Evidence of p38 gamma and p38 delta involvement in cell transformation processes

M. Isabel Cerezo-Guisado, Paloma del Reino, Gaelle Remy, Yvonne Kuma, J. Simon C. Arthur, David Gallego-Ortega, Ana Cuenda

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    The p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38MAPK) signal transduction pathway is an important regulator of cell processes, whose deregulation leads to the development and progression of cancer. Defining the role of each p38MAPK family member in these processes has been difficult. To date, most studies of the p38MAPK pathways focused on function of the p38 alpha isoform, which is widely considered to negatively regulate malignant transformation; nonetheless, few reports address the p38 gamma and p38 delta isoforms. Here, we used embryonic fibroblasts derived from mice lacking p38 gamma or p38 delta and show evidence that these isoforms participate in several processes involved in malignant transformation. We observed that lack of either p38 gamma or p38 delta increased cell migration and metalloproteinase-2 secretion, whereas only p38 delta deficiency impaired cell contact inhibition. In addition, lack of p38 gamma in K-Ras-transformed fibroblasts led to increased cell proliferation as well as tumorigenesis both in vitro and in vivo. Our results indicate that p38 gamma and p38 delta have a role in the suppression of tumor development.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1093-1099
    Number of pages7
    Issue number7
    Early online date10 May 2011
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


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