Geranylgeranyl as well as farnesyl moiety is transferred to Ras p21 overproduced in adrenocortical cells transformed by c-Ha-rasEJ oncogene

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1997 Feb 24;231(3):789-92. doi: 10.1006/bbrc.1997.6183.


The ras-transformed newborn rat adrenocortical (RTAC) cells were obtained by transfection with the mutated c-Ha-rasEJ oncogene. They are proliferative and tumorigenic cells characterized by expression of the c-Ha-rasEJ oncogene and overexpression of a wild-type ras oncogene. The overproduced Ras p21 was identified here as Ki-Ras p21 by western blotting using a specific anti-Ki-Ras monoclonal antibody. Radioactivity derived from [14C]mevalonolactone was strongly incorporated into Ras p21 overproduced in RTAC cells. RTAC cells pretreated with lovastatin and labeled with either [3H]geranylgeranyl-pyrophosphate or [3H]farnesyl-pyrophosphate incorporated also radioactivity into Ras p21. These results showed that overproduced Ras proteins were geranylgeranylated as well as farnesylated in RTAC cells. These findings suggest that the strategy for inhibiting proliferation of Ki-ras-dependent tumorigenic cells should be directed against not only farnesylation but also geranylgeranylation of Ras p21.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic
  • Mevalonic Acid / metabolism
  • Protein Prenylation*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins p21(ras) / metabolism*
  • Rats


  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins p21(ras)
  • Mevalonic Acid