Role of cAMP-dependent protein kinase A activity in endothelial cell cytoskeleton rearrangement

Feng Liu, Alexander Dmitriyevich Verin, Talai Borbiev, Joe G.N. Garcia

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To examine signaling mechanisms relevant to cAMP/protein kinase A (PKA)-dependent endothelial cell barrier regulation, we investigated the impact of the cAMP/PKA inhibitors Rp diastereomer of adenosine 3′,5′-cyclic monophosphorothioate (Rp-cAMPS) and PKA inhibitor (PKI) on bovine pulmonary artery and bovine lung microvascular endothelial cell cytoskeleton reorganization. Rp-cAMPS as well as PKI significantly increased the formation of actin stress fibers and intercellular gaps but did not alter myosin light chain (MLC) phosphorylation, suggesting that the Rp-cAMPS induced contractile phenotype evolves in an MLC-independent fashion. We next examined the role of extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERKs) in Rp-cAMPS- and PKI-induced actin rearrangement. The activities of both ERK1/2 and its upstream activator Raf-1 were transiently enhanced by Rp-cAMPS and linked to the phosphorylation of the well-known ERK cytoskeletal target caldesmon. Inhibition of the Raf-1 target ERK kinase (MEK) either attenuated or abolished Rp-cAMPS- and PKI-induced ERK activation, caldesmon phosphorylation, and stress fiber formation. In summary, our data elucidate the involvement of the p42/44 ERK pathway in cytoskeletal rearrangement evoked by reductions in PKA activity and suggest the involvement of significant cross talk between cAMP- and ERK-dependent signaling pathways in endothelial cell cytoskeletal organization and barrier regulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L1309-L1317
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Issue number6 24-6
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Caldesmon
  • Mitogen-activated protein kinase
  • Raf-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Cell Biology


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