Nuclear targeting is required for hepatoma-derived growth factor-stimulated mitogenesis in vascular smooth muscle cells.

We recently identified hepatoma-derived growth factor (HDGF) as a nuclear targeted vascular smooth muscle cell (VSM) mitogen that is expressed in developing vascular lesions. In the present study, VSM in culture express endogenous HDGF only in the nucleus and target a green fluorescent protein (GFP)-HDGF fusion to the nucleus. To define the features of the… CONTINUE READING