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The identification of DL-threo dihydrosphingosine and sphingosine as novel inhibitors of extracellular signal-regulated kinase signalling in airway smooth muscle

Tolan, D and Conway, A M and Steele, L and Pyne, S and Pyne, N J (1996) The identification of DL-threo dihydrosphingosine and sphingosine as novel inhibitors of extracellular signal-regulated kinase signalling in airway smooth muscle. British Journal of Pharmacology, 119 (2). pp. 185-186. ISSN 1476-5381

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Abstract

We present entirely novel evidence that DL-threo dihydrosphingosine and sphingosine are inhibitors of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signalling cassette in mammalian cells. We show that DL-threo dihydrosphingosine is effective against both growth factor- and G-protein-dependent activation of ERK. We conclude that DL