PKC-epsilon is required for mechano-sensitive activation of ERK1/2 in endothelial cells.

Mechano-sensitive regulation of endothelial cells (EC) function by shear stress is critical for flow-induced vasodilation and gene expression. Previous studies by our laboratory demonstrated that shear stress activates the 44- and 42-kDa extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK1/2) in EC in a time- and force-dependent manner. ERK1/2 activation was… CONTINUE READING