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Control of HIF-1 alpha and vascular signaling in fetal lung involves cross talk between mTORC1 and the FGF-10/FGFR2b/Spry2 airway branching periodicity clock

Control of HIF-1 alpha and vascular signaling in fetal lung involves cross talk between mTORC1 and the FGF-10/FGFR2b/Spry2 airway branching periodicity clock

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  • C.L. Scott
  • D. J. Walker
  • E. Cwiklinski
  • C. Tait
  • A. R. Tee
  • S.C. Land

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Original languageEnglish
PagesL455-L471
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Journal publication date2010
Journal number4
Volume299
DOIs
StatePublished

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Scott CL, Walker DJ, Cwiklinski E, Tait C, Tee AR, Land SC. Control of HIF-1 alpha and vascular signaling in fetal lung involves cross talk between mTORC1 and the FGF-10/FGFR2b/Spry2 airway branching periodicity clock. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 299: L455-L471, 2010. First published July 9, 2010; doi:10.1152/ajplung.00348.2009.-Lung development requires coordinated signaling between airway and vascular growth, but the link between these processes remains unclear. Mammalian target of rapamycin complex-1 (mTORC1) can amplify hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1 alpha) vasculogenic activity through an NH2-terminal mTOR binding (TOS) motif. We hypothesized that this mechanism coordinates vasculogenesis with the fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-10/FGF-receptor2b/Spry2 regulator of airway branching. First, we tested if the HIF-1 alpha TOS motif participated in epithelial-mesenchymal vascular signaling. mTORC1 activation by insulin significantly amplified HIF-1 alpha activity at fetal PO2 (23 mmHg) in human bronchial epithelium (16HBE14o-) and induced vascular traits (Flk1, sprouting) in cocultured human embryonic lung mesenchyme (HEL-12469). This enhanced activation of HIF-1 alpha by mTORC1 was abolished on expression of a HIF-1 alpha (F99A) TOS-mutant and also suppressed vascular differentiation of HEL-12469 cocultures. Next, we determined if vasculogenesis in fetal lung involved regulation of mTORC1 by the FGF-10/FGFR2b/Spry2 pathway. Fetal airway epithelium displayed distinct mTORC1 activity in situ, and its hyperactivation by TSC1(-/-) knockout induced widespread VEGF expression and disaggregation of Tie2-positive vascular bundles. FGF-10-coated beads grafted into fetal lung explants from Tie2-LacZ transgenic mice induced localized vascular differentiation in the peripheral mesenchyme. In rat fetal distal lung epithelial (FDLE) cells cultured at fetal PO2, FGF-10 induced mTORC1 and amplified HIF-1 alpha activity and VEGF secretion without induction of ERK1/2. This was accompanied by the formation of a complex between Spry2, the cCBL ubiquitin ligase, and the mTOR repressor, TSC2, which abolished GTPase activity directed against Rheb, the G protein inducer of mTORC1. Thus, mTORC1 links HIF-1 alpha-driven vasculogenesis with the FGF-10/FGFR2b/Spry2 airway branching periodicity regulator.

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