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v-Src requires Ras signaling for the suppression of gap junctional intercellular communication.

Cell transformation by v-Src causes suppression of gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC). Although tyrosine phosphorylation of connexin43 (Cx43), a gap junctional component, appears to be necessary for the suppression, involvement of other signaling remains unclear. We investigated the role of Ras signaling in the suppression of GJIC by v-Src. Conditional expression of either S17N Ras or mtGap1m dramatically recovered GJIC in v-Src-transformed cells. Although expression of S17N Ras or mtGap1m substantially decreased the levels of active Ras, tyrosine phosphorylation of cellular proteins including Cx43 remained unchanged. Similarly, treatment of v-Src-transfomed cells with a Ras farnesyltransferase inhibitor, manumycin A, restored GJIC, whereas tyrosine phosphorylation of Cx43 remained unchanged. Thus, these results strongly suggest that, in addition to Cx43 phosphorylation, constitutive activation of Ras signaling is required for the suppression of GJIC by v-Src.[1]


  1. v-Src requires Ras signaling for the suppression of gap junctional intercellular communication. Ito, S., Ito, Y., Senga, T., Hattori, S., Matsuo, S., Hamaguchi, M. Oncogene (2006) [Pubmed]
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