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Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2004 Jul;31(1):107-13. Epub 2004 Feb 19.

Fibroblast growth factor-10 attenuates H2O2-induced alveolar epithelial cell DNA damage: role of MAPK activation and DNA repair.

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  • 1Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Veterans Administration Chicago Health Care System, Chicago, IL 60611, USA.


Fibroblast growth factor-10 (FGF-10), an alveolar epithelial cell (AEC) mitogen that is critical for lung development, may promote AEC repair. We determined whether FGF-10 attenuates H2O2-induced, A549 and rat alveolar type II cell DNA damage. We show that FGF-10 prevents H2O2-induced DNA damage assessed by an alkaline elution, ethidium bromide fluorescence as well as by a comet assay. Mitogen-activated protein kinase inhibitors abolished the protective effect of FGF-10 against H2O2-induced DNA damage yet had no effect on H2O2-induced DNA damage. A Grb2-SOS inhibitor (SH3 binding peptide), an Ras inhibitor (farnesyl transferase inhibitor 277), and an Raf-1 inhibitor (forskolin) each prevented FGF-10- and H2O2-induced A549 cell ERK1/2 phosphorylation. Also, FGF-10 and H2O2 each induced negligible ERK1/2 phosphorylation in Ras dominant-negative (N17) cells. Inhibitors of Ras and Raf-1 blocked the protective effect of FGF-10 against H2O2-induced DNA damage but had no effect on H2O2-induced DNA damage. Furthermore, cold conditions and aphidicolin, an inhibitor of DNA polymerase-alpha, -delta, and -epsilon, each blocked the protective effects of FGF-10, suggesting a role for DNA repair. We conclude that FGF-10 attenuates H2O2-induced AEC DNA damage by mechanisms that involve activation of Grb2-SOS/Ras/RAF-1/ERK1/2 pathway and DNA repair.

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