Nicholas J Cartel

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Publications (4)14.87 Total impact

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    Nicholas J Cartel · Martin Post
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    ABSTRACT: Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB-stimulated glycosaminoglycan (GAG) synthesis/secretion in fetal lung fibroblasts is dependent on sequential activation of the PDGF beta-receptor, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), the serine/threonine kinase Akt-1,2, and the GTPase Rab3D. Because the Akt pathway has been implicated in cell survival mechanisms, we investigated whether the pathway regulating GAG synthesis/secretion was antiapoptotic. PDGF-BB treatment protected fetal lung fibroblasts against serum starvation-induced apoptosis, whereas wortmannin, an inhibitor of PI3K, abrogated this protective effect. Transfection of constitutively active Akt into fetal lung fibroblasts also safeguarded the cells from apoptosis induced by serum starvation. To determine whether the antiapoptotic response was due, at least in part, to GAGs, we treated lung fibroblasts with beta-D-xyloside as well as with topically applied GAGs, specifically those produced by fetal lung fibroblasts. beta-D-xyloside increased GAG synthesis/secretion and diminished apoptosis. Application of sulfated GAGs, chondroitin sulfate, and heparan sulfate, but not nonsulfated hyaluronan, also resulted in diminished apoptosis. Moreover, topically applied sulfated GAGs increased Bcl-associated death promoter phosphorylation and diminished caspase-3 and -7 cleavage, indicating an antiapototic response. These data are compatible with the PDGF-BB-GAG signaling pathway regulating programmed fibroblast death in the fetal lung.
    AJP Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology 03/2005; 288(2):L285-93. DOI:10.1152/ajplung.00275.2004 · 4.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Unilateral pneumonectomy leads to compensatory growth in the residual lung, the mediators of which are largely unknown. We hypothesized, based on its other known roles in lung cell growth, that platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB would be an essential mediator of postpneumonectomy compensatory lung growth. Left-sided pneumonectomies were performed on 21-d-old rats, for comparison with sham-operated or unoperated control animals. Body weights were not different between groups. Right lung weights and DNA content were significantly increased (p < 0.05), compared with controls, by 10 d after pneumonectomy. The rate of DNA synthesis was maximal on d 5 postpneumonectomy. Total right lung PDGF-B mRNA and PDGF-BB protein increased after pneumonectomy, but were apparently tightly regulated, relative to total right lung beta-actin mRNA and protein content, respectively. However, PDGF-BB expression after pneumonectomy was apparently not purely constitutive, in that daily i.p. injections of a truncated soluble PDGF beta-receptor both reduced activation of the native PDGF beta-receptor, and attenuated increased lung DNA synthesis on d 3 after pneumonectomy. These findings are consistent with a critical role for PDGF-BB in postpneumonectomy lung growth.
    Pediatric Research 07/2002; 52(1):25-33. DOI:10.1203/00006450-200207000-00007 · 2.31 Impact Factor
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    Nicholas J Cartel · Jinxia Wang · Martin Post
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    ABSTRACT: Previously we have demonstrated that the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI-3K) signal-transduction pathway mediates platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB-induced glycosaminoglycan (GAG) synthesis in fetal lung fibroblasts. In the present study we further investigated the signal-transduction pathway(s) that results in PDGF-BB-induced GAG synthesis. Over-expression of a soluble PDGF beta-receptor as well as a mutated form of the beta-receptor, unable to bind PI-3K, diminished GAG synthesis in fetal lung fibroblasts subsequent to PDGF-BB stimulation. The PI-3K inhibitor wortmannin blocked PDGF-BB-induced Akt activity as well as significantly diminishing PDGF-BB-mediated GAG synthesis. Expression of dominant-negative PI-3K also abrogated Akt activity and GAG synthesis. Furthermore, expression of dominant-negative Akt abrogated endogenous Akt activity, Rab3D phosphorylation and GAG synthesis, whereas expression of constitutively activated Akt stimulated Rab3D phosphorylation and GAG synthesis in the absence of PDGF-BB. Over-expression of wild-type PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homologue deleted in chromosome 10) inhibited Akt activity and concomitantly attenuated GAG synthesis in fibroblasts stimulated with PDGF-BB. These data suggest that Akt is an integral protein involved in PDGF-BB-mediated GAG regulation in fetal lung fibroblasts.
    Biochemical Journal 05/2002; 363(Pt 1):19-28. DOI:10.1042/0264-6021:3630019 · 4.40 Impact Factor
  • Nicholas J. Cartel · Jason Liu · Jinxia Wang · Martin Post
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    ABSTRACT: Herein, we investigated the activity of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), a key component of downstream signaling events, which is activated subsequent to platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB stimulation. Specifically, p42(MAPK) activity peaked 60 min after addition of PDGF-BB, declined thereafter, and was determined not to be a direct or necessary component of glycosaminoglycan (GAG) synthesis. PDGF-BB also activated MAPK kinase 2 (MAPKK2) but had no effect on MAPKK1 and Raf-1 activity. Chemical inhibition of Janus kinase, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, Src kinase, or tyrosine phosphorylation inhibition of the PDGF beta-receptor (PDGFR-beta) did not abrogate PDGF-BB-induced p42(MAPK) activation or its threonine or tyrosine phosphorylation. A dominant negative cytoplasmic receptor for hyaluronan-mediated motility variant 4 (RHAMMv4), a regulator of MAPKK-MAPK interaction and activation, did not inhibit PDGF-BB-induced p42(MAPK) activation nor did a construct expressing PDGFR-beta with cytoplasmic tyrosines mutated to phenylalanine. However, overexpression of a dominant negative PDGFR-beta lacking the cytoplasmic signaling domain abrogated p42(MAPK) activity. These results suggest that PDGF-BB-mediated activation of p42(MAPK) requires the PDGFR-beta but is independent of its tyrosine phosphorylation.
    AJP Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology 11/2001; 281(4):L786-98. · 4.08 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

48 Citations
14.87 Total Impact Points


  • 2005
    • SickKids
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2001–2002
    • University of Toronto
      • Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada