Fetal bovine serum (10%) markedly increased ras transcript levels in growth-arrested (Go-synchronized) smooth muscle cells by 8 h. This elevation was maintained for up to 18 h and returned, to pre-stimulation levels within 24 h. Challenge of quiescent cells with serum in the presence of dibetyryl cyclic AMP (1-100 μM), a growth inhibitor for smooth muscle cells, attenuated serum-induced elevation of c-Ha-ras in a dose dependent fashion and preventod progression of the cells into S phase. These results demonstrate that expression of c-Ha-ras in rat aortic smooth muscle cells is cell-cycle dependent and that cAMP prevents the induction of this protooncogene by serum.
- aortic smooth muscle cells
- cell cycle
- cyclic AMP
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)