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Cell Signal. 1991;3(3):215-23.

Studies on the mechanisms of signalling and inhibition by pertussis toxin of fibroblast growth factor-stimulated mitogenesis in Balb/c 3T3 cells.

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Department of Physiology, Medical School, University of Birmingham, U.K.


Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) stimulates mitogenesis of Balb/c 3T3 fibroblast cells. This stimulation may be mediated by multiple signal pathways as it is accompanied by the formation of inositol phosphates, activation of PKC (protein kinase C) and a decrease in intracellular cAMP levels. The multiple positive and negative pathways implicated for FGF-induced mitogenesis may interact and each may contribute in varying degrees to the final cellular response. At least two types of G-proteins may be involved in the intracellular signalling pathways of FGF. Pertussis toxin blocks FGF and TPA (12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate) induced. PKC-mediated mitogenesis and also the associated fall in intracellular cAMP levels. However, pertussis toxin has no effect upon FGF-induced inositol phosphates formation. Thus, inhibition of mitogenesis by pertussis toxin may involve pertussis toxin sensitive G-proteins which may affect at least two separate putative signal pathways involving adenylate cyclase and protein kinase C. Pertussis toxin insensitive G-proteins may also be involved in coupling the FGF receptor to phosphoinositidase C.

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