Mitogenic effect of bradykinin and of des-Arg9-bradykinin on cultured fibroblasts

Life Sci. 1986 Dec 15;39(24):2351-8. doi: 10.1016/0024-3205(86)90666-1.


Bradykinin (BK) and its fragment des-Arg9-BK failed to stimulate thymidine incorporation in all but one observed fibroblast cultures derived from human amniotic fluid or rabbit dermis. The rabbit dermis fibroblast line designated R51 acquired the capacity to increase its DNA synthesis in response to kinins after several weeks in culture. It was more sensitive to des-Arg9-BK than to BK and the effect of both peptides was antagonized by the analog Leu8, des-Arg9-BK; these features are shared with certain smooth muscle preparations responsive to kinins such as the rabbit aorta. Recently isolated rabbit dermis or human amniotic fibroblasts could not be made responsive to kinins by pre-incubating them with bacterial lipopolysaccharide. The line R51 released more PGE2 than baseline when stimulated with BK or des-Arg9-BK at low concentrations; it was also doubling faster than recently isolated cells of similar origin.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bradykinin / analogs & derivatives*
  • Bradykinin / pharmacology*
  • Dinoprostone
  • Fibroblasts / drug effects*
  • Humans
  • Mitosis / drug effects*
  • Prostaglandins E / metabolism
  • Rabbits
  • Thymidine / metabolism


  • Prostaglandins E
  • bradykinin, des-Arg(9)-
  • bradykinin, Leu(8)-des-Arg(9)-
  • Dinoprostone
  • Bradykinin
  • Thymidine