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The role of c-Fes in vascular endothelial growth factor-A-mediated signaling by endothelial cells.

c-Fes plays pivotal roles in angiogenic cellular responses of endothelial cells. Here we examined the role of c-Fes in vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A)-mediated signaling pathways in endothelial cells. We introduced either wild-type or kinase-inactive c-Fes in porcine aortic endothelial (PAE) cell lines, which endogenously express VEGF receptor (VEGFR)-1, and PAE cells ectopically expressing VEGFR-2 (denoted KDR/PAE cells) and generated stable cell lines. VEGF-A induced autophosphorylation of c-Fes only in KDR/PAE cells, suggesting that VEGFR-2 was required for its activation. Expression of kinase-inactive c-Fes failed to demonstrate dominant negative effect on VEGF-A- induced chemotaxis and capillary morphogenesis. Phosphoinositide 3-kinase ( PI3-kinase) was activated in KDR/PAE cells and c-Fes contributed to this process in a kinase activity-dependent manner. However, VEGFR-2, insulin receptor substrate-1, and c-Src were also involved in VEGF-A- induced activation of PI3-kinase, resulting in the compensation in cells expressing kinase-inactive c-Fes. Interestingly, overexpression of wild-type c-Fes in PAE cells induced VEGF-A-independent capillary morphogenesis. Considered collectively, VEGF-A activated PI3-kinase partly through c-Fes and increase in c-Fes kinase activity enhanced capillary morphogenesis by yet unknown signaling pathways.[1]


  1. The role of c-Fes in vascular endothelial growth factor-A-mediated signaling by endothelial cells. Kanda, S., Mochizuki, Y., Miyata, Y., Kanetake, H. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. (2003) [Pubmed]
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