO:211), Figure 213 (SEQ ID NO:213), Figure 215 (SEQ ID NO:215), Figure 217 (SEQ ID NO:217), Figure 219 (SEQ ID NO:219), Figure 221 (SEQ ID NO:221), Figure 223 (SEQ ID NO.-223), Figure 225 (SEQ ID NO:225), Figure 227 (SEQ ID NO:227), Figure 229 (SEQ ID NO:229), Figure 231 (SEQ ID NO:231), Figure 233 (SEQ ID NO:233), Figure 235 (SEQ ID NO:235), Figure 237 (SEQ ID NO:237), Figure
239 (SEQ ID NO:239), Figure 241 (SEQ ID NO:241), Figure 243 (SEQ ID NO:243), Figure 245 (SEQ ID NO:245), Figure 247 (SEQ ID NO:247), Figure 249 (SEQ ID NO:249), Figure 251 (SEQ ID NO:251), Figure 253 (SEQ ID NO:253), Figure 255 (SEQ ID NO:255), Figure 257 (SEQ ID NO:257), Figure 259 (SEQ ID NO:259), Figure 261 (SEQ ID NO:261), Figure 263 (SEQ ID NO:263), Figure 265 (SEQ ID NO:265), Figure 267 (SEQ ID NO:267), Figure 269 (SEQ ID NO:269), Figure 271 (SEQ ID NO:271), Figure 273 (SEQ ID NO:273), Figure 275 (SEQ ID NO:275), Figure 277 (SEQ ID NO:277), Figure 279 (SEQ ID NO:279), Figure 281 (SEQ ID NO:281), Figure 283 (SEQ ID NO:283), Figure 285 (SEQ ID NO:285), Figure 287 (SEQ ID
NO:287), Figures 289A-289B (SEQ ID NO:289), Figure 291 (SEQ ID NO:291), Figure 293 (SEQ ID NO:293), Figure 295 (SEQ ID NO:295), Figure 297 (SEQ ID NO:297), Figure 299 (SEQ ID NO:299), Figure 301 (SEQ ID NO:301), Figure 303 (SEQ ID NO:303), Figure 305 (SEQ ID NO:305), Figure 307 (SEQ ID NO:307), Figure 309 (SEQ ID NO:309), Figures 311A-311B (SEQ ID N0:311), Figure 313 (SEQ ID NO:313), Figure 315 (SEQ ID NO.-315), Figure 317 (SEQ ID NO:317), Figure 319 (SEQ ID NO:319), Figure 321 (SEQ ID NO:321), Figure
323 (SEQ ID NO:323), Figure 325 (SEQ ID NO:325), Figure 327 (SEQ ID NO:327), Figure 329 (SEQ ID NO:329), Figure 331 (SEQ ID NO:331), Figure 333 (SEQ ID NO:333), Figure 335 (SEQ ID NO:335), Figure 337 (SEQ ID NO:337), Figure 339 (SEQ ID NO:339), Figure 341 (SEQ ID NO:341), Figure 343 (SEQ ID NO:343), Figure 345 (SEQ ID NO:345), Figure 347 (SEQ ID NO:347), Figure 349 (SEQ ID NO:349), Figures 351A-351B (SEQ ID NO:351), Figure 353 (SEQ ID NO:353), Figure 355 (SEQ ID NO-.355), Figure 357 (SEQ
ID NO:357), Figure 359 (SEQ ID NO:359), Figure 361 (SEQ ID NO:361), Figure 363 (SEQ ID NO:363), Figure 365 (SEQ ID NO:365), Figure 367 (SEQ ID NO:367), Figure 369 (SEQ ID NO:369), Figure 371 (SEQ ID NO:371) and Figure 373 (SEQ ID NO:373).
4. An isolated nucleic acid molecule having at least 80 % nucleic acid sequence identity to the full- length coding sequence of the DNA deposited under any ATCC accession number shown in Table 7.
5. A vector comprising the nucleic acid of Claim 1.
6. A host cell comprising the vector of Claim 5.
7. The host cell of Claim 6, wherein said cell is a CHO cell.
8. The host cell of Claim 6, wherein said cell is an E. coli.
9. The host cell of Claim 6, wherein said cell is a yeast cell.
10. A process for producing a PRO polypeptide comprising culturing the host cell of Claim 6 under conditions suitable for expression of said PRO polypeptide and recovering said PRO polypeptide from the cell culture.
11. An isolated polypeptide having at least 80% amino acid sequence identity to an amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of the amino acid sequence shown in Figure 2 (SEQ ID NO: 2), Figure 4 (SEQ ID NO:4), Figure 6 (SEQ ID NO:6), Figure 8 (SEQ ID NO:8), Figure 10 (SEQ ID NO: 10), Figure 12 (SEQ ID NO: 12), Figure 14 (SEQ ID NO: 14), Figure 16 (SEQ ID NO: 16), Figure 18 (SEQ ID NO: 18), Figure 20 (SEQ ID NO:20), Figure 22 (SEQ ID NO:22), Figure 24 (SEQ ID NO:24), Figure 26 (SEQ
ID NO:26), Figure 28 (SEQ ID NO:28), Figure 30 (SEQ ID NO:30), Figure 32 (SEQ ID NO:32), Figure 34 (SEQ ID NO:34), Figure 36 (SEQ ID NO:36), Figure 38 (SEQ ID NO:38), Figure 40 (SEQ ID NO:40), Figure 42 (SEQ ID NO:42), Figure 44 (SEQ ID NO:44), Figure 46 (SEQ ID NO:46), Figure 48 (SEQ ID NO:48), Figure 50 (SEQ ID NO:50), Figure 52 (SEQ ID NO:52), Figure 54 (SEQ ID NO:54), Figure 56 (SEQ ID NO:56), Figure 58 (SEQ ID NO:58), Figure 60 (SEQ ID NO:60), Figure 62 (SEQ ID NO:62), Figure 64 (SEQ
ID NO:64), Figure 66 (SEQ ID NO:66), Figure 68 (SEQ ID NO:68), Figure 70 (SEQ ID NO:70), Figure 72 (SEQ ID NO:72), Figure 74 (SEQ ID NO:74), Figure 76 (SEQ ID NO:76), Figure 78 (SEQ ID NO:78), Figure 80 (SEQ ID NO-.80), Figure 82 (SEQ ID NO:82), Figure 84 (SEQ ID NO:84), Figure 86 (SEQ ID NO:86), Figure 88 (SEQ ID NO:88), Figure 90 (SEQ ID NO:90), Figure 92 (SEQ ID NO:92), Figure 94 (SEQ ID NO:94), Figure 96 (SEQ ID NO:96), Figure 98 (SEQ ID NO:98), Figure 100 (SEQ ID NO: 100), Figure 102
(SEQ ID NO: 102), Figure 104 (SEQ ID NO: 104), Figure 106 (SEQ ID NO: 106), Figure 108 (SEQ ID NO: 108), Figure 110 (SEQ ID NO:110), Figure 112 (SEQ ID NO:112), Figure 114 (SEQ ID NO:114), Figure 116 (SEQ ID NO: 116), Figure 118 (SEQ ID NO: 118), Figure 120 (SEQ ID NO: 120), Figure 122 (SEQ ID NO: 122), Figure 124 (SEQ ID NO: 124), Figure 126 (SEQ ID NO: 126), Figure 128 (SEQ ID NO: 128), Figure 130 (SEQ ID NO: 130), Figure 132 (SEQ ID NO: 132), Figure 134 (SEQ ID NO: 134), Figure 136 (SEQ ID NO: 136), Figure
138 (SEQ ID NO: 138), Figure 140 (SEQ ID NO: 140), Figure 142 (SEQ ID NO: 142), Figure 144 (SEQ ID NO: 144), Figure 146 (SEQ ID NO: 146), Figure 148 (SEQ ID NO: 148), Figure 150 (SEQ ID NO: 150), Figure 152 (SEQ ID NO: 152), Figure 154 (SEQ ID NO: 154), Figure 156 (SEQ ID NO: 156), Figure 158 (SEQ ID NO: 158), Figure 160 (SEQ ID NO: 160), Figure 162 (SEQ ID NO: 162), Figure 164 (SEQ ID NO: 164), Figure 166 (SEQ ID NO: 166), Figure 168 (SEQ ID NO: 168), Figure 170 (SEQ ID NO: 170), Figure 172 (SEQ ID
NO: 172), Figure 174 (SEQ ID NO: 174), Figure 176 (SEQ ID NO: 176), Figure 178 (SEQ ID NO: 178), Figure 180 (SEQ ID NO: 180), Figure 182 (SEQ ID NO: 182), Figure 184 (SEQ ID NO: 184), Figure 186 (SEQ ID NO:186), Figure 188 (SEQ ID NO:188), Figure 190 (SEQ ID NO:190), Figure 192 (SEQ ID NO:192), Figure 194 (SEQ ID NO: 194), Figure 196 (SEQ ID NO: 196), Figure 198 (SEQ ID NO: 198), Figure 200 (SEQ ID NO:200), Figure 202 (SEQ ID NO:202), Figure 204 (SEQ ID NO:204), Figure 206 (SEQ ID NO:206), Figure
208 (SEQ ID NO:208), Figure 210 (SEQ ID NO:210), Figure 212 (SEQ ID NO:212), Figure 214 (SEQ ID NO:214), Figure 216 (SEQ ID NO:216), Figure 218 (SEQ ID NO:218), Figure 220 (SEQ ID NO:220), Figure 222 (SEQ ID NO:222), Figure 224 (SEQ ID NO:224), Figure 226 (SEQ ID NO:226), Figure 228 (SEQ ID NO:228), Figure 230 (SEQ ID NO:230), Figure 232 (SEQ ID NO:232), Figure 234 (SEQ ID NO:234), Figure 236 (SEQ ID NO:236), Figure 238 (SEQ ID NO:238), Figure 240 (SEQ ID NO:240), Figure 242 (SEQ ID
NO:242), Figure 244 (SEQ ID NO:244), Figure 246 (SEQ ID NO:246), Figure 248 (SEQ ID NO:248), Figure 250 (SEQ ID NO:250), Figure 252 (SEQ ID NO:252), Figure 254 (SEQ ID NO:254), Figure 256 (SEQ ID NO:256), Figure 258 (SEQ ID NO:258), Figure 260 (SEQ ID NO:260), Figure 262 (SEQ ID NO:262), Figure 264 (SEQ ID NO:264), Figure 266 (SEQ ID NO:266), Figure 268 (SEQ ID NO:268), Figure 270 (SEQ ID NO:270), Figure 272 (SEQ ID NO:272), Figure 274 (SEQ ID NO:274), Figure 276 (SEQ ID NO:276), Figure 278 (SEQ ID NO:278), Figure 280 (SEQ ID NO:280), Figure 282 (SEQ ID NO:282), Figure 284 (SEQ ID NO:284), Figure 286 (SEQ ID NO:286), Figure 288 (SEQ ID NO:288), Figure 290 (SEQ ID NO:290), Figure
292 (SEQ ID NO:292), Figure 294 (SEQ ID NO:294), Figure 296 (SEQ ID NO:296), Figure 298 (SEQ ID NO:298), Figure 300 (SEQ ID NO:300), Figure 302 (SEQ ID NO:302), Figure 304 (SEQ ID NO:304), Figure 306 (SEQ ID NO:306), Figure 308 (SEQ ID NO:308), Figure 310 (SEQ ID NO:310), Figure 312 (SEQ ID NO:312), Figure 314 (SEQ ID NO:314), Figure 316 (SEQ ID NO:316), Figure 318 (SEQ ID NO:318), Figure 320 (SEQ ID NO:320), Figure 322 (SEQ ID NO:322), Figure 324 (SEQ ID NO:324), Figure 326 (SEQ ID
NO:326), Figure 328 (SEQ ID NO:328), Figure 330 (SEQ ID NO:330), Figure 332 (SEQ ID NO:332), Figure 334 (SEQ ID NO:334), Figure 336 (SEQ ID NO:336), Figure 338 (SEQ ID NO:338), Figure 340 (SEQ ID NO:340), Figure 342 (SEQ ID NO:342), Figure 344 (SEQ ID NO:344), Figure 346 (SEQ ID NO:346), Figure 348 (SEQ ID NO:348), Figure 350 (SEQ ID NO:350), Figure 352 (SEQ ID NO:352), Figure 354 (SEQ ID NO:354), Figure 356 (SEQ ID NO:356), Figure 358 (SEQ ID NO:358), Figure 360 (SEQ ID NO:360), Figure
362 (SEQ ID NO:362), Figure 364 (SEQ ID NO:364), Figure 366 (SEQ ID NO:366), Figure 368 (SEQ ID NO:368), Figure 370 (SEQ ID NO:370), Figure 372 (SEQ ID NO:372) and Figure 374 (SEQ ID NO:374).
