Role of AP-1 complex in angiotensin II-mediated transforming growth factor-beta expression and growth of smooth muscle cells: using decoy approach against AP-1 binding site.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The cis element double-stranded oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN) ("decoy") approach has enabled us to clarify the responsible elements. Using this approach, we transfected AP-1 decoy ODN into VSMC cultured from WKY rats (WKY Adu) which produce latent TGF-beta, but not active TGF-beta, and Sprague-Dawley rats (CNC) which produce active and latent TGF-beta under Ang II-stimulation. AP-1, but not mismatched, decoy ODN abolished Ang II-stimulated TGF-beta gene expression and production in both Adu and CNC. However, AP-1 decoy did not alter DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis in Adu. In contrast, cell number was increased under Ang II stimulation by AP-1 decoy ODN in CNC without significant change in RNA and protein synthesis. These results showed that Ang II stimulated TGF-beta production through the AP-1 complex. In VSMC that produce active TGF-beta (CNC), the AP-1 complex stimulated by Ang II may inhibit cell growth through active TGF-beta production. Overall, this study demonstrates the utility of the decoy approach to study the specific function of cis elements in endogenous gene regulation such as Ang II-induced TGF-beta expression.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Morishita, R; Gibbons, GH; Horiuchi, M; Kaneda, Y; Ogihara, T; Dzau, VJ

Published Date

  • February 13, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 243 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 361 - 367

PubMed ID

  • 9480814

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-291X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1006/bbrc.1997.8012


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States