Influence of the somatostatin receptor sst2 on growth factor signal cascades in human glioma cells

Published on Wednesday, 06 August 2014


The somatostatin receptor subtype sst2A is highly expressed, non-mutated and functionally active in gliomas.

After stimulation of cultivated human U343 glioma cells with somatostatin, octreotide (sst2-, sst3- and sst5-selective peptide agonist) or the sst2-selective non-peptide agonist L-054,522 multiple signal transduction pathways are induced: elevated cAMP levels are reduced, protein tyrosine phosphatases (especially SHP2) are activated and mitogen-activated protein kinases are inhibited.

Stimulation of the phosphatases resulted in dephosphorylation of activated receptors for EGF and PDGF (epidermal and platelet-derived growth factor), and as a consequence the mitogen-activated protein kinases ERK 1 and 2 (p42/p44) were de-phosphorylated in co-stimulation experiments.

Furthermore, somatostatin or sst2-selective agonists reduced EGF-stimulated expression of the AP-1 complex (c-jun/c-jun) on the transcriptional and translational level.

These experiments show that the interaction of stimulatory and inhibitory receptors are important mechanisms for the regulation of signal cascades and gene expression.



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