Bradykinin signalling to MAP kinase: cell-specific connections versus principle mitogenic pathways

Biol Chem. 2001 Jan;382(1):49-55. doi: 10.1515/BC.2001.008.


Mitogenic signalling pathways from G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) to the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade may involve alpha- or betagamma-subunits of heterotrimeric G proteins, receptor or non-receptor tyrosine kinases, adaptor molecules, phosphoinositide 3-kinases, protein kinase C, and probably other proteins. The majority of models describing the connection of different signalling proteins within a mitogenic pathway are based on experimental data obtained by co- and overexpression of epitope-tagged MAPK together with the respective GPCR and other signalling proteins of interest in transfectable cell lines. Here the link of the bradykinin B2 receptor (B2R) to MAPK in the COS-7 cell expression system is compared with mitogenic signalling pathways of bradykinin in various tumour cell lines. It becomes evident that in natural or tumour cells expressing individual amounts and different isoforms of signalling proteins completely other relations between B2R and MAPK may exist than in COS-7 cells, suggesting a high degree of cellular specificity in mitogenic signalling.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bradykinin / physiology*
  • Cell Communication / physiology
  • Humans
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases / genetics
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases / physiology*
  • Mitogens / pharmacology
  • Signal Transduction / drug effects
  • Signal Transduction / genetics
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*


  • Mitogens
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
  • Bradykinin