Pervanadate inhibits mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase-1 in a p38(MAPK)-dependent manner

Günter Daum, Andreas Kalmes, Bodo Levkau, Yunxia Wang, Mark G. Davies, Alexander W. Clowes

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In baboon smooth muscle cells (SMCs), pervanadate has a biphasic dose-dependent effect on MEK-1 activity. After a 30 min incubation period, low concentrations (1-10 μM) activate, while higher doses (30-100 μM) fail to stimulate MEK-1. One possibility is that higher doses of pervanadate induce an additional signaling pathway that inhibits MEK-1. Three lines of investigations provide support for the conclusion that this inhibitory effect is mediated by p38(MAPK). First, pervanadate induces p38(MAPK) activity at concentrations that fail to activate. MEK-1. Second, pervanadate-stimulated p38(MAPK) activity is maximal after a 10 min incubation, at a time, when MEK-1 activity disappears. Third, addition of the specific p38(MAPK) inhibitor SB203580 preserves MEK-1 activation by 100 μM pervanadate. The inhibitory effect of p38(MAPK) is probably not due to a phosphorylation of MEK-1 although we can not rule out that other p38(MAPK) isoforms such as SAPK3 and SAPK4 may be involved, and may directly phosphorylate and inhibit MEK-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-274
Number of pages4
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 8 1998


  • Oxidative stress
  • SB203580
  • Signal transduction
  • Smooth muscle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology


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