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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1992 Oct 15;188(1):257-64.

Angiotensin II stimulates the pp44 and pp42 mitogen-activated protein kinases in cultured rat aortic smooth muscle cells.

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Department of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30322.


Vasoconstrictors such as angiotensin II (ang II) stimulate vascular smooth muscle cell growth and share many signal transduction mechanisms with growth factors. Recently, growth factors have been shown to stimulate mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases, a family of serine/threonine protein kinases which phosphorylate pp90rsk, a cytosolic kinase that phosphorylates ribosomal S6 protein. We examined the effect of ang II on MAP kinase activity and phosphorylation. Ang II stimulated MAP kinase activity by 4-fold after 5 min exposure and also increased tyrosine phosphorylation of 42 kDa (74 +/- 41%) and 44 kDa (263 +/- 85%) proteins, shown to be pp42mapk and pp44mapk by Western blot analysis using a MAP kinase antibody. These results suggest that ang II-stimulated protein synthesis is mediated by a MAP kinase dependent pathway.

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