12. An isolated polypeptide having at least 80% amino acid sequence identity to an amino acid sequence encoded by the full-length coding sequence of the DNA deposited under any ATCC accession number shown in Table 7.
13. A chimeric molecule comprising a polypeptide according to Claim 11 fused to a heterologous amino acid sequence.
14. The chimeric molecule of Claim 13, wherein said heterologous amino acid sequence is an epitope tag sequence.
15. The chimeric molecule of Claim 13, wherein said heterologous amino acid sequence is a Fc region of an immunoglobulin.
16. An antibody which specifically binds to a polypeptide according to Claim 11.
17. The antibody of Claim 16, wherein said antibody is a monoclonal antibody, a humanized antibody or a single-chain antibody.
18. An isolated nucleic acid molecule having at least 80% nucleic acid sequence identity to: (a) a nucleotide sequence encoding the polypeptide shown in Figure 2 (SEQ ID NO: 2), Figure 4
(SEQ ID NO:4), Figure 6 (SEQ ID NO:6), Figure 8 (SEQ ID NO:8), Figure 10 (SEQ ID NO: 10), Figure 12 (SEQ ID NO: 12), Figure 14 (SEQ ID NO: 14), Figure 16 (SEQ ID NO: 16), Figure 18 (SEQ ID NO: 18), Figure 20 (SEQ ID NO:20), Figure 22 (SEQ ID NO:22), Figure 24 (SEQ ID NO:24), Figure 26 (SEQ ID NO:26), Figure 28 (SEQ ID NO:28), Figure 30 (SEQ ID NO:30), Figure 32 (SEQ ID NO:32), Figure 34 (SEQ ID
NO:34), Figure 36 (SEQ ID NO:36), Figure 38 (SEQ ID NO:38), Figure 40 (SEQ ID NO:40), Figure 42 (SEQ ID NO:42), Figure 44 (SEQ ID NO:44), Figure 46 (SEQ ID NO:46), Figure 48 (SEQ ID NO:48), Figure 50 (SEQ ID NO:50), Figure 52 (SEQ ID NO:52), Figure 54 (SEQ ID NO:54), Figure 56 (SEQ ID NO:56), Figure 58 (SEQ ID NO:58), Figure 60 (SEQ ID NO:60), Figure 62 (SEQ ID NO:62), Figure 64 (SEQ ID NO:64), Figure 66 (SEQ ID NO:66), Figure 68 (SEQ ID NO:68), Figure 70 (SEQ ID NO:70), Figure 72 (SEQ ID
NO:72), Figure 74 (SEQ ID NO:74), Figure 76 (SEQ ID NO:76), Figure 78 (SEQ ID NO:78), Figure 80 (SEQ ID NO:80), Figure 82 (SEQ ID NO:82), Figure 84 (SEQ ID NO:84), Figure 86 (SEQ ID NO:86), Figure 88 (SEQ ID NO:88), Figure 90 (SEQ ID NO:90), Figure 92 (SEQ ID NO:92), Figure 94 (SEQ ID NO:94), Figure 96 (SEQ ID NO:96), Figure 98 (SEQ ID NO:98), Figure 100 (SEQ ID NO: 100), Figure 102 (SEQ ID NO: 102), Figure 104 (SEQ ID NO: 104), Figure 106 (SEQ ID NO: 106), Figure 108 (SEQ ID NO: 108), Figure 110 (SEQ
ID NO:110), Figure 112 (SEQ ID NO: 112), Figure 114 (SEQ ID NO: 114), Figure 116 (SEQ ID NO: 116), Figure 118 (SEQ ID NO: 118), Figure 120 (SEQ ID NO: 120), Figure 122 (SEQ ID NO: 122), Figure 124 (SEQ ID NO: 124), Figure 126 (SEQ ID NO: 126), Figure 128 (SEQ ID NO: 128), Figure 130 (SEQ ID NO: 130), Figure 132 (SEQ ID NO: 132), Figure 134 (SEQ ID NO: 134), Figure 136 (SEQ ID NO: 136), Figure 138 (SEQ ID NO: 138), Figure 140 (SEQ ID NO: 140), Figure 142 (SEQ ID NO: 142), Figure 144 (SEQ ID NO: 144), Figure
146 (SEQ ID NO: 146), Figure 148 (SEQ ID NO: 148), Figure 150 (SEQ ID NO: 150), Figure 152 (SEQ ID NO: 152), Figure 154 (SEQ ID NO: 154), Figure 156 (SEQ ID NO: 156), Figure 158 (SEQ ID NO: 158), Figure 160 (SEQ ID NO: 160), Figure 162 (SEQ ID NO: 162), Figure 164 (SEQ ID NO: 164), Figure 166 (SEQ ID NO: 166), Figure 168 (SEQ ID NO: 168), Figure 170 (SEQ ID NO: 170), Figure 172 (SEQ ID NO: 172), Figure 174 (SEQ ID NO: 174), Figure 176 (SEQ ID NO: 176), Figure 178 (SEQ ID NO: 178), Figure 180 (SEQ ID
NO: 180), Figure 182 (SEQ ID NO: 182), Figure 184 (SEQ ID NO: 184), Figure 186 (SEQ ID NO: 186), Figure 188 (SEQ ID NO: 188), Figure 190 (SEQ ID NO: 190), Figure 192 (SEQ ID NO: 192), Figure 194 (SEQ ID NO: 194), Figure 196 (SEQ ID NO: 196), Figure 198 (SEQ ID NO: 198), Figure 200 (SEQ ID NO:200), Figure 202 (SEQ ID NO:202), Figure 204 (SEQ ID NO:204), Figure 206 (SEQ ID NO:206), Figure 208 (SEQ ID NO:208), Figure 210 (SEQ ID NO:210), Figure 212 (SEQ ID NO:212), Figure 214 (SEQ ID NO:214), Figure
216 (SEQ ID NO:216), Figure 218 (SEQ ID NO:218), Figure 220 (SEQ ID NO:220), Figure 222 (SEQ ID NO:222), Figure 224 (SEQ ID NO:224), Figure 226 (SEQ ID NO:226), Figure 228 (SEQ ID NO:228), Figure 230 (SEQ ID NO:230), Figure 232 (SEQ ID NO:232), Figure 234 (SEQ ID NO:234), Figure 236 (SEQ ID NO:236), Figure 238 (SEQ ID NO:238), Figure 240 (SEQ ID NO:240), Figure 242 (SEQ ID NO:242), Figure 244 (SEQ ID NO:244), Figure 246 (SEQ ID NO:246), Figure 248 (SEQ ID NO:248), Figure 250 (SEQ ID
NO:250), Figure 252 (SEQ ID NO:252), Figure 254 (SEQ ID NO:254), Figure 256 (SEQ ID NO:256), Figure 258 (SEQ ID NO:258), Figure 260 (SEQ ID NO:260), Figure 262 (SEQ ID NO:262), Figure 264 (SEQ ID NO:264), Figure 266 (SEQ ID NO:266), Figure 268 (SEQ ID NO:268), Figure 270 (SEQ ID NO:270), Figure 272 (SEQ ID NO:272), Figure 274 (SEQ ID NO:274), Figure 276 (SEQ ID NO:276), Figure 278 (SEQ ID NO:278), Figure 280 (SEQ ID NO:280), Figure 282 (SEQ ID NO:282), Figure 284 (SEQ ID NO:284), Figure 286 (SEQ ID NO:286), Figure 288 (SEQ ID NO:288), Figure 290 (SEQ ID NO:290), Figure 292 (SEQ ID NO:292), Figure 294 (SEQ ID NO:294), Figure 296 (SEQ ID NO:296), Figure 298 (SEQ ID NO:298), Figure
300 (SEQ ID NO:300), Figure 302 (SEQ ID NO:302), Figure 304 (SEQ ID NO:304), Figure 306 (SEQ ID NO:306), Figure 308 (SEQ ID NO:308), Figure 310 (SEQ ID NO:310), Figure 312 (SEQ ID NO:312), Figure 314 (SEQ ID NO:314), Figure 316 (SEQ ID NO:316), Figure 318 (SEQ ID NO:318), Figure 320 (SEQ ID NO:320), Figure 322 (SEQ ID NO:322), Figure 324 (SEQ ID NO-.324), Figure 326 (SEQ ID NO:326), Figure 328 (SEQ ID NO:328), Figure 330 (SEQ ID NO:330), Figure 332 (SEQ ID NO:332), Figure 334 (SEQ ID
NO:334), Figure 336 (SEQ ID NO:336), Figure 338 (SEQ ID NO:338), Figure 340 (SEQ ID NO:340), Figure 342 (SEQ ID NO:342), Figure 344 (SEQ ID NO:344), Figure 346 (SEQ ID NO:346), Figure 348 (SEQ ID NO:348), Figure 350 (SEQ ID NO:350), Figure 352 (SEQ ID NO:352), Figure 354 (SEQ ID NO:354), Figure 356 (SEQ ID NO:356), Figure 358 (SEQ ID NO:358), Figure 360 (SEQ ID NO:360), Figure 362 (SEQ ID NO:362), Figure 364 (SEQ ID NO-.364), Figure 366 (SEQ ID NO-.366), Figure 368 (SEQ ID NO:368), Figure
370 (SEQ ID NO:370), Figure 372 (SEQ ID NO:372) or Figure 374 (SEQ ID NO:374), lacking its associated signal peptide;
(b) a nucleotide sequence encoding an exkacellular domain of the polypeptide shown in Figure 2
(SEQ ID NO:2), Figure 4 (SEQ ID NO:4), Figure 6 (SEQ ID NO:6), Figure 8 (SEQ ID NO:8), Figure 10 (SEQ ID NO: 10), Figure 12 (SEQ ID NO: 12), Figure 14 (SEQ ID NO: 14), Figure 16 (SEQ ID NO: 16), Figure 18
