Mitogen-activated protein kinase activation and regulation of cyclooxygenase 2 expression by platelet-activating factor and hCG in human endometrial adenocarcinoma cell line HEC-1B

I. Munir, K. Fukunaga, K. Miyazaki, H. Okamura, E. Miyamoto

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Abstract

The activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAP kinase) and the regulation of cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) were investigated in the human endometrial adenocarcinoma cell line HEC-1B by treatment with platelet-activating factor (PAF) and hCG. Pretreatment of the cells with both oestradiol and medroxyprogesterone acetate was required for MAP kinase activation and COX-2 expression to respond to PAF and hCG. PAF-induced MAP kinase activation was sensitive to MAP kinase kinase (MEK) inhibitor, PD098059, and phosphatidylinositol-3-OH kinase (PI3K) inhibitor, wortmannin. In contrast, hCG-induced MAP kinase activation was sensitive to PD098059 and protein kinase A inhibitor, H-89, but not to wortmannin. PAF-induced COX-2 expression was insensitive to PD098059 but sensitive to wortmannin, whereas hCG-induced COX-2 expression was sensitive to PD098059 and H-89 but insensitive to wortmannin. 8-(4-chlorophenylthio)-cAMP, a potent cAMP analogue, induced activation of MAP kinase and expression of COX-2. These results indicate that MAP kinase is activated with PAF and hCG in HEC-1B cells. In addition, COX-2 expression is stimulated through the MAP kinase activation pathway with hCG and the wortmannin sensitive pathway with PAF in HEC-1B cells. These results also imply that protein kinase A remains upstream of hCG-induced activation of MAP kinase in HEC-1B cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-59
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Reproduction and Fertility
Volume117
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Sep
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Embryology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Developmental Biology

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