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FEBS Lett. 1997 May 5;407(3):343-6.

Activation of MAP kinase cascade induced by human pancreatic phospholipase A2 in a human pancreatic cancer cell line.

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Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hiroshima University School of Medicine, Minami-ku, Japan.


We have found that the growth of human pancreatic cancer cells MIAPaCa-2, induced by human pancreatic phospholipase A2 group I (hPLA2-I), is mediated via its specific receptor but not via its catalytic property. The present study showed that the activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade in MIAPaCa-2 cells is induced by hPLA2-I: this digestive enzyme induced phosphorylation of MEK1/2, p44/42 MAPK and ATF-2, and the phosphorylation in the MAPK cascade was inhibited after the cells were pre-incubated with a selective inhibitor of MEK, PD98059. In addition, this inhibitor dose-dependently blocked the hPLA2-I-induced MIAPaCa-2 proliferation, suggesting that activation of the MAPK cascade is essential for the hPLA2-I-induced MIAPaCa-2 proliferation.

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