Phospholipase Activity of Phospholipase C-γ1 Is Required for Nerve Growth Factor-regulated MAP Kinase Signaling Cascade in PC12 Cells

Rong Rong, Jee Yin Ahn, Peng Chen, Pann Ghill Suh, Keqiang Ye*

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Phospholipase C-γ1 (PLC-γ1) hydrolyzes phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate to the second messengers inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate and diacylglycerol (DAG). PLC-γ1 is implicated in a variety of cellular signalings and processes including mitogenesis and calcium entry. However, numerous studies demonstrate that the lipase activity is not required for PLC-γ1 to mediate these events. Here, we report that the phospholipase activity of PLC-γ1 plays an essential role in nerve growth factor (NGF)-triggered Raf/MEK/MAPK pathway activation in PC12 cells. Employing PC12 cells stably transfected with an inducible form of wild-type PLC-γ1 or lipase inactive PLC-γ1 with histidine 335 mutated into glutamine in the catalytic domain, we show that NGF provokes robust activation of MAP kinase in wild-type but not in lipase inactive cells. Both Ras/C-Raf/MEK1 and Rap1/B-Raf/MEK1 pathways are intact in the wild-type cells. By contrast, these signaling cascades are diminished in the mutant cells. Pretreatment with cell permeable DAG analog 1-oleyl-2-acetylglycerol rescues the MAP kinase pathway activation in the mutant cells. These observations indicate that the lipase activity of PLC-γ1 mediates NGF-regulated MAPK signaling upstream of Ras/Rapl activation probably through second messenger DAG-activated Ras and Rap-GEFs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52497-52503
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number52
Publication statusPublished - 26 Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

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