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Endocrinology. 1999 Mar;140(3):1385-91.

Raf-1 kinase activation by angiotensin II in adrenal glomerulosa cells: roles of Gi, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, and Ca2+ influx.

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Endocrinology and Reproduction Research Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-4510, USA.


Little is known of the mechanisms leading to mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activation via Gq-coupled receptors. We therefore examined the pathways by which angiotensin II (Ang II) activates Raf-1 kinase, an upstream intermediate in the pathway to MAPK, via the Gq-coupled AT1 angiotensin receptor in bovine adrenal glomerulosa (BAG) cells. Ang II caused a rapid and transient activation of Raf-1 that reached a peak at 5-10 min. Ang II was a potent stimulus of Raf-1 activation with an ED50 of 10 pM and a maximal response at 1 nM, although higher Ang II concentrations elicited a submaximal response. Ang II-stimulated Raf-1 activity was unaffected by down-regulation of protein kinase C and intracellular Ca2+ chelation (using BAPTA) but was partially inhibited by pertussis toxin, and was abolished by manumycin A. Removal of extracellular Ca2+ (by EGTA) or blockade of L type Ca2+ channels (by nifedipine), as well as inhibition of MEK-1 kinase (by PD98059), enhanced Raf-1 activity, whereas wortmannin (100 nM) inhibited approximately one half of Ang II-stimulated Raf-1 activity. Hence, Raf-1 kinase activation by Ang II in BAG cells is dependent on Ras, is mediated in part via Gi and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, and is negatively regulated via Ca2+ influx and a downstream signaling element(s).

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