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Title

Absence of K-Ras reduces proliferation and migration but increases extracellular matrix synthesis in fibroblasts

AuthorsMuñoz-Félix, José M.; Fuentes-Calvo, Isabel; Cuesta, Cristina; Eleno, Nélida; Crespo, Piero CSIC ORCID; López-Novoa, José M.; Martínez-Salgado, Carlos
Issue Date2016
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
CitationJournal of Cellular Physiology 231(10): 2224-2235 (2016)
AbstractThe involvement of Ras-GTPases in the development of renal fibrosis has been addressed in the last decade. We have previously shown that H- and N-Ras isoforms participate in the regulation of fibrosis. Herein, we assessed the role of K-Ras in cellular processes involved in the development of fibrosis: proliferation, migration, and extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins synthesis. K-Ras knockout (KO) mouse embryonic fibroblasts (K-ras) stimulated with transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) exhibited reduced proliferation and impaired mobility than wild-type fibroblasts. Moreover, an increase on ECM production was observed in K-Ras KO fibroblasts in basal conditions. The absence of K-Ras was accompanied by reduced Ras activation and ERK phosphorylation, and increased AKT phosphorylation, but no differences were observed in TGF-β1-induced Smad signaling. The MEK inhibitor U0126 decreased cell proliferation independently of the presence of K-ras but reduced migration and ECM proteins expression only in wild-type fibroblasts, while the PI3K-AKT inhibitor LY294002 decreased cell proliferation, migration, and ECM synthesis in both types of fibroblasts. Thus, our data unveil that K-Ras and its downstream effector pathways distinctively regulate key biological processes in the development of fibrosis. Moreover, we show that K-Ras may be a crucial mediator in TGF-β1-mediated effects in this cell type.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/164230
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jcp.25340
Identifiersdoi: 10.1002/jcp.25340
e-issn: 1097-4652
issn: 0021-9541
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