Regulation of endothelial cell adherens junctions by a Ras-dependent signal transduction pathway.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Adherens junctions, consisting of transmembrane cadherin molecules and their associated cytoplasmic alpha-, beta-, and gamma-catenin proteins, are thought to be critical for the development of stable cell adhesion and subsequent 3-dimensional tissue organization. In human endothelial cells there is a marked induction of gamma-catenin levels when cells reach confluence. We demonstrate that expression of a dominant negative ras gene product (N17ras) via adenoviral mediated gene transfer inhibits the confluent-dependent rise in gamma-catenin mRNA and protein levels. Consistent with its effects on overall gamma-catenin levels, expression of N17ras also reduces the amount of gamma-catenin associated with the adherens junction. Finally, although expression of N17ras under normal culture conditions produces no clear morphological phenotype, endothelial cells expressing a dominant negative ras gene product fail to form 3-dimensional, vascular-like structures when plated on reconstituted extracellular matrix.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hegland, DD; Sullivan, DM; Rovira, II; Li, A; Kovesdi, I; Bruder, JT; Finkel, T

Published Date

  • July 5, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 260 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 371 - 376

PubMed ID

  • 10403777

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-291X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1006/bbrc.1999.0919


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States