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Biol Chem. 2001 Jan;382(1):49-55.

Bradykinin signalling to MAP kinase: cell-specific connections versus principle mitogenic pathways.

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Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Biological and Pharmaceutical Faculty, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Germany.


Mitogenic signalling pathways from G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) to the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade may involve alpha- or betagamma-subunits of heterotrimeric G proteins, receptor or non-receptor tyrosine kinases, adaptor molecules, phosphoinositide 3-kinases, protein kinase C, and probably other proteins. The majority of models describing the connection of different signalling proteins within a mitogenic pathway are based on experimental data obtained by co- and overexpression of epitope-tagged MAPK together with the respective GPCR and other signalling proteins of interest in transfectable cell lines. Here the link of the bradykinin B2 receptor (B2R) to MAPK in the COS-7 cell expression system is compared with mitogenic signalling pathways of bradykinin in various tumour cell lines. It becomes evident that in natural or tumour cells expressing individual amounts and different isoforms of signalling proteins completely other relations between B2R and MAPK may exist than in COS-7 cells, suggesting a high degree of cellular specificity in mitogenic signalling.

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