alexa FGF-2 blocks TGF-beta1-mediated suppression of Bcl-2 in normal melanocytes.


Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy

Author(s): von Willebrand M, Khler K, Alanko T, Laiho M, Saksela O

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Normal melanocytes require growth support provided by the adjacent basement membrane. In contrast, nevus cells and melanoma cells survive in the dermis, and in vitro on a soft collagen gel. Transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-beta1) produced by melanocytes themselves induces apoptosis in normal melanocytes cultured on collagen gel, an effect that can be counteracted by fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2). The purpose of this study was to investigate the mechanisms by which FGF-2 counteracts the apoptotic signals from TGF-beta1 in melanocytes cultured on collagen gel. We report that FGF-2 did not interfere with the signal transduction from the TGF-beta1 receptors to SMAD2/3 proteins. Instead, TGF-beta1 decreased the level of Bcl-2 in normal melanocytes cultured on collagen gel, and FGF-2 reversed the TGF-beta1-mediated reduction in the level of Bcl-2. In nevus and melanoma cells, TGF-beta1 was unable to induce a decrease in the level of Bcl-2, and treatment with FGF-2 did not cause an increase in the level of Bcl-2 in nevus or melanoma cells. In conclusion, our results suggest that a reduction in the level of the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 is involved in the execution of apoptosis induced by TGF-beta1 in normal melanocytes cultured on collagen gel and that FGF-2 can prevent TGF-beta1 from causing this reduction. This article was published in Exp Dermatol and referenced in Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

Agri, Food, Aqua and Veterinary Science Journals

Dr. Krish

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Clinical and Biochemistry Journals

Datta A

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals


1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Katie Wilson

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science and Health care Journals

Andrea Jason

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics and Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Informatics Journals

Stephanie Skinner

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Material Sciences Journals

Rachle Green

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Mathematics and Physics Journals

Jim Willison

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

John Behannon

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

Steve Harry

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version