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Involvement of p70 S6 kinase in bone morphogenetic protein signaling: vascular endothelial growth factor synthesis by bone morphogenetic protein-4 in osteoblasts.

In the present study, we investigated the effect of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-4 on the synthesis of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells. BMP-4 significantly stimulated VEGF synthesis time-dependently up to 48 h. The stimulatory effect was dose-dependent in the range between 1 and 100 ng/ml. BMP-4 time-dependently phosphorylated p70 S6 kinase. Rapamycin, an inhibitor of p70 S6 kinase, suppressed the BMP-4- stimulated VEGF synthesis as well as the phosphorylation of p70 S6 kinase. The VEGF synthesis by BMP-4 was suppressed by wortmannin and LY294002, inhibitors of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase. Both wortmannin and LY294002 inhibited the BMP-4- stimulated phosphorylation of p70 S6 kinase. BMP-4 did not affect the phosphorylation of Akt/protein kinase B. Taken together, our results strongly suggest that p70 S6 kinase takes part in BMP-4- stimulated VEGF synthesis as a positive regulator in osteoblasts and that phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase acts at a point upstream from p70 S6 kinase.[1]


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