Novel regulation of adrenomedullin receptor by PDGF: role of receptor activity modifying protein-3

Wojciech Nowak, Narayanan Parameswaran, Carolyn S Hall, Nambi Aiyar, Harvey V Sparks, William S Spielman
American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology 2002, 282 (6): C1322-31
Receptor activity modifying protein-3 (RAMP-3) has been shown to complex with the calcitonin receptor-like receptor, establishing a functional receptor for adrenomedullin (AM). AM exhibits potent antiproliferative and antimigratory effects on rat mesangial cells (RMCs). In this study we investigated the effect of platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) on RAMP-3 expression in RMCs. We show here that PDGF-BB stimulates RAMP-3 mRNA expression in a concentration-dependent manner. Pretreatment with actinomycin-D and alpha-amanitin demonstrates that this effect is independent of new RNA synthesis. Furthermore, PDGF increased the half-life of RAMP-3 mRNA from 66.5 to 331.6 min. Using selective inhibitors, our results also indicate that the increase in RAMP-3 mRNA is mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) kinase (MEK)/MAPK and p38 MAPK dependent. PDGF also caused a corresponding elevation in membrane-associated RAMP-3 protein. Associated with this increase, PDGF pretreatment led to a significantly higher AM-mediated adenylate cyclase activity, suggesting a functional consequence for the PDGF-induced increase in RAMP-3 expression. Taken together, these data identify PDGF-dependent regulation of RAMP-3 expression as a possible mechanism for modulating the responsiveness of the mesangial cell to AM.

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