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.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - May 1991|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research
- Molecular Biology