Human Harvey-ras is biochemically different from Kirsten- or N-ras

Arnaldo Carbone, Gabriele Luca Gusella, Danuta Radzioch, Luigi Varesio

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The biochemical effects of the human H-, N- and K-ras oncogenes were studied. We analysed the induction of c-fos mRNA and protein by the protein kinase C (PKC) activator 12-O-tetradecanoyl-phorbol-13-acetate (TPA) in exponentially growing NIH3T3 fibroblasts transformed by transfection with ras oncogenes. We found that H-ras has the unique ability to inhibit c-fos induction by TPA. In contrast, normal c-fos expression was induced by TPA in fibroblasts transformed by N- or K-ras or by the ras-unrelated oncogenes dbl and trk. The inhibition of c-fos induction by H-ras was not due to alteration in the binding of TPA to the transformed cells or to the selection of idiosyncratic clones. These results provide clear evidence that H-ras is functionally different from K- or N-ras.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-737
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1991
Externally publishedYes


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