[en] The 16-kDa N-terminal fragment of human prolactin (16K hPRL) is a potent antiangiogenic factor that has been shown to prevent tumor growth in a xenograph mouse model. In this paper we first demonstrate that 16K hPRL inhibits serum-induced DNA synthesis in adult bovine aortic endothelial cells. This inhibition is associated with cell cycle arrest at both the G(0)-G(1) and the G(2)-M phase. Western blot analysis revealed that 16K hPRL strongly decreases levels of cyclin D1 and cyclin B1, but not cyclin E. The effect on cyclin D1 is at least partially transcriptional, because treatment with 16K hPRL both reduces the cyclin D1 mRNA level and down-regulates cyclin D1 promoter activity. This regulation may be due to inhibition of the MAPK pathway, but it is independent of the glycogen synthase kinase-3 beta pathway. Lastly, 16K hPRL induces the expression of negative cell cycle regulators, the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors p21(cip1) and p27(kip1). In summary, 16K hPRL inhibits serum-induced proliferation of endothelial cells through combined effects on positive and negative regulators of cell cycle progression.