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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1994 Jul 29;202(2):1001-8.

Regulation of heparin binding-epidermal growth factor like growth factor gene expression by LDL and oxidized-LDL in rat mesangial cells.

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Graduate Institute of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical College, Taiwan, Republic of China.


The present study was to determine whether low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and oxidized LDL (Ox-LDL) modulate the heparin binding-epidermal growth factor like growth factor (HB-EGF) gene expression in rat mesangial cells (RMC). Using Northern blot analysis, LDL and Ox-LDL stimulated the expression of RMC HB-EGF mRNA in a time- and concentration-dependent manner, and the stimulatory effect of Ox-LDL lasted longer than LDL. In addition, a protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitor-staurosporine and a PKC-depletion condition abolished both of the stimulatory activities of LDL and Ox-LDL, while H-8 (a protein kinase A inhibitor) and cAMP-antagonist (cyclic adenosine-3':5'-monophosphothioate) had little effect. Our data indicate that LDL and Ox-LDL enhance HB-EGF gene expression and both via the PKC pathway in RMC. As HB-EGF is a mitogen for RMC, our results suggest that lipoproteins may regulate RMC function by inducing HB-EGF gene expression and thus contribute to glomerular injury.

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