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Matrix Biol. 2001 Jun;20(3):183-92.

Fibroblasts require protein kinase C activation to respond to hyaluronan with increased locomotion.

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Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


Hyaluronan (HA) stimulates the motility of some but not all cell types. Here, we show that HA-promoted random motility of ras-transformed 10T1/2 (C3) fibroblasts requires activation of protein kinase C and is associated with rapid uptake of HA in a CD44 and RHAMM-dependent manner. The addition of HA to parental 10T1/2 fibroblasts (parental cells) does not stimulate random motility, but these cells can be 'primed' to respond to HA by treatment with the phorbol ester, PMA, for 4-6 h. This effect of PMA requires protein synthesis, PKC activity and is associated with enhanced uptake of HA. These results suggest that the ability of cells to respond to HA is regulated by a protein kinase C-dependent process that may promote uptake of HA.

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