(SEQ ID NO: 18), Figure 20 (SEQ ID NO:20), Figure 22 (SEQ ID NO:22), Figure 24 (SEQ ID NO:24), Figure 26 (SEQ ID NO:26), Figure 28 (SEQ ID NO:28), Figure 30 (SEQ ID NO:30), Figure 32 (SEQ ID NO:32), Figure 34 (SEQ ID NO:34), Figure 36 (SEQ ID NO:36), Figure 38 (SEQ ID NO:38), Figure 40 (SEQ ID NO-.40), Figure 42 (SEQ ID NO:42), Figure 44 (SEQ ID NO:44), Figure 46 (SEQ ID NO:46), Figure 48 (SEQ ID NO:48), Figure 50 (SEQ ID NO:50), Figure 52 (SEQ ID NO:52), Figure 54 (SEQ ID NO:54), Figure 56
(SEQ ID NO:56), Figure 58 (SEQ ID NO:58), Figure 60 (SEQ ID NO:60), Figure 62 (SEQ ID NO:62), Figure 64 (SEQ ID NO:64), Figure 66 (SEQ ID NO:66), Figure 68 (SEQ ID NO:68), Figure 70 (SEQ ID NO:70), Figure 72 (SEQ ID NO:72), Figure 74 (SEQ ID NO:74), Figure 76 (SEQ ID NO:76), Figure 78 (SEQ ID NO:78), Figure 80 (SEQ ID NO:80), Figure 82 (SEQ ID NO:82), Figure 84 (SEQ ID NO:84), Figure 86 (SEQ ID NO:86), Figure 88 (SEQ ID NO:88), Figure 90 (SEQ ID NO:90), Figure 92 (SEQ ID NO:92), Figure 94
(SEQ ID NO:94), Figure 96 (SEQ ID NO:96), Figure 98 (SEQ ID NO:98), Figure 100 (SEQ ID NO: 100), Figure 102 (SEQ ID NO: 102), Figure 104 (SEQ ID NO: 104), Figure 106 (SEQ ID NO: 106), Figure 108 (SEQ ID NO: 108), Figure 110 (SEQ ID NO: 110), Figure 112 (SEQ ID NO: 112), Figure 114 (SEQ ID NO: 114), Figure 116 (SEQ ID NO: 116), Figure 118 (SEQ ID NO: 118), Figure 120 (SEQ ID NO: 120), Figure 122 (SEQ ID NO: 122), Figure 124 (SEQ ID NO: 124), Figure 126 (SEQ ID NO: 126), Figure 128 (SEQ ID NO: 128), Figure
130 (SEQ ID NO: 130), Figure 132 (SEQ ID NO: 132), Figure 134 (SEQ ID NO: 134), Figure 136 (SEQ ID NO-.136), Figure 138 (SEQ ID NO:138), Figure 140 (SEQ ID NO:140), Figure 142 (SEQ ID NO:142), Figure 144 (SEQ ID NO: 144), Figure 146 (SEQ ID NO: 146), Figure 148 (SEQ ID NO: 148), Figure 150 (SEQ ID NO: 150), Figure 152 (SEQ ID NO: 152), Figure 154 (SEQ ID NO: 154), Figure 156 (SEQ ID NO: 156), Figure 158 (SEQ ID NO: 158), Figure 160 (SEQ ID NO: 160), Figure 162 (SEQ ID NO: 162), Figure 164 (SEQ ID NO: 164), Figure 166 (SEQ ID NO: 166), Figure 168 (SEQ ID NO: 168), Figure 170 (SEQ ID NO: 170), Figure 172 (SEQ ID NO: 172), Figure 174 (SEQ ID NO: 174), Figure 176 (SEQ ID NO: 176), Figure 178 (SEQ ID
NO: 178), Figure 180 (SEQ ID NO: 180), Figure 182 (SEQ ID NO: 182), Figure 184 (SEQ ID NO: 184), Figure 186 (SEQ ID NO: 186), Figure 188 (SEQ ID NO: 188), Figure 190 (SEQ ID NO: 190), Figure 192 (SEQ ID NO: 192), Figure 194 (SEQ ID NO: 194), Figure 196 (SEQ ID NO:196), Figure 198 (SEQ ID NO:198), Figure 200 (SEQ ID NO:200), Figure 202 (SEQ ID NO:202), Figure 204 (SEQ ID NO:204), Figure 206 (SEQ ID NO:206), Figure 208 (SEQ ID NO:208), Figure 210 (SEQ ID NO:210), Figure 212 (SEQ ID NO:212), Figure
214 (SEQ ID NO:214), Figure 216 (SEQ ID NO:216), Figure 218 (SEQ ID NO:218), Figure 220 (SEQ ID NO:220), Figure 222 (SEQ ID NO:222), Figure 224 (SEQ ID NO:224), Figure 226 (SEQ ID NO:226), Figure 228 (SEQ ID NO:228), Figure 230 (SEQ ID NO:230), Figure 232 (SEQ ID NO:232), Figure 234 (SEQ ID NO:234), Figure 236 (SEQ ID NO:236), Figure 238 (SEQ ID NO:238), Figure 240 (SEQ ID NO:240), Figure 242 (SEQ ID NO:242), Figure 244 (SEQ ID NO:244), Figure 246 (SEQ ID NO:246), Figure 248 (SEQ ID
NO:248), Figure 250 (SEQ ID NO:250), Figure 252 (SEQ ID NO:252), Figure 254 (SEQ ID NO:254), Figure 256 (SEQ ID NO:256), Figure 258 (SEQ ID NO:258), Figure 260 (SEQ ID NO:260), Figure 262 (SEQ ID NO:262), Figure 264 (SEQ ID NO:264), Figure 266 (SEQ ID NO:266), Figure 268 (SEQ ID NO:268), Figure 270 (SEQ ID NO:270), Figure 272 (SEQ ID NO:272), Figure 274 (SEQ ID NO:274), Figure 276 (SEQ ID NO:276), Figure 278 (SEQ ID NO:278), Figure 280 (SEQ ID NO:280), Figure 282 (SEQ ID NO:282), Figure
284 (SEQ ID NO:284), Figure 286 (SEQ ID NO:286), Figure 288 (SEQ ID NO:288), Figure 290 (SEQ ID NO-.290), Figure 292 (SEQ ID NO-.292), Figure 294 (SEQ ID NO:294), Figure 296 (SEQ ID NO:296), Figure 298 (SEQ ID NO:298), Figure 300 (SEQ ID NO:300), Figure 302 (SEQ ID NO:302), Figure 304 (SEQ ID NO:304), Figure 306 (SEQ ID NO:306), Figure 308 (SEQ ID NO:308), Figure 310 (SEQ ID NO:310), Figure 312 (SEQ ID NO:312), Figure 314 (SEQ ID NO:314), Figure 316 (SEQ ID NO:316), Figure 318 (SEQ ID
NO:318), Figure 320 (SEQ ID NO:320), Figure 322 (SEQ ID NO:322), Figure 324 (SEQ ID NO:324), Figure 326 (SEQ ID NO:326), Figure 328 (SEQ ID NO:328), Figure 330 (SEQ ID NO:330), Figure 332 (SEQ ID NO:332), Figure 334 (SEQ ID NO:334), Figure 336 (SEQ ID NO:336), Figure 338 (SEQ ID NO:338), Figure 340 (SEQ ID NO:340), Figure 342 (SEQ ID NO:342), Figure 344 (SEQ ID NO:344), Figure 346 (SEQ ID NO:346), Figure 348 (SEQ ID NO:348), Figure 350 (SEQ ID NO:350), Figure 352 (SEQ ID NO:352), Figure
354 (SEQ ID NO:354), Figure 356 (SEQ ID NO:356), Figure 358 (SEQ ID NO:358), Figure 360 (SEQ ID NO:360), Figure 362 (SEQ ID NO:362), Figure 364 (SEQ ID NO:364), Figure 366 (SEQ ID NO:366), Figure 368 (SEQ ID NO:368), Figure 370 (SEQ ID NO:370), Figure 372 (SEQ ID NO:372) or Figure 374 (SEQ ID NO:374), with its associated signal peptide; or (c) a nucleotide sequence encoding an exkacellular domain of the polypeptide shown in Figure 2
(SEQ ID NO:2), Figure 4 (SEQ ID NO:4), Figure 6 (SEQ ID NO:6), Figure 8 (SEQ ID NO:8), Figure 10 (SEQ ID NO: 10), Figure 12 (SEQ ID NO: 12), Figure 14 (SEQ ID NO: 14), Figure 16 (SEQ ID NO: 16), Figure 18 (SEQ ID NO: 18), Figure 20 (SEQ ID NO:20), Figure 22 (SEQ ID NO:22), Figure 24 (SEQ ID NO:24), Figure 26 (SEQ ID NO:26), Figure 28 (SEQ ID NO:28), Figure 30 (SEQ ID NO:30), Figure 32 (SEQ ID NO:32), Figure 34 (SEQ ID NO:34), Figure 36 (SEQ ID NO:36), Figure 38 (SEQ ID NO:38), Figure 40 (SEQ ID NO:40), Figure 42 (SEQ ID NO:42), Figure 44 (SEQ ID NO:44), Figure 46 (SEQ ID NO:46), Figure 48 (SEQ ID NO:48), Figure 50 (SEQ ID NO:50), Figure 52 (SEQ ID NO:52), Figure 54 (SEQ ID NO:54), Figure 56
(SEQ ID NO:56), Figure 58 (SEQ ID NO:58), Figure 60 (SEQ ID NO:60), Figure 62 (SEQ ID NO:62), Figure 64 (SEQ ID NO:64), Figure 66 (SEQ ID NO:66), Figure 68 (SEQ ID NO:68), Figure 70 (SEQ ID NO:70), Figure 72 (SEQ ID NO:72), Figure 74 (SEQ ID NO:74), Figure 76 (SEQ ID NO:76), Figure 78 (SEQ ID NO:78), Figure 80 (SEQ ID NO:80), Figure 82 (SEQ ID NO:82), Figure 84 (SEQ ID NO:84), Figure 86 (SEQ ID NO:86), Figure 88 (SEQ ID NO:88), Figure 90 (SEQ ID NO:90), Figure 92 (SEQ ID NO:92), Figure 94
(SEQ ID NO:94), Figure 96 (SEQ ID NO:96), Figure 98 (SEQ ID NO:98), Figure 100 (SEQ ID NO: 100), Figure 102 (SEQ ID NO: 102), Figure 104 (SEQ ID NO: 104), Figure 106 (SEQ ID NO: 106), Figure 108 (SEQ ID NO: 108), Figure 110 (SEQ ID NO: 110), Figure 112 (SEQ ID NO: 112), Figure 114 (SEQ ID NO: 114), Figure 116 (SEQ ID NO:116), Figure 118 (SEQ ID NO:118), Figure 120 (SEQ ID NO: 120), Figure 122 (SEQ ID NO-.122), Figure 124 (SEQ ID NO:124), Figure 126 (SEQ ID NO:126), Figure 128 (SEQ ID NO:128), Figure
