Mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase-1 in rat arterial smooth muscle cell proliferation

Kaihua Lai, Hong Wang, Wen Sen Lee, Mukesh K. Jain, Mu En Lee, Edgar Haber

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Smooth muscle cell proliferation and migration is important in arteriosclerosis. In this process, cytokines and growth factors are upregulated and bind to their respective receptors, which in turn stimulate mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases. MAP kinases then relay signals to the nucleus that activate quiescent smooth muscle cells. Phosphatases downregulate MAP kinases. We investigated the role of a dual-specificity tyrosine phosphatase, MAP kinase phosphatase-1 (MKP-1), in smooth muscle cell proliferation. MKP-1 expression was high in arterial tissue by Northern analysis, and MKP-1 message was detected mainly in the arterial smooth muscle layer by in situ hybridization. After balloon injury of the rat carotid artery, expression of MKP-1 decreased greatly, whereas that of MAP kinases, especially p44 MAP kinase, increased. The time course of the reduction in MKP-1 message correlated with increased tyrosine phosphorylation and elevated p44 MAP kinase enzymatic activity. In rat arterial smooth muscle cells overexpressing MKP-1, growth was arrested in the G1 phase and entry into the S phase was blocked. A reduction in MKP-1 expression may contribute in part to proliferation of smooth muscle cells after vascular injury, possibly through a decrease in dephosphorylation of p44 MAP kinase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1560-1567
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • carotid artery
  • cell cycle
  • gene expression regulation
  • growth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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