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PKC/Raf/MEK/ERK signaling pathway modulates native-LDL-induced E2F-1 gene expression and endothelial cell proliferation

Pintus, Gianfranco and Tadolini, Bruna and Posadino, Anna Maria and Sanna, Bastiano and Debidda, Marcella and Carru, Ciriaco and Deiana, Luca and Ventura, Carlo (2003) PKC/Raf/MEK/ERK signaling pathway modulates native-LDL-induced E2F-1 gene expression and endothelial cell proliferation. Cardiovascular Research, Vol. 59 (4), p. 934-944. eISSN 1755-3245. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/S0008-6363(03)00526-1


Background and objectives: The interactions of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) with the endothelium are thought to play a major role in the development of atherosclerosis. Due to this reason, the molecular sequelae of events resulting from native LDL (N-LDL) interaction with human endothelial cells (HECs) are largely under investigation. Methods and results: Here, we report that the exposure of serum-free HECs to different concentrations of N-LDL-cholesterol (LDL-chol) elicited a time- and dose-dependent induction of DNA synthesis. The exposure of serum-free HECs to N-LDL was able to elicit a time- and dose-dependent increase of protein kinase C (PKC) activity that, along with the activation of the Raf/mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK)/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling pathway, leads to an increase in E2F-1 gene expression. In addition, the treatment of HECs with N-LDL was also able to induce both E2F-1 gene transcription and protein expression. These N-LDL-aroused responses were dramatically counteracted by PKC inhibition or down regulation. Similarly to what observed for Raf/MEK/ERK activation and E2F-1 gene expression, the inhibition of PKC as well as its down regulation, significantly lowered the DNA synthesis induced by N-LDL in serum-free HECs. Conclusions: These results suggest that the activation of PKC/Raf/MEK/ERK-mediated events controlling E2F-1 gene expression by N-LDL may represent an important mechanism in the regulation of HECs proliferation during normal and pathological processes.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:5181
Uncontrolled Keywords:Endothelial function, gene expression, lipoproteins, protein kinases, signal transduction
Subjects:Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/10 Biochimica
Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/12 Biochimica clinica e biologia molecolare clinica
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze biomediche
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Copyright Holders:© 2003 European Society of Cardiology
Deposited On:03 Dec 2010 11:08

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