The constitutive activation of JNK has been implicated in Ras-induced cellular transformation and activated JNK is down-regulated by the tumor suppressor protein, RASSF1A. In this study, we examined whether RASSF1A blocked oncogenic Ras-induced JNK activation. Exogenous expression of H-Ras G12V induced JNK phosphorylation and RASSF1A co-transfected with H-RasG12V efficiently suppressed Ras-triggered JNK activation in various cancer cell lines. RASSF1A expression revived the H-Ras G12V-induced p27Kip1 down-regulation. JNK siRNA treatment also promoted recovery from the H-RasG12V-induced p27Kip1 downregulation. These results demonstrate that RASSF1A inhibited H-Ras G12V-induced JNK activation and JNK-mediated p27Kip1 down-regulation. From these results, we propose that RASSF1A exerts a tumor-suppressing effect by blocking oncogenic Ras-induced JNK activation.
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- Cancer Research