Platelet derived growth factor-A chain gene expression in cultured mesangial cells: Regulation by phorbol ester at the level of mRNA abundance, transcription and mRNA stability

Basant Bhandari, Hanna E. Abboud

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In human renal mesangial cells, platelet derived growth factor (PDGF)-A chain is subject to regulation by protein kinase C (PKC) activator, phorbol ester (phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate, PMA). Treatment of mesangial cells with PMA increases PDGF-A chain mRNA abundance as analyzed by Northern blot hybridization. In contrast to the effect of PMA, the inactive analog phorbol had no effect on PDGF-A chain mRNA levels, while the PKC inhibitor H7 markedly reduced the PMA-induced increment in PDGF-A chain mRNA. To determine the mechanism by which PMA increases the abundance of this gene, transcription rate was measured by nuclear transcript elongation assay. Treatment of mesangial cells with PMA resulted in a 2-fold increase in PDGF-A chain gene transcription. In addition, we analyzed the effects of PMA on PDGF-A chain mRNA half-life as measured directly by pulse-chase method. PDGF-A chain mRNA has a half-life of about 106 min. The PDGF-A chain mRNA half-life was reduced by 30% (t built1 2 = 74 min) when mesangial cells were incubated with PMA. Our results demonstrate that in human renal mesangial cells, the regulation of PDGF-A chain gene expression by PMA is primarily at the level of transcription.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Feb 1993



  • (Kidney, human)
  • Cytokine
  • Growth factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology

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