130 (SEQ ID NO: 130), Figure 132 (SEQ ID NO: 132), Figure 134 (SEQ ID NO: 134), Figure 136 (SEQ ID NO: 136), Figure 138 (SEQ ID NO: 138), Figure 140 (SEQ ID NO: 140), Figure 142 (SEQ ID NO: 142), Figure 144 (SEQ ID NO: 144), Figure 146 (SEQ ID NO: 146), Figure 148 (SEQ ID NO: 148), Figure 150 (SEQ ID NO: 150), Figure 152 (SEQ ID NO: 152), Figure 154 (SEQ ID NO: 154), Figure 156 (SEQ ID NO: 156), Figure 158 (SEQ ID NO: 158), Figure 160 (SEQ ID NO: 160), Figure 162 (SEQ ID NO: 162), Figure 164 (SEQ ID
NO: 164), Figure 166 (SEQ ID NO: 166), Figure 168 (SEQ ID NO: 168), Figure 170 (SEQ ID NO: 170), Figure 172 (SEQ ID NO: 172), Figure 174 (SEQ ID NO: 174), Figure 176 (SEQ ID NO: 176), Figure 178 (SEQ ID NO: 178), Figure 180 (SEQ ID NO: 180), Figure 182 (SEQ ID NO: 182), Figure 184 (SEQ ID NO: 184), Figure 186 (SEQ ID NO: 186), Figure 188 (SEQ ID NO: 188), Figure 190 (SEQ ID NO: 190), Figure 192 (SEQ ID NO: 192), Figure 194 (SEQ ID NO: 194), Figure 196 (SEQ ID NO: 196), Figure 198 (SEQ ID NO: 198), Figure
200 (SEQ ID NO:200), Figure 202 (SEQ ID NO:202), Figure 204 (SEQ ID NO:204), Figure 206 (SEQ ID NO:206), Figure 208 (SEQ ID NO:208), Figure 210 (SEQ ID NO:210), Figure 212 (SEQ ID NO:212), Figure 214 (SEQ ID NO:214), Figure 216 (SEQ ID NO:216), Figure 218 (SEQ ID NO:218), Figure 220 (SEQ ID NO:220), Figure 222 (SEQ ID NO:222), Figure 224 (SEQ ID NO:224), Figure 226 (SEQ ID NO:226), Figure 228 (SEQ ID NO:228), Figure 230 (SEQ ID NO:230), Figure 232 (SEQ ID NO:232), Figure 234 (SEQ ID
NO:234), Figure 236 (SEQ ID NO:236), Figure 238 (SEQ ID NO:238), Figure 240 (SEQ ID NO:240), Figure 242 (SEQ ID NO:242), Figure 244 (SEQ ID NO:244), Figure 246 (SEQ ID NO:246), Figure 248 (SEQ ID NO:248), Figure 250 (SEQ ID NO:250), Figure 252 (SEQ ID NO:252), Figure 254 (SEQ ID NO:254), Figure 256 (SEQ ID NO:256), Figure 258 (SEQ ID NO:258), Figure 260 (SEQ ID NO:260), Figure 262 (SEQ ID NO:262), Figure 264 (SEQ ID NO:264), Figure 266 (SEQ ID NO:266), Figure 268 (SEQ ID NO:268), Figure
270 (SEQ ID NO:270), Figure 272 (SEQ ID NO:272), Figure 274 (SEQ ID NO:274), Figure 276 (SEQ ID NO:276), Figure 278 (SEQ ID NO:278), Figure 280 (SEQ ID NO:280), Figure 282 (SEQ ID NO:282), Figure 284 (SEQ ID NO:284), Figure 286 (SEQ ID NO:286), Figure 288 (SEQ ID NO:288), Figure 290 (SEQ ID NO:290), Figure 292 (SEQ ID NO:292), Figure 294 (SEQ ID NO:294), Figure 296 (SEQ ID NO:296), Figure 298 (SEQ ID NO:298), Figure 300 (SEQ ID NO:300), Figure 302 (SEQ ID NO:302), Figure 304 (SEQ ID NO:304), Figure 306 (SEQ ID NO:306), Figure 308 (SEQ ID NO:308), Figure 310 (SEQ ID NO:310), Figure 312 (SEQ ID NO.-312), Figure 314 (SEQ ID NO:314), Figure 316 (SEQ ID NO:316), Figure 318 (SEQ ID
NO:318), Figure 320 (SEQ ID NO:320), Figure 322 (SEQ ID NO:322), Figure 324 (SEQ ID NO:324), Figure 326 (SEQ ID NO:326), Figure 328 (SEQ ID NO:328), Figure 330 (SEQ ID NO:330), Figure 332 (SEQ ID NO:332), Figure 334 (SEQ ID NO:334), Figure 336 (SEQ ID NO:336), Figure 338 (SEQ ID NO:338), Figure 340 (SEQ ID NO:340), Figure 342 (SEQ ID NO:342), Figure 344 (SEQ ID NO:344), Figure 346 (SEQ ID NO:346), Figure 348 (SEQ ID NO:348), Figure 350 (SEQ ID NO:350), Figure 352 (SEQ ID NO:352), Figure
354 (SEQ ID NO:354), Figure 356 (SEQ ID NO:356), Figure 358 (SEQ ID NO:358), Figure 360 (SEQ ID NO:360), Figure 362 (SEQ ID NO:362), Figure 364 (SEQ ID NO:364), Figure 366 (SEQ ID NO:366), Figure 368 (SEQ ID NO:368), Figure 370 (SEQ ID NO:370), Figure 372 (SEQ ID NO:372) or Figure 374 (SEQ ID NO: 374), lacking its associated signal peptide.
19. An isolated polypeptide having at least 80% amino acid sequence identity to: (a) an amino acid sequence of the polypeptide shown in Figure 2 (SEQ ID NO:2), Figure 4 (SEQ
ID NO:4), Figure 6 (SEQ ID NO:6), Figure 8 (SEQ ID NO:8), Figure 10 (SEQ ID NO:10), Figure 12 (SEQ ID NO: 12), Figure 14 (SEQ ID NO: 14), Figure 16 (SEQ ID NO: 16), Figure 18 (SEQ ID NO: 18), Figure 20 (SEQ ID NO:20), Figure 22 (SEQ ID NO:22), Figure 24 (SEQ ID NO:24), Figure 26 (SEQ ID NO:26), Figure 28
(SEQ ID NO:28), Figure 30 (SEQ ID NO:30), Figure 32 (SEQ ID NO:32), Figure 34 (SEQ ID NO:34), Figure 36 (SEQ ID NO:36), Figure 38 (SEQ ID NO:38), Figure 40 (SEQ ID NO:40), Figure 42 (SEQ ID NO:42), Figure 44 (SEQ ID NO:44), Figure 46 (SEQ ID NO:46), Figure 48 (SEQ ID NO:48), Figure 50 (SEQ ID NO:50), Figure 52 (SEQ ID NO:52), Figure 54 (SEQ ID NO:54), Figure 56 (SEQ ID NO:56), Figure 58 (SEQ ID NO:58), Figure 60 (SEQ ID NO:60), Figure 62 (SEQ ID NO:62), Figure 64 (SEQ ID NO:64), Figure 66
(SEQ ID NO:66), Figure 68 (SEQ ID NO:68), Figure 70 (SEQ ID NO:70), Figure 72 (SEQ ID NO:72), Figure 74 (SEQ ID NO:74), Figure 76 (SEQ ID NO:76), Figure 78 (SEQ ID NO:78), Figure 80 (SEQ ID NO:80), Figure 82 (SEQ ID NO-.82), Figure 84 (SEQ ID NO:84), Figure 86 (SEQ ID NO:86), Figure 88 (SEQ ID NO:88), Figure 90 (SEQ ID NO:90), Figure 92 (SEQ ID NO:92), Figure 94 (SEQ ID NO:94), Figure 96 (SEQ ID NO:96), Figure 98 (SEQ ID NO:98), Figure 100 (SEQ ID NO:100), Figure 102 (SEQ ID NO:102), Figure
104 (SEQ ID NO-.104), Figure 106 (SEQ ID NO:106), Figure 108 (SEQ ID NO:108), Figure 110 (SEQ ID NO:110), Figure 112 (SEQ ID NO:112), Figure 114 (SEQ ID NO:114), Figure 116 (SEQ ID NO:116), Figure 118 (SEQ ID NO: 118), Figure 120 (SEQ ID NO: 120), Figure 122 (SEQ ID NO: 122), Figure 124 (SEQ ID NO:124), Figure 126 (SEQ ID NO: 126), Figure 128 (SEQ ID NO:128), Figure 130 (SEQ ID NO:130), Figure 132 (SEQ ID NO: 132), Figure 134 (SEQ ID NO: 134), Figure 136 (SEQ ID NO:136), Figure 138 (SEQ ID
NO: 138), Figure 140 (SEQ ID NO: 140), Figure 142 (SEQ ID NO: 142), Figure 144 (SEQ ID NO: 144), Figure 146 (SEQ ID NO: 146), Figure 148 (SEQ ID NO: 148), Figure 150 (SEQ ID NO: 150), Figure 152 (SEQ ID NO: 152), Figure 154 (SEQ ID NO: 154), Figure 156 (SEQ ID NO: 156), Figure 158 (SEQ ID NO: 158), Figure 160 (SEQ ID NO: 160), Figure 162 (SEQ ID NO: 162), Figure 164 (SEQ ID NO: 164), Figure 166 (SEQ ID NO: 166), Figure 168 (SEQ ID NO: 168), Figure 170 (SEQ ID NO: 170), Figure 172 (SEQ ID NO: 172), Figure 174 (SEQ ID NO: 174), Figure 176 (SEQ ID NO: 176), Figure 178 (SEQ ID NO: 178), Figure 180 (SEQ ID NO: 180), Figure 182 (SEQ ID NO: 182), Figure 184 (SEQ ID NO: 184), Figure 186 (SEQ ID NO: 186), Figure
