Selective expression of c-mas proto-oncogene in rat cerebral endothelial cells

Neuroreport. 1996 Dec 20;8(1):93-6. doi: 10.1097/00001756-199612200-00019.


Northern blot analysis of cultured endothelial cells derived from rat cerebral resistance vessels demonstrated the presence of c-mas mRNA. This is the first description of mas expression in non-neuronal cells. c-mas message was not detectable in cultured endothelial cells derived from other vascular beds, including rat aorta and mesenteric resistance vessels. Since c-mas has been purported to regulate the proliferation response to angiotensin, the growth properties of all three endothelial cell cultures were examined. The data indicated no differences in either basal or angiotensin-stimulated cell growth among brain, mesenteric or aortic-derived endothelial cells. These data suggest that c-mas is selectively expressed in brain endothelial cells and that this proto-oncogene does not regulate cell proliferation in this cell type.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Angiotensin II / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Aorta, Thoracic / cytology
  • Aorta, Thoracic / metabolism
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Capillaries / cytology
  • Capillaries / metabolism
  • Cell Division / drug effects
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation / physiology*
  • Endothelium, Vascular / cytology
  • Endothelium, Vascular / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / biosynthesis*
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / genetics
  • Proto-Oncogene Mas
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / biosynthesis*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / genetics
  • Proto-Oncogenes / genetics*
  • RNA, Messenger / biosynthesis
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • Splanchnic Circulation / physiology
  • Stimulation, Chemical


  • Proto-Oncogene Mas
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • Angiotensin II
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases