Epidermal growth factor up-regulates the expression of nestin through the Ras-Raf-ERK signaling axis in rat vascular smooth muscle cells

Yuan Li Huang, Guey Yueh Shi, Meei Jyh Jiang, Hsinyu Lee, Yao Wen Chou, Hua Lin Wu, Hsi Yuan Yang

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Abstract

The contractile-synthetic phenotypic modulation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is a key event during atherosclerosis progression. Although many studies have reported possible cytokines and growth factors implicated to this process, the critical factors affecting the VSMC phenotype remain unclear due to the lack of early de-differentiation marker identifications. In this study, we showed that nestin, an intermediate filament protein, is expressed in primary cultures of rat VSMCs representing the synthetic phenotype and its expression is diminished as these cells re-differentiate after serum deprivation. However, the regulation of nestin expression was never reported despite its common usage as an early differentiation marker. Herein, we showed that nestin expression is regulated by epidermal growth factor (EGF) via de novo RNA and protein synthesis. Furthermore, signaling analyses revealed that the EGF-induced nestin re-expression is mediated through the activation of the Ras-Raf-ERK signaling axis. This is the first report to show that nestin expression is regulated by an extracellular signaling molecule. Crown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-366
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume377
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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