188 (SEQ ID NO: 188), Figure 190 (SEQ ID NO: 190), Figure 192 (SEQ ID NO: 192), Figure 194 (SEQ ID NO: 194), Figure 196 (SEQ ID NO: 196), Figure 198 (SEQ ID NO: 198), Figure 200 (SEQ ID NO:200), Figure 202 (SEQ ID NO:202), Figure 204 (SEQ ID NO:204), Figure 206 (SEQ ID NO:206), Figure 208 (SEQ ID NO:208), Figure 210 (SEQ ID NO:210), Figure 212 (SEQ ID NO:212), Figure 214 (SEQ ID NO:214), Figure 216 (SEQ ID NO:216), Figure 218 (SEQ ID NO:218), Figure 220 (SEQ ID NO:220), Figure 222 (SEQ ID
NO:222), Figure 224 (SEQ ID NO:224), Figure 226 (SEQ ID NO:226), Figure 228 (SEQ ID NO:228), Figure 230 (SEQ ID NO:230), Figure 232 (SEQ ID NO:232), Figure 234 (SEQ ID NO:234), Figure 236 (SEQ ID NO:236), Figure 238 (SEQ ID NO:238), Figure 240 (SEQ ID NO:240), Figure 242 (SEQ ID NO:242), Figure 244 (SEQ ID NO:244), Figure 246 (SEQ ID NO:246), Figure 248 (SEQ ID NO:248), Figure 250 (SEQ ID NO:250), Figure 252 (SEQ ID NO:252), Figure 254 (SEQ ID NO:254), Figure 256 (SEQ ID NO:256), Figure
258 (SEQ ID NO:258), Figure 260 (SEQ ID NO:260), Figure 262 (SEQ ID NO:262), Figure 264 (SEQ ID NO:264), Figure 266 (SEQ ID NO:266), Figure 268 (SEQ ID NO:268), Figure 270 (SEQ ID NO:270), Figure 272 (SEQ ID NO:272), Figure 274 (SEQ ID NO:274), Figure 276 (SEQ ID NO:276), Figure 278 (SEQ ID NO:278), Figure 280 (SEQ ID NO:280), Figure 282 (SEQ ID NO:282), Figure 284 (SEQ ID NO:284), Figure 286 (SEQ ID NO:286), Figure 288 (SEQ ID NO:288), Figure 290 (SEQ ID NO:290), Figure 292 (SEQ ID
NO:292), Figure 294 (SEQ ID NO:294), Figure 296 (SEQ ID NO:296), Figure 298 (SEQ ID NO:298), Figure 300 (SEQ ID NO:300), Figure 302 (SEQ ID NO:302), Figure 304 (SEQ ID NO:304), Figure 306 (SEQ ID NO:306), Figure 308 (SEQ ID NO:308), Figure 310 (SEQ ID NO:310), Figure 312 (SEQ ID NO:312), Figure 314 (SEQ ID NO:314), Figure 316 (SEQ ID NO:316), Figure 318 (SEQ ID NO:318), Figure 320 (SEQ ID NO:320), Figure 322 (SEQ ID NO:322), Figure 324 (SEQ ID NO:324), Figure 326 (SEQ ID NO:326), Figure
328 (SEQ ID NO:328), Figure 330 (SEQ ID NO:330), Figure 332 (SEQ ID NO:332), Figure 334 (SEQ ID NO:334), Figure 336 (SEQ ID NO:336), Figure 338 (SEQ ID NO:338), Figure 340 (SEQ ID NO:340), Figure 342 (SEQ ID NO:342), Figure 344 (SEQ ID NO:344), Figure 346 (SEQ ID NO:346), Figure 348 (SEQ ID NO:348), Figure 350 (SEQ ID NO:350), Figure 352 (SEQ ID NO:352), Figure 354 (SEQ ID NO:354), Figure 356 (SEQ ID NO:356), Figure 358 (SEQ ID NO:358), Figure 360 (SEQ ID NO:360), Figure 362 (SEQ ID
NO:362), Figure 364 (SEQ ID NO:364), Figure 366 (SEQ ID NO:366), Figure 368 (SEQ ID NO:368), Figure 370 (SEQ ID NO:370), Figure 372 (SEQ ID NO:372) or Figure 374 (SEQ ID NO:374), lacking its associated signal peptide;
(b) an amino acid sequence of an extracellular domain of the polypeptide shown in Figure 2 (SEQ ID NO:2), Figure 4 (SEQ ID NO:4), Figure 6 (SEQ ID NO:6), Figure 8 (SEQ ID NO:8), Figure 10 (SEQ ID
NO: 10), Figure 12 (SEQ ID NO: 12), Figure 14 (SEQ ID NO: 14), Figure 16 (SEQ ID NO: 16), Figure 18 (SEQ ID NO: 18), Figure 20 (SEQ ID NO:20), Figure 22 (SEQ ID NO:22), Figure 24 (SEQ ID NO:24), Figure 26 (SEQ ID NO:26), Figure 28 (SEQ ID NO:28), Figure 30 (SEQ ID NO:30), Figure 32 (SEQ ID NO:32), Figure 34 (SEQ ID NO:34), Figure 36 (SEQ ID NO:36), Figure 38 (SEQ ID NO:38), Figure 40 (SEQ ID NO:40), Figure 42 (SEQ ID NO:42), Figure 44 (SEQ ID NO:44), Figure 46 (SEQ ID NO:46), Figure 48 (SEQ ID NO:48), Figure 50 (SEQ ID NO:50), Figure 52 (SEQ ID NO:52), Figure 54 (SEQ ID NO:54), Figure 56 (SEQ ID NO:56), Figure 58 (SEQ ID NO:58), Figure 60 (SEQ ID NO:60), Figure 62 (SEQ ID NO:62), Figure 64
(SEQ ID NO:64), Figure 66 (SEQ ID NO:66), Figure 68 (SEQ ID NO:68), Figure 70 (SEQ ID NO:70), Figure 72 (SEQ ID NO:72), Figure 74 (SEQ ID NO:74), Figure 76 (SEQ ID NO:76), Figure 78 (SEQ ID NO:78), Figure 80 (SEQ ID NO:80), Figure 82 (SEQ ID NO:82), Figure 84 (SEQ ID NO:84), Figure 86 (SEQ ID NO:86), Figure 88 (SEQ ID NO:88), Figure 90 (SEQ ID NO:90), Figure 92 (SEQ ID NO:92), Figure 94 (SEQ ID NO:94), Figure 96 (SEQ ID NO:96), Figure 98 (SEQ ID NO:98), Figure 100 (SEQ ID NO: 100), Figure 102
(SEQ ID NO: 102), Figure 104 (SEQ ID NO: 104), Figure 106 (SEQ ID NO: 106), Figure 108 (SEQ ID NO: 108), Figure 110 (SEQ ID NO: 110), Figure 112 (SEQ ID NO: 112), Figure 114 (SEQ ID NO:114), Figure 116 (SEQ ID NO: 116), Figure 118 (SEQ ID NO: 118), Figure 120 (SEQ ID NO: 120), Figure 122 (SEQ ID NO: 122), Figure 124 (SEQ ID NO: 124), Figure 126 (SEQ ID NO: 126), Figure 128 (SEQ ID NO: 128), Figure 130 (SEQ ID NO: 130), Figure 132 (SEQ ID NO:132), Figure 134 (SEQ ID NO: 134), Figure 136 (SEQ ID NO:136), Figure
138 (SEQ ID NO: 138), Figure 140 (SEQ ID NO: 140), Figure 142 (SEQ ID NO: 142), Figure 144 (SEQ ID NO: 144), Figure 146 (SEQ ID NO: 146), Figure 148 (SEQ ID NO: 148), Figure 150 (SEQ ID NO: 150), Figure 152 (SEQ ID NO: 152), Figure 154 (SEQ ID NO: 154), Figure 156 (SEQ ID NO: 156), Figure 158 (SEQ ID NO: 158), Figure 160 (SEQ ID NO: 160), Figure 162 (SEQ ID NO: 162), Figure 164 (SEQ ID NO: 164), Figure 166 (SEQ ID NO: 166), Figure 168 (SEQ ID NO: 168), Figure 170 (SEQ ID NO: 170), Figure 172 (SEQ ID
NO: 172), Figure 174 (SEQ ID NO: 174), Figure 176 (SEQ ID NO: 176), Figure 178 (SEQ ID NO: 178), Figure 180 (SEQ ID NO: 180), Figure 182 (SEQ ID NO: 182), Figure 184 (SEQ ID NO: 184), Figure 186 (SEQ ID NO: 186), Figure 188 (SEQ ID NO: 188), Figure 190 (SEQ ID NO: 190), Figure 192 (SEQ ID NO: 192), Figure 194 (SEQ ID NO: 194), Figure 196 (SEQ ID NO: 196), Figure 198 (SEQ ID NO: 198), Figure 200 (SEQ ID NO:200), Figure 202 (SEQ ID NO:202), Figure 204 (SEQ ID NO:204), Figure 206 (SEQ ID NO:206), Figure
208 (SEQ ID NO:208), Figure 210 (SEQ ID NO:210), Figure 212 (SEQ ID NO:212), Figure 214 (SEQ ID NO:214), Figure 216 (SEQ ID NO:216), Figure 218 (SEQ ID NO:218), Figure 220 (SEQ ID NO:220), Figure 222 (SEQ ID NO:222), Figure 224 (SEQ ID NO:224), Figure 226 (SEQ ID NO:226), Figure 228 (SEQ ID NO:228), Figure 230 (SEQ ID NO:230), Figure 232 (SEQ ID NO:232), Figure 234 (SEQ ID NO:234), Figure 236 (SEQ ID NO:236), Figure 238 (SEQ ID NO-.238), Figure 240 (SEQ ID NO:240), Figure 242 (SEQ ID
NO:242), Figure 244 (SEQ ID NO:244), Figure 246 (SEQ ID NO:246), Figure 248 (SEQ ID NO:248), Figure 250 (SEQ ID NO:250), Figure 252 (SEQ ID NO:252), Figure 254 (SEQ ID NO:254), Figure 256 (SEQ ID NO-.256), Figure 258 (SEQ ID NO:258), Figure 260 (SEQ ID NO:260), Figure 262 (SEQ ID NO:262), Figure 264 (SEQ ID NO:264), Figure 266 (SEQ ID NO:266), Figure 268 (SEQ ID NO:268), Figure 270 (SEQ ID NO:270), Figure 272 (SEQ ID NO:272), Figure 274 (SEQ ID NO:274), Figure 276 (SEQ ID NO:276), Figure
