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FEBS Lett. 1999 Jul 2;454(1-2):165-8.

Examination of the signal transduction pathways leading to activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase by formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine in rat neutrophils.

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Department of Education and Research, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan, ROC.


The signaling pathways leading to extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) activation in formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP)-stimulated rat neutrophils were examined. fMLP-stimulated ERK activation based on immunoblot analysis with antibodies against the phosphorylation form of ERK was attenuated by the pretreatment of cells with pertussis toxin but not with a dual cyclo-oxygenase/lipoxygenase inhibitor BW755C. Exposure of cells to the tyrosine kinase inhibitor genistein, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) inhibitors wortmannin and LY294002, or protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitors Gö6976, Gö6983, and GF109203X inhibited fMLP-stimulated ERK phosphorylation in a concentration-dependent manner. In addition, both the phospholipase C (PLC) inhibitor U73122 and the Ca2+ chelator BAPTA attenuated ERK activation. These results indicate that G(i/o) protein, tyrosine kinase, P13K, PKC, and PLC/Ca2+, but not arachidonate metabolites, act upstream of fMLP-stimulated ERK activation.

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