Requirement of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) type II receptor for TGF-beta-induced proliferation and growth inhibition.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Growth regulation of fibroblasts is important for lung development and repair of lung injury. In this study, we investigated the role of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) type II receptor in the TGF-beta-dependent proliferative response of lung fibroblasts. TGF-beta stimulated the proliferation of adult lung fibroblasts at a low concentration (1 ng/ml), but inhibited the growth of fetal lung fibroblasts in a dose-dependent fashion (0.1-10 ng/ml). Cross-linking and Northern analysis demonstrated that the two lung fibroblast cell lines expressed the TGF-beta type I receptor (T beta RI) and type II receptor (T beta RII). We overexpressed in lung fibroblasts a truncated derivative of T beta RII that lacked the cytoplasmic serine/threonine kinase domain (T beta RII delta K). T beta RII delta K was a dominant-negative inhibitor of TGF-beta signal transduction blocking not only TGF-beta-induced mitogenic action upon adult lung fibroblasts but also TGF-beta-induced growth inhibition of fetal lung fibroblasts. The results indicate that the type II receptor is indispensable for mediating both the mitogenic and antiproliferative effects of TGF-beta upon lung fibroblasts.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhao, Y; Young, SL

Published Date

  • February 2, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 271 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 2369 - 2372

PubMed ID

  • 8576191

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9258

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.271.5.2369


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States