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FEBS Lett. 1999 Nov 19;461(3):217-22.

Role of sphingosine kinase in Ca(2+) signalling by epidermal growth factor receptor.

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Institut f├╝r Pharmakologie, Universit├Ątsklinikum Essen, Hufelandstrasse 55, D-45122, Essen, Germany.


Contribution of sphingosine kinase (SPK)-catalyzed production of sphingosine-1-phosphate (SPP), in comparison to phospholipase C (PLC), to Ca(2+) signalling by epidermal growth factor (EGF) was studied in two HEK-293 cell clones (HEK2 and HEK3), expressing functional EGF receptors and exhibiting release of stored Ca(2+) by intracellular SPP. In HEK3 cells, EGF increased [Ca(2+)](i) and stimulated both, SPK and PLC. [Ca(2+)](i) increase, but not PLC stimulation, was strongly reduced by SPK inhibition. In HEK2 cells, EGF similarly stimulated PLC, but did not increase [Ca(2+)](i) or stimulate SPK, suggesting that intracellular SPP production plays a major role for Ca(2+) signalling by EGF in HEK-293 cells.

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