Stimulation of proximal convoluted tubule phosphate transport by epidermal growth factor: Signal transduction

Raymond Quigley, Donald A. Kennerly, Ji Nan Sheu, Michel Baum

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The present study investigated the signal-transduction pathway responsible for the epidermal growth factor (EGF) stimulation of phosphate transport (J(Phos)) in the rabbit proximal convoluted tubule (PCT). Genistein, 10-4 M, bath and lumen, an inhibitor of EGF receptor tyrosine kinase activity, blocked the EGF effect on J(Phos), consistent with a role for tyrosine kinase in the signal-transduction pathway. Both staurosporine (5 x 10-8 s M) and calphostin C (10 s M), inhibitors of protein kinase C, blocked the EGF stimulation of J(Phos), indicating that protein kinase C is involved in EGF signaling. Intracellular calcium (Ca(i)/2+) concentrations were measured in perfused tubules using fura PE3 to determine whether changes in Ca(i)2+ were also part of the signaling pathway. After addition of 3 nM EGF, there was no change in Ca(i)2+, suggesting that stimulation of protein kinase C is not from phosphatidylinositol hydrolysis by phospholipase C-γ. To determine whether phospholipase A2 (PLA2) is involved, the inhibitor mepacrine was used. Mepacrine (5 x 10-5 M) had no direct effect on PCT transport but blocked the stimulatory effect of EGF on J(Phos). PLA2 activity, assessed as free arachidonic acid release from proximal tubules in suspension, increased by 18.8% with 3 nM EGF. Thus the stimulation of J(Phos) by EGF is mediated via a signal-transduction pathway involving tyrosine kinase, protein kinase C, and PLA2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F339-F344
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Renal Fluid and Electrolyte Physiology
Issue number3 38-3
StatePublished - 1995


  • in vitro microperfusion
  • phospholipase A
  • phospholipase C
  • protein kinase C
  • tyrosine kinase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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