Signal transduction pathway of prolactin in rat liver

R. Piccoletti, P. Bendinelli, P. Maroni

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We previously reported that a single intraperitoneal injection of prolactin (PRL) in female adult rats rapidly and transiently activates mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) in the liver. Here we analysed the PRL signalling pathway that accounts for MAPK activation. We found that total liver MAPK kinase-1 phosphorylating activity and Raf-1 activity significantly increase after PRL treatment, following a time course that accounts for the activation of MAPK. We also identified a significant increase in the phosphotyrosine content of the 52 kDa Shc protein, accompanied by an increase in Shc coimmunoprecipitated Grb2. which suggests the Ras involvement by PRL. We found that Janus kinase (JAK)2 tyrosine kinase, which appears constitutively associated with the PRL receptor expressed in the liver, is activated and associated with Shc proteins after in vivo PRL treatment. Taken together our data provide evidence that in vivo PRL activates the Shc-Ras-Raf-MAPK cascade in the liver by the involvement of JAK2 and suggests the possibility that the liver short form of PRL receptor plays a role in triggering this signalling pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-177
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 12 1997


  • Prolactin
  • Prolactin receptor signalling pathway
  • Rat liver

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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