H2O2-induced egr-1, fra-1, and c-jun gene expression is mediated by tyrosine kinase in aortic smooth muscle cells

Najia Jin, Nathan D. Hatton, Maureen A. Harrington, Xiaolin Xia, Steve H. Larsen, Rodney A. Rhoades

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Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) has recently been shown to have a dual effect on cell growth by stimulating proliferation and triggering apoptosis. Apoptosis induced by H2O2 is a direct consequence of oxidant injury, while the proliferative response to H2O2 is thought to be a protective mechanism against oxidant injury. Signaling of the H2O2-induced proliferative effect has been proposed to occur via the activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and increase in expression of transcription factors. In the present study, H2O2-induced mitogenic signaling in aortic smooth muscle cells (ASMC) was investigated with a specific focus on the roles of tyrosine kinase and tyrosine phosphatase in the regulation of the H2O2-stimulated egr-1, fra-1, and c-jun transcription. The results show that H2O2-induced increases in egr-1, fra-1, and c-jun mRNA levels, as measured by Northern blot analysis, are time and dose dependent with the peak of the response within 2 h. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (genistein, amino-genistein, and tyrphostin 51) significantly attenuated H2O2-induced expression of these genes and a tyrosine phosphatase inhibitor (perox-vanadate) stimulated their expression. H2O2 stimulated tyrosine kinase activities and caused protein tyrosine phosphorylation, which was blocked by tyrphostin 51. H2O2 also caused tyrosine phosphorylation of platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) receptor. These data show that H2O2 increases egr-1, fra-1, and c-jun mRNA levels in vascular smooth muscle cells, and the increase in expression of these genes is mediated by activation of tyrosine kinase. Our data also provide evidence that the H2O2-induced mitogenic response is, in part, mediated through the receptor tyrosine kinase, PDGF receptor. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)736-746
Number of pages11
JournalFree Radical Biology and Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 15 2000


  • Apoptosis
  • Free radicals
  • mRNA
  • Oxidant injury
  • Transcription factors
  • Tyrosine kinase
  • Tyrosine phosphatase
  • Vascular smooth muscle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Toxicology
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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