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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1998 Jun 29;247(3):630-5.

Evidence for role of phospholipase A2 in phosphatidic acid-induced signaling to c-fos serum response element activation.

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Department of Molecular and Cellular Genetics, Hallym University, Chun-Cheon, Kangwon-do, Korea.


The activity of exogenous phosphatidic acid (PA) to transactivate c-fos serum response element (SRE) was investigated by transient transfection analysis. Incubation of Rat-2 fibroblast cells with exogenous PA caused a stimulation of c-fos SRE-linked luciferase activity in a dose- and time-dependent manner. The SRE stimulation by PA was dramatically reduced by either pre-treatment with mepacrine, an inhibitor of phospholipase A2 (PLA2), or co-transfection with antisense cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2) oligonucleotide, whereas lysophosphatidic acid (LPA)-induced SRE activation was not affected. Consistent with this specific requirement for PLA2 by PA, the translocation of cPLA2 protein was rapidly induced followed by PA treatment. Together, these results suggest that PLA2, especially cPLA2, plays a critical role in the nuclear signaling cascade of PA in Rat-2 fibroblast cells.

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