The src-suppressed C-kinase substrate, SSeCKS, is now recognized as a key regulator of cell signaling and cytoskeletal dynamics. However, few ligands that control SSeCKS expression have been identified. We report that platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB), lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) potently modulate SSeCKS gene expression in cultured smooth muscle (RASM) cells relative to other bioactive ligands tested. In addition, EPA-dependent regulation of SSeCKS expression correlates with distinct changes in cell morphology and adhesion in RASM cells. Independent evidence that ligand-specific control of SSeCKS expression links to the regulation of cell adhesion and morphology was obtained using ras-transformed fibroblasts, KNRK. Sodium butyrate (NaB) upregulates SSeCKS mRNA and protein expression corresponding to increased cell-spreading and adhesion. In addition, ectopic expression of recombinant SSeCKS recapitulates attributes of NaB-induced morphogenesis in KNRK cells. The data provide novel evidence that SSeCKS functions in PDGF-BB-, LPA-, EPA-, and NaB-mediated cell signaling.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology