Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.280, No.4, 1116-1119, 2001
N-acetylcysteine inhibits angiotensin II-mediated activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase and epidermal growth factor receptor
Angiotensin II (Ang II) is known to stimulate reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor transactivation to mediate growth-promoting signals such as extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). However, how ROS and EGF receptor interact to orchestrate these signals in VSMCs remains unclear. Mere we found that an antioxidant, N-acetylcysteine, inhibited ERK activation and EGF receptor tyrosine phosphorylation induced by Ang II. Moreover, H2O2 stimulates EGF receptor tyrosine phosphorylation and EGF receptor inhibitors attenuated H2O2-induced ERK activation. These data indicate that ROS mediate Ang II-induced EGF receptor transactivation, a critical mechanism for ERK-dependent growth in VSMCs. (C) zool Academic Press.