278 (SEQ ID NO:278), Figure 280 (SEQ ID NO-.280), Figure 282 (SEQ ID NO:282), Figure 284 (SEQ ID NO:284), Figure 286 (SEQ ID NO:286), Figure 288 (SEQ ID NO:288), Figure 290 (SEQ ID NO:290), Figure 292 (SEQ ID NO:292), Figure 294 (SEQ ID NO:294), Figure 296 (SEQ ID NO:296), Figure 298 (SEQ ID NO:298), Figure 300 (SEQ ID NO:300), Figure 302 (SEQ ID NO:302), Figure 304 (SEQ ID NO:304), Figure 306 (SEQ ID NO:306), Figure 308 (SEQ ID NO:308), Figure 310 (SEQ ID NO:310), Figure 312 (SEQ ID NO:312), Figure 314 (SEQ ID NO:314), Figure 316 (SEQ ID NO:316), Figure 318 (SEQ ID NO:318), Figure 320 (SEQ ID NO:320), Figure 322 (SEQ ID NO:322), Figure 324 (SEQ ID NO:324), Figure 326 (SEQ ID
NO:326), Figure 328 (SEQ ID NO:328), Figure 330 (SEQ ID NO:330), Figure 332 (SEQ ID NO:332), Figure 334 (SEQ ID NO:334), Figure 336 (SEQ ID NO:336), Figure 338 (SEQ ID NO:338), Figure 340 (SEQ ID NO.-340), Figure 342 (SEQ ID NO:342), Figure 344 (SEQ ID NO:344), Figure 346 (SEQ ID NO:346), Figure 348 (SEQ ID NO:348), Figure 350 (SEQ ID NO:350), Figure 352 (SEQ ID NO:352), Figure 354 (SEQ ID NO:354), Figure 356 (SEQ ID NO:356), Figure 358 (SEQ ID NO:358), Figure 360 (SEQ ID NO:360), Figure
362 (SEQ ID NO:362), Figure 364 (SEQ ID NO:364), Figure 366 (SEQ ID NO:366), Figure 368 (SEQ ID NO:368), Figure 370 (SEQ ID NO:370), Figure 372 (SEQ ID NO:372) or Figure 374 (SEQ ID NO:374), with its associated signal peptide; or
(c) an amino acid sequence of an extracellular domain of the polypeptide shown in Figure 2 (SEQ ID NO:2), Figure 4 (SEQ ID NO:4), Figure 6 (SEQ ID NO:6), Figure 8 (SEQ ID NO:8), Figure 10 (SEQ ID
NO: 10), Figure 12 (SEQ ID NO: 12), Figure 14 (SEQ ID NO: 14), Figure 16 (SEQ ID NO: 16), Figure 18 (SEQ ID NO: 18), Figure 20 (SEQ ID NO:20), Figure 22 (SEQ ID NO:22), Figure 24 (SEQ ID NO:24), Figure 26 (SEQ ID NO:26), Figure 28 (SEQ ID NO:28), Figure 30 (SEQ ID NO:30), Figure 32 (SEQ ID NO:32), Figure 34 (SEQ ID NO:34), Figure 36 (SEQ ID NO:36), Figure 38 (SEQ ID NO:38), Figure 40 (SEQ ID NO:40), Figure 42 (SEQ ID NO:42), Figure 44 (SEQ ID NO:44), Figure 46 (SEQ ID NO:46), Figure 48 (SEQ ID
NO:48), Figure 50 (SEQ ID NO:50), Figure 52 (SEQ ID NO:52), Figure 54 (SEQ ID NO:54), Figure 56 (SEQ ID NO:56), Figure 58 (SEQ ID NO:58), Figure 60 (SEQ ID NO:60), Figure 62 (SEQ ID NO:62), Figure 64 (SEQ ID NO:64), Figure 66 (SEQ ID NO:66), Figure 68 (SEQ ID NO:68), Figure 70 (SEQ ID NO:70), Figure 72 (SEQ ID NO:72), Figure 74 (SEQ ID NO:74), Figure 76 (SEQ ID NO:76), Figure 78 (SEQ ID NO:78), Figure 80 (SEQ ID NO:80), Figure 82 (SEQ ID NO:82), Figure 84 (SEQ ID NO:84), Figure 86 (SEQ ID
NO:86), Figure 88 (SEQ ID NO:88), Figure 90 (SEQ ID NO:90), Figure 92 (SEQ ID NO:92), Figure 94 (SEQ ID NO:94), Figure 96 (SEQ ID NO:96), Figure 98 (SEQ ID NO:98), Figure 100 (SEQ ID NO: 100), Figure 102 (SEQ ID NO: 102), Figure 104 (SEQ ID NO: 104), Figure 106 (SEQ ID NO: 106), Figure 108 (SEQ ID NO: 108), Figure 110 (SEQ ID NO:110), Figure 112 (SEQ ID NO: 112), Figure 114 (SEQ ID NO:114), Figure 116 (SEQ ID NO: 116), Figure 118 (SEQ ID NO: 118), Figure 120 (SEQ ID NO: 120), Figure 122 (SEQ ID NO: 122), Figure
124 (SEQ ID NO: 124), Figure 126 (SEQ ID NO: 126), Figure 128 (SEQ ID NO: 128), Figure 130 (SEQ ID NO: 130), Figure 132 (SEQ ID NO: 132), Figure 134 (SEQ ID NO: 134), Figure 136 (SEQ ID NO: 136), Figure 138 (SEQ ID NO: 138), Figure 140 (SEQ ID NO: 140), Figure 142 (SEQ ID NO: 142), Figure 144 (SEQ ID NO: 144), Figure 146 (SEQ ID NO: 146), Figure 148 (SEQ ID NO: 148), Figure 150 (SEQ ID NO: 150), Figure 152 (SEQ ID NO: 152), Figure 154 (SEQ ID NO: 154), Figure 156 (SEQ ID NO: 156), Figure 158 (SEQ ID
NO: 158), Figure 160 (SEQ ID NO: 160), Figure 162 (SEQ ID NO: 162), Figure 164 (SEQ ID NO: 164), Figure 166 (SEQ ID NO: 166), Figure 168 (SEQ ID NO: 168), Figure 170 (SEQ ID NO: 170), Figure 172 (SEQ ID NO: 172), Figure 174 (SEQ ID NO: 174), Figure 176 (SEQ ID NO: 176), Figure 178 (SEQ ID NO: 178), Figure 180 (SEQ ID NO: 180), Figure 182 (SEQ ID NO: 182), Figure 184 (SEQ ID NO: 184), Figure 186 (SEQ ID NO: 186), Figure 188 (SEQ ID NO: 188), Figure 190 (SEQ ID NO: 190), Figure 192 (SEQ ID NO: 192), Figure 194 (SEQ ID NO: 194), Figure 196 (SEQ ID NO: 196), Figure 198 (SEQ ID NO: 198), Figure 200 (SEQ ID NO:200), Figure 202 (SEQ ID NO:202), Figure 204 (SEQ ID NO:204), Figure 206 (SEQ ID NO:206), Figure
208 (SEQ ID NO.-208), Figure 210 (SEQ ID NO:210), Figure 212 (SEQ ID NO:212), Figure 214 (SEQ ID NO:214), Figure 216 (SEQ ID NO:216), Figure 218 (SEQ ID NO:218), Figure 220 (SEQ ID NO:220), Figure 222 (SEQ ID NO:222), Figure 224 (SEQ ID NO:224), Figure 226 (SEQ ID NO:226), Figure 228 (SEQ ID NO:228), Figure 230 (SEQ ID NO:230), Figure 232 (SEQ ID NO:232), Figure 234 (SEQ ID NO:234), Figure 236 (SEQ ID NO:236), Figure 238 (SEQ ID NO:238), Figure 240 (SEQ ID NO:240), Figure 242 (SEQ ID
NO:242), Figure 244 (SEQ ID NO:244), Figure 246 (SEQ ID NO:246), Figure 248 (SEQ ID NO:248), Figure 250 (SEQ ID NO:250), Figure 252 (SEQ ID NO:252), Figure 254 (SEQ ID NO:254), Figure 256 (SEQ ID NO:256), Figure 258 (SEQ ID NO:258), Figure 260 (SEQ ID NO:260), Figure 262 (SEQ ID NO:262), Figure 264 (SEQ ID NO:264), Figure 266 (SEQ ID NO:266), Figure 268 (SEQ ID NO:268), Figure 270 (SEQ ID NO-.270), Figure 272 (SEQ ID NO-.272), Figure 274 (SEQ ID NO:274), Figure 276 (SEQ ID NO:276), Figure
278 (SEQ ID NO:278), Figure 280 (SEQ ID NO:280), Figure 282 (SEQ ID NO:282), Figure 284 (SEQ ID NO:284), Figure 286 (SEQ ID NO:286), Figure 288 (SEQ ID NO:288), Figure 290 (SEQ ID NO:290), Figure 292 (SEQ ID NO:292), Figure 294 (SEQ ID NO:294), Figure 296 (SEQ ID NO:296), Figure 298 (SEQ ID NO:298), Figure 300 (SEQ ID NO:300), Figure 302 (SEQ ID NO:302), Figure 304 (SEQ ID NO:304), Figure 306 (SEQ ID NO:306), Figure 308 (SEQ ID NO:308), Figure 310 (SEQ ID NO:310), Figure 312 (SEQ ID
NO:312), Figure 314 (SEQ ID NO:314), Figure 316 (SEQ ID NO:316), Figure 318 (SEQ ID NO:318), Figure 320 (SEQ ID NO:320), Figure 322 (SEQ ID NO:322), Figure 324 (SEQ ID NO:324), Figure 326 (SEQ ID NO:326), Figure 328 (SEQ ID NO:328), Figure 330 (SEQ ID NO:330), Figure 332 (SEQ ID NO:332), Figure 334 (SEQ ID NO:334), Figure 336 (SEQ ID NO:336), Figure 338 (SEQ ID NO:338), Figure 340 (SEQ ID NO:340), Figure 342 (SEQ ID NO:342), Figure 344 (SEQ ID NO:344), Figure 346 (SEQ ID NO:346), Figure
348 (SEQ ID NO:348), Figure 350 (SEQ ID NO:350), Figure 352 (SEQ ID NO:352), Figure 354 (SEQ ID NO:354), Figure 356 (SEQ ID NO:356), Figure 358 (SEQ ID NO:358), Figure 360 (SEQ ID NO:360), Figure 362 (SEQ ID NO:362), Figure 364 (SEQ ID NO:364), Figure 366 (SEQ ID NO:366), Figure 368 (SEQ ID NO:368), Figure 370 (SEQ ID NO:370), Figure 372 (SEQ ID NO:372) or Figure 374 (SEQ ID NO:374), lacking its associated signal peptide.
