NDRG1 activates VEGF-A-induced angiogenesis through PLCγ1/ERK signaling in mouse vascular endothelial cells

Kosuke Watari, Tomohiro Shibata, Hideaki Fujita, Ai Shinoda, Yuichi Murakami, Hideyuki Abe, Akihiko Kawahara, Hiroshi Ito, Jun Akiba, Shigeo Yoshida, Michihiko Kuwano, Mayumi Ono

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Abstract

Many diseases, including cancer, have been associated with impaired regulation of angiogenesis, of which vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A is a key regulator. Here, we test the contribution of N-myc downstream regulated gene 1 (NDRG1) to VEGF-A-induced angiogenesis in vascular endothelial cells (ECs). Ndrg1−/− mice exhibit impaired VEGF-A-induced angiogenesis in corneas. Tumor angiogenesis induced by cancer cells that express high levels of VEGF-A was also reduced in a mouse dorsal air sac assay. Furthermore, NDRG1 deficiency in ECs prevented angiogenic sprouting from the aorta and the activation of phospholipase Cγ1 (PLCγ1) and ERK1/2 by VEGF-A without affecting the expression and function of VEGFR2. Finally, we show that NDRG1 formed a complex with PLCγ1 through its phosphorylation sites, and the inhibition of PLCγ1 dramatically suppressed VEGF-A-induced angiogenesis in the mouse cornea, suggesting an essential role of NDRG1 in VEGF-A-induced angiogenesis through PLCγ1 signaling.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107
JournalCommunications Biology
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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    Watari, K., Shibata, T., Fujita, H., Shinoda, A., Murakami, Y., Abe, H., Kawahara, A., Ito, H., Akiba, J., Yoshida, S., Kuwano, M., & Ono, M. (2020). NDRG1 activates VEGF-A-induced angiogenesis through PLCγ1/ERK signaling in mouse vascular endothelial cells. Communications Biology, 3(1), [107]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-020-0829-0