In rat pheochromocytoma cell line (PC12) cells, initial epidermal growth factor (EGF)-stimulated extracellular signal-regulated protein kinases 1/2 (ERK1/2) phosphorylation was similar to that promoted by nerve growth factor (NGF), but declined rapidly. Pre-treatment with apigenin or LY294002 sustained EGF-stimulated ERK1/2 phosphorylation whereas wortmannin partially blocked initial ERK1/2 phosphorylation. Changes in ERK1/2 phosphorylation correlated with alterations in p90 ribosomal S6 kinase activity. Wortmannin, LY294002 and apigenin totally blocked growth factor-induced protein kinase B phosphorylation. However, none of them potentiated Raf activation, which was in fact decreased by LY290042 and wortmannin. The sustained EGF-induced ERK1/2 activation promoted by apigenin was not sufficient to commit PC12 cells to differentiate, which was achieved by stimulation with NGF, either alone or in the presence of apigenin. © 2002 Federation of European Biochemical Societies. Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
|Publication status||Published - 16 Jan 2002|
- Epidermal growth factor
- Extracellular signal-regulated protein kinases 1/2
- Nerve growth factor
- P90 ribosomal S6 kinase
- Protein kinase B