20. A method for keating a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal a therapeutically effective amount of a polypeptide shown in Figure 2 (SEQ ID NO:2), Figure 4 (SEQ ID NO:4), Figure 6 (SEQ ID NO:6), Figure 8 (SEQ ID NO:8), Figure 10 (SEQ ID NO: 10), Figure 12 (SEQ ID NO: 12), Figure 14 (SEQ ID NO: 14), Figure 16 (SEQ ID NO: 16), Figure 18
(SEQ ID NO: 18), Figure 20 (SEQ ID NO:20), Figure 22 (SEQ ID NO:22), Figure 24 (SEQ ID NO:24), Figure 26 (SEQ ID NO:26), Figure 28 (SEQ ID NO:28), Figure 30 (SEQ ID NO:30), Figure 32 (SEQ ID NO:32), Figure 34 (SEQ ID NO:34), Figure 36 (SEQ ID NO:36), Figure 38 (SEQ ID NO:38), Figure 40 (SEQ ID NO:40), Figure 42 (SEQ ID NO:42), Figure 44 (SEQ ID NO:44), Figure 46 (SEQ ID NO:46), Figure 48 (SEQ ID NO:48), Figure 50 (SEQ ID NO:50), Figure 52 (SEQ ID NO:52), Figure 54 (SEQ ID NO:54), Figure 56 (SEQ ID NO:56), Figure 58 (SEQ ID NO:58), Figure 60 (SEQ ID NO:60), Figure 62 (SEQ ID NO:62), Figure 64 (SEQ ID NO:64), Figure 66 (SEQ ID NO:66), Figure 68 (SEQ ID NO:68), Figure 70 (SEQ ID NO:70),
Figure 72 (SEQ ID NO:72), Figure 74 (SEQ ID NO:74), Figure 76 (SEQ ID NO:76), Figure 78 (SEQ ID NO:78), Figure 80 (SEQ ID NO:80), Figure 82 (SEQ ID NO:82), Figure 84 (SEQ ID NO:84), Figure 86 (SEQ ID NO:86), Figure 88 (SEQ ID,NO:88), Figure 90 (SEQ ID NO:90), Figure 92 (SEQ ID NO:92), Figure 94 (SEQ ID NO:94), Figure 96 (SEQ ID NO:96), Figure 98 (SEQ ID NO:98), Figure 100 (SEQ ID NO: 100), Figure 102 (SEQ ID NO: 102), Figure 104 (SEQ ID NO: 104), Figure 106 (SEQ ID NO: 106), Figure 108 (SEQ
ID NO: 108), Figure 110 (SEQ ID NO: 110), Figure 112 (SEQ ID NO: 112), Figure 114 (SEQ ID NO: 114), Figure 116 (SEQ ID NO: 116), Figure 118 (SEQ ID NO:118), Figure 120 (SEQ ID NO: 120), Figure 122 (SEQ ID NO: 122), Figure 124 (SEQ ID NO: 124), Figure 126 (SEQ ID NO: 126), Figure 128 (SEQ ID NO: 128), Figure 130 (SEQ ID NO: 130), Figure 132 (SEQ ID NO: 132), Figure 134 (SEQ ID NO: 134), Figure 136 (SEQ ID NO: 136), Figure 138 (SEQ ID NO: 138), Figure 140 (SEQ ID NO: 140), Figure 142 (SEQ ID NO: 142), Figure
144 (SEQ ID NO: 144), Figure 146 (SEQ ID NO: 146), Figure 148 (SEQ ID NO: 148), Figure 150 (SEQ ID NO: 150), Figure 152 (SEQ ID NO: 152), Figure 154 (SEQ ID NO: 154), Figure 156 (SEQ ID NO: 156), Figure 158 (SEQ ID NO: 158), Figure 160 (SEQ ID NO: 160), Figure 162 (SEQ ID NO: 162), Figure 164 (SEQ ID NO: 164), Figure 166 (SEQ ID NO: 166), Figure 168 (SEQ ID NO: 168), Figure 170 (SEQ ID NO: 170), Figure 172 (SEQ ID NO: 172), Figure 174 (SEQ ID NO: 174), Figure 176 (SEQ ID NO: 176), Figure 178 (SEQ ID
NO: 178), Figure 180 (SEQ ID NO: 180), Figure 182 (SEQ ID NO: 182), Figure 184 (SEQ ID NO: 184), Figure 186 (SEQ ID NO: 186), Figure 188 (SEQ ID NO: 188), Figure 190 (SEQ ID NO: 190), Figure 192 (SEQ ID NO: 192), Figure 194 (SEQ ID NO: 194), Figure 196 (SEQ ID NO: 196), Figure 198 (SEQ ID NO: 198), Figure 200 (SEQ ID NO:200), Figure 202 (SEQ ID NO:202), Figure 204 (SEQ ID NO:204), Figure 206 (SEQ ID NO:206), Figure 208 (SEQ ID NO:208), Figure 210 (SEQ ID NO:210), Figure 212 (SEQ ID NO:212), Figure
214 (SEQ ID NO:214), Figure 216 (SEQ ID NO:216), Figure 218 (SEQ ID NO:218), Figure 220 (SEQ ID NO:220), Figure 222 (SEQ ID NO:222), Figure 224 (SEQ ID NO:224), Figure 226 (SEQ ID NO:226), Figure 228 (SEQ ID NO:228), Figure 230 (SEQ ID NO:230), Figure 232 (SEQ ID NO:232), Figure 234 (SEQ ID NO:234), Figure 236 (SEQ ID NO:236), Figure 238 (SEQ ID NO:238), Figure 240 (SEQ ID NO:240), Figure 242 (SEQ ID NO:242), Figure 244 (SEQ ID NO:244), Figure 246 (SEQ ID NO:246), Figure 248 (SEQ ID
NO:248), Figure 250 (SEQ ID NO:250), Figure 252 (SEQ ID NO:252), Figure 254 (SEQ ID NO:254), Figure 256 (SEQ ID NO:256), Figure 258 (SEQ ID NO:258), Figure 260 (SEQ ID NO:260), Figure 262 (SEQ ID NO:262), Figure 264 (SEQ ID NO:264), Figure 266 (SEQ ID NO:266), Figure 268 (SEQ ID NO:268), Figure 270 (SEQ ID NO:270), Figure 272 (SEQ ID NO:272), Figure 274 (SEQ ID NO:274), Figure 276 (SEQ ID NO:276), Figure 278 (SEQ ID NO:278), Figure 280 (SEQ ID NO:280), Figure 282 (SEQ ID NO:282), Figure
284 (SEQ ID NO:284), Figure 286 (SEQ ID NO:286), Figure 288 (SEQ ID NO:288), Figure 290 (SEQ ID NO:290), Figure 292 (SEQ ID NO:292), Figure 294 (SEQ ID NO:294), Figure 296 (SEQ ID NO:296), Figure 298 (SEQ ID NO:298), Figure 300 (SEQ ID NO:300), Figure 302 (SEQ ID NO:302), Figure 304 (SEQ ID NO:304), Figure 306 (SEQ ID NO:306), Figure 308 (SEQ ID NO:308), Figure 310 (SEQ ID NO:310), Figure 312 (SEQ ID NO:312), Figure 314 (SEQ ID NO:314), Figure 316 (SEQ ID NO:316), Figure 318 (SEQ ID NO:318), Figure 320 (SEQ ID NO:320), Figure 322 (SEQ ID NO:322), Figure 324 (SEQ ID NO:324), Figure 326 (SEQ ID NO:326), Figure 328 (SEQ ID NO:328), Figure 330 (SEQ ID NO:330), Figure 332 (SEQ ID
NO:332), Figure 334 (SEQ ID NO:334), Figure 336 (SEQ ID NO:336), Figure 338 (SEQ ID NO:338), Figure 340 (SEQ ID NO:340), Figure 342 (SEQ ID NO:342), Figure 344 (SEQ ID NO:344), Figure 346 (SEQ ID NO:346), Figure 348 (SEQ ID NO:348), Figure 350 (SEQ ID NO:350), Figure 352 (SEQ ID NO:352), Figure 354 (SEQ ID NO:354), Figure 356 (SEQ ID NO:356), Figure 358 (SEQ ID NO:358), Figure 360 (SEQ ID NO:360), Figure 362 (SEQ ID NO:362), Figure 364 (SEQ ID NO:364), Figure 366 (SEQ ID NO:366), Figure
368 (SEQ ID NO:368), Figure 370 (SEQ ID NO:370), Figure 372 (SEQ ID NO:372) or Figure 374 (SEQ ID NO: 374), or agonist or antagonist thereof.
21. The method according to Claim 20, wherein the mammal is human.
22. The method of Claim 21 , wherein the human has suffered myocardial infarction.
23. The method of Claim 21 , wherein the human has cardiac hypertrophy, kauma, a cancer, or age- related macular degeneration.
24. The method of Claim 23, wherein the cardiac hypertrophy is characterized by tlie presence of an elevated level of PGF2„.
25. The method of Claim 20, wherein the polypeptide is administered together with a cardiovascular, endotlielial or angiogenic agent.
26. The method of Claim 23 , wherem the polypeptide is administered following primary angioplasty.
27. The method of Claim 20, wherein the cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder is cancer.
28. The method of Claim 27, wherein the polypeptide is administered in combination with a chemotherapeutic agent, a growth inhibitory agent or a cytotoxic agent.
29. The method of Claim 20, wherein said agonist is an antibody to said polypeptide.
30. The method of Claim 20, wherein said antagonist is an antibody to said polypeptide.
31. A method for keating a cardiovascular, endothelial or angiogenic disorder in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal a nucleic acid molecule that encodes a polypeptide shown in Figure 2 (SEQ ID NO:2), Figure 4 (SEQ ID NO:4), Figure 6 (SEQ ID NO:6), Figure 8 (SEQ ID NO:8), Figure 10 (SEQ ID NO: 10), Figure 12 (SEQ ID NO: 12), Figure 14 (SEQ ID NO: 14), Figure 16 (SEQ ID NO: 16), Figure 18 (SEQ ID NO: 18), Figure 20 (SEQ ID NO:20), Figure 22 (SEQ ID NO:22), Figure 24 (SEQ ID NO:24), Figure
26 (SEQ ID NO:26), Figure 28 (SEQ ID NO:28), Figure 30 (SEQ ID NO:30), Figure 32 (SEQ ID NO:32), Figure 34 (SEQ ID NO:34), Figure 36 (SEQ ID NO:36), Figure 38 (SEQ ID NO:38), Figure 40 (SEQ ID NO:40), Figure 42 (SEQ ID NO:42), Figure 44 (SEQ ID NO:44), Figure 46 (SEQ ID NO:46), Figure 48 (SEQ ID NO:48), Figure 50 (SEQ ID NO:50), Figure 52 (SEQ ID NO:52), Figure 54 (SEQ ID NO:54), Figure 56 (SEQ ID NO-.56), Figure 58 (SEQ ID NO:58), Figure 60 (SEQ ID NO:60), Figure 62 (SEQ ID NO:62), Figure
64 (SEQ ID NO:64), Figure 66 (SEQ ID NO:66), Figure 68 (SEQ ID NO:68), Figure 70 (SEQ ID NO:70), Figure 72 (SEQ ID NO:72), Figure 74 (SEQ ID NO:74), Figure 76 (SEQ ID NO:76), Figure 78 (SEQ ID NO:78), Figure 80 (SEQ ID NO:80), Figure 82 (SEQ ID NO:82), Figure 84 (SEQ ID NO:84), Figure 86 (SEQ ID NO:86), Figure 88 (SEQ ID NO:88), Figure 90 (SEQ ID NO:90), Figure 92 (SEQ ID NO:92), Figure 94 (SEQ ID NO:94), Figure 96 (SEQ ID NO:96), Figure 98 (SEQ ID NO:98), Figure 100 (SEQ ID NO: 100),
Figure 102 (SEQ ID NO: 102), Figure 104 (SEQ ID NO: 104), Figure 106 (SEQ ID NO: 106), Figure 108 (SEQ ID NO:108), Figure 110 (SEQ ID NO:110), Figure 112 (SEQ ID NO:112), Figure 114 (SEQ ID NO:114), Figure 116 (SEQ ID NO: 116), Figure 118 (SEQ ID NO:118), Figure 120 (SEQ ID NO: 120), Figure 122 (SEQ ID NO: 122), Figure 124 (SEQ ID NO: 124), Figure 126 (SEQ ID NO: 126), Figure 128 (SEQ ID NO: 128), Figure 130 (SEQ ID NO: 130), Figure 132 (SEQ ID NO: 132), Figure 134 (SEQ ID NO: 134), Figure 136 (SEQ ID
NO: 136), Figure 138 (SEQ ID NO: 138), Figure 140 (SEQ ID NO: 140), Figure 142 (SEQ ID NO: 142), Figure 144 (SEQ ID NO: 144), Figure 146 (SEQ ID NO: 146), Figure 148 (SEQ ID NO: 148), Figure 150 (SEQ ID NO: 150), Figure 152 (SEQ ID NO: 152), Figure 154 (SEQ ID NO: 154), Figure 156 (SEQ ID NO: 156), Figure 158 (SEQ ID NO: 158), Figure 160 (SEQ ID NO: 160), Figure 162 (SEQ ID NO: 162), Figure 164 (SEQ ID NO: 164), Figure 166 (SEQ ID NO: 166), Figure 168 (SEQ ID NO: 168), Figure 170 (SEQ ID NO: 170), Figure
172 (SEQ ID NO: 172), Figure 174 (SEQ ID NO: 174), Figure 176 (SEQ ID NO: 176), Figure 178 (SEQ ID NO: 178), Figure 180 (SEQ ID NO: 180), Figure 182 (SEQ ID NO: 182), Figure 184 (SEQ ID NO: 184), Figure 186 (SEQ ID NO: 186), Figure 188 (SEQ ID NO: 188), Figure 190 (SEQ ID NO: 190), Figure 192 (SEQ ID NO: 192), Figure 194 (SEQ ID NO: 194), Figure 196 (SEQ ID NO: 196), Figure 198 (SEQ ID NO: 198), Figure 200 (SEQ ID NO:200), Figure 202 (SEQ ID NO:202), Figure 204 (SEQ ID NO:204), Figure 206 (SEQ ID
NO:206), Figure 208 (SEQ ID NO:208), Figure 210 (SEQ ID NO:210), Figure 212 (SEQ ID NO:212), Figure 214 (SEQ ID NO:214), Figure 216 (SEQ ID NO:216), Figure 218 (SEQ ID NO:218), Figure 220 (SEQ ID NO:220), Figure 222 (SEQ ID NO:222), Figure 224 (SEQ ID NO:224), Figure 226 (SEQ ID NO:226), Figure 228 (SEQ ID NO:228), Figure 230 (SEQ ID NO:230), Figure 232 (SEQ ID NO:232), Figure 234 (SEQ ID NO:234), Figure 236 (SEQ ID NO:236), Figure 238 (SEQ ID NO:238), Figure 240 (SEQ ID NO:240), Figure
242 (SEQ ID NO:242), Figure 244 (SEQ ID NO:244), Figure 246 (SEQ ID NO:246), Figure 248 (SEQ ID NO:248), Figure 250 (SEQ ID NO:250), Figure 252 (SEQ ID NO:252), Figure 254 (SEQ ID NO:254), Figure 256 (SEQ ID NO:256), Figure 258 (SEQ ID NO:258), Figure 260 (SEQ ID NO:260), Figure 262 (SEQ ID NO:262), Figure 264 (SEQ ID NO:264), Figure 266 (SEQ ID NO:266), Figure 268 (SEQ ID NO:268), Figure 270 (SEQ ID NO:270), Figure 272 (SEQ ID NO:272), Figure 274 (SEQ ID NO:274), Figure 276 (SEQ ID NO:276), Figure 278 (SEQ ID NO:278), Figure 280 (SEQ ID NO:280), Figure 282 (SEQ ID NO:282), Figure 284 (SEQ ID NO:284), Figure 286 (SEQ ID NO:286), Figure 288 (SEQ ID NO:288), Figure 290 (SEQ ID
NO:290), Figure 292 (SEQ ID NO:292), Figure 294 (SEQ ID NO:294), Figure 296 (SEQ ID NO:296), Figure 298 (SEQ ID NO:298), Figure 300 (SEQ ID NO:300), Figure 302 (SEQ ID NO:302), Figure 304 (SEQ ID NO:304), Figure 306 (SEQ ID NO:306), Figure 308 (SEQ ID NO:308), Figure 310 (SEQ ID NO:310), Figure 312 (SEQ ID NO.-312), Figure 314 (SEQ ID NO:314), Figure 316 (SEQ ID NO:316), Figure 318 (SEQ ID NO:318), Figure 320 (SEQ ID NO:320), Figure 322 (SEQ ID NO:322), Figure 324 (SEQ ID NO:324), Figure
326 (SEQ ID NO:326), Figure 328 (SEQ ID NO:328), Figure 330 (SEQ ID NO:330), Figure 332 (SEQ ID NO:332), Figure 334 (SEQ ID NO:334), Figure 336 (SEQ ID NO:336), Figure 338 (SEQ ID NO:338), Figure 340 (SEQ ID NO:340), Figure 342 (SEQ ID NO:342), Figure 344 (SEQ ID NO:344), Figure 346 (SEQ ID NO:346), Figure 348 (SEQ ID NO:348), Figure 350 (SEQ ID NO:350), Figure 352 (SEQ ID NO:352), Figure 354 (SEQ ID NO:354), Figure 356 (SEQ ID NO:356), Figure 358 (SEQ ID NO:358), Figure 360 (SEQ ID
NO:360), Figure 362 (SEQ ID NO:362), Figure 364 (SEQ ID NO:364), Figure 366 (SEQ ID NO:366), Figure 368 (SEQ ID NO:368), Figure 370 (SEQ ID NO:370), Figure 372 (SEQ ID NO:372) or Figure 374 (SEQ ID NO: 374), or agonist or antagonist thereof.
32. The method of Claim 31, wherein said agonist is an antibody to said polypeptide.
33. The method of Claim 31, wherein said antagonist is an antibody to said polypeptide.
34. The method of Claim 31 , wherein the mammal is human.
35. The method of Claim 31, wherein the nucleic acid molecule is administered via ex vivo gene therapy.
36. A method for inliibiting endothelial cell growth in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal a PR0247, PRO720 or PRO4302 polypeptide or agonist thereof, wherein endothelial cell growth in said mammal is inlnbited.
37. A method for stimulating endothelial cell growth in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal a PR021, PR0181, PRO205, PR0214, PR0221, PR0229, PR0231, PR0238, PR0241, PR0247, PR0256, PR0258, PR0263, PR0265, PR0295, PR0321, PR0322, PR0337, PR0363, PR0365, PR0444,
PR0533, PR0697, PR0725, PR0771, PR0788, PR0791, PR0819, PR0827, PR0828, PR0836, PR0846, PR0865, PRO1005, PRO1006, PRO1007, PRO1025, PRO1029, PRO1054, PRO1071, PRO1075, PRO1079, PRO1080, PR01114, PR01131, PR01155, PRO1160, PR01184, PR01186, PRO1190, PR01192, PR01195, PR01244, PR01272, PR01273, PR01274, PR01279, PR01283, PR01286, PRO1306, PRO1309, PR01325, PR01329, PR01347, PR01356, PR01376, PR01382, PR01411, PR01412, PR01419, PR01474, PR01477, PR01488, PRO1508, PRO1550, PR01556, PRO1760, PR01782, PR01787, PRO1801, PR01868, PR01887, PRO1890, PR03438, PR03444, PRO4302, PR04324, PR04333, PR04341, PR04342, PR04353, PR04354, PR04356, PR04371, PRO4405, PRO4408, PR04422, PR04425, PR04499, PR05723, PR05725, PR05737, PR05776, PRO6006, PRO6029, PRO6071, PR07436, PR09771, PR09821, PR09873, PRO10008, PRO10096, PRO 19670, PRO20040, PRO20044, PR021055, PR021384 or PR028631 polypeptide, or agonist thereof, wherein endothelial cell growth in said mammal is stimulated.
38. A method for inducing cardiac hypertrophy in a mammal comprising administering to the mammal a PR021 polypeptide or agonist thereof, wherein cardiac hypertrophy in said mammal is induced.
39. A method for stimulating angiogenesis induced by a PR01376 or PR01449 polypeptide in a mammal comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of said polypeptide to the mammal, wherein said angiogenesis is stimulated.
40. A method for inducing endothelial cell apoptosis comprising administering to the endothelial cell a PRO4302 polypeptide or agonist thereof, wherein apoptosis in said endothelial cell is induced.
41. A method for stimulating smooth muscle cell growth comprising administering to the smooth muscle cell a PR0162, PR0181, PR0182, PR0195, PRO204, PR0221, PRO230, PR0256, PR0258, PR0533 PR0697, PR0725, PR0738, PR0826, PR0836, PRO840, PR0846, PR0865, PR0982, PRO1025, PRO1029 PRO1071, PRO1080, PRO1083, PR01134, PRO1160, PR01182, PR01184, PROH86, PR01192, PR01265 PR01274, PR01279, PR01283, PRO1306, PRO1308, PRO1309, PR01325, PR01337, PR01338, PR01343
PR01376, PR01387, PR01411, PR01412, PR01415, PR01434, PR01474, PR01488, PRO1550, PR01556 PR01567, PRO1600, PR01754, PR01758, PRO1760, PR01787, PR01865, PR01868, PR01917, PR01928 PR03438, PR03562, PRO4302, PR04333, PR04345, PR04353, PR04354, PRO4405, PRO4408, PRO4430 PRO4503, PR05725, PR06714, PR09771, PRO9820, PRO9940, PRO10096, PRO21055, PR021184 or PR021366 polypeptide, or agonist thereof, wherein smooth muscle cell growth in said smooth muscle cell is stimulated.
42. Amethod for inducing endothelial cell tube formation comprising administering to the endothelial cell aPR0178, PR0195, PR0228, PRO301, PRO302, PR0532, PR0724, PRO730, PR0734, PR0793, PR0871, PR0938, PRO1012, PRO1120, PR01139, PROH98, PR01287, PR01361, PR01864, PR01873, PRO2010,
PR03579, PR04313, PR04527, PR04538, PR04553, PR04995, PRO5730, PRO6008, PR07223, PR07248 or PR07261 polypeptide, or agonist thereof, wherein tube formation in said endothelial cell is induced.
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