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The tumor suppressor PTEN dephosphorylates focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and inhibits integrin-mediated cell spreading and cell migration. We demonstrate here that expression of PTEN selectively inhibits activation of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. PTEN expression in glioblastoma cells lacking(More)
Cell migration is modulated by regulatory molecules such as growth factors, oncogenes, and the tumor suppressor PTEN. We previously described inhibition of cell migration by PTEN and restoration of motility by focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and p130 Crk-associated substrate (p130(Cas)). We now report a novel pathway regulating random cell motility involving(More)
OBJECTIVE We demonstrated recently that neuronal NO synthase (NOS) is expressed in arteriosclerotic lesions and exerts important vasculoprotective effects in vivo. In this study, we examined the molecular mechanism(s) for vascular neuronal NOS (nNOS) expression. METHODS AND RESULTS In cultured rat aortic smooth muscle cells, treatment with(More)
PTEN/MMAC1 is a major new tumor suppressor gene that encodes a dual-specificity phosphatase with sequence similarity to the cytoskeletal protein tensin. Recently, we reported that PTEN dephosphorylates focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and inhibits cell migration, spreading, and focal adhesion formation. Here, the effects of PTEN on cell invasion, migration, and(More)
BACKGROUND Growth factors, extracellular matrix and its receptor integrins are upregulated in various glomerular diseases. We investigated the mechanism of collaboration between integrins and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) in focal adhesion kinase (FAK)- and extracellular signal-related kinase (ERK)1/2-mediated signal pathways that lead to monocyte(More)
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