Ras mediates nerve growth factor receptor modulation of three signal-transducing protein kinases: MAP kinase, Raf-1, and RSK
Protein Kinase C
Proto-Oncogene Proteins p21(ras)
Receptors, Cell Surface
p21c-ras plays a critical role in mediating tyrosine kinase-stimulated cell growth and differentiation. However, the pathways through which p21c-ras propagates these signals remain unknown. We report that in PC12 cells, expression of a dominant inhibitory mutant of ras, c-Ha-ras(Asn-17), antagonizes growth factor- and phorbol ester-induced activation of the erk-encoded family of MAP kinases, the 85-92 kd RSKs, and the kinase(s) responsible for hyperphosphorylation of the proto-oncogene product Raf-1. In addition, we find that expression of the activated ras oncogene is sufficient to stimulate these events. These data indicate that ras mediates nerve growth factor receptor and protein kinase C modulation of MAP kinases, RSKs, and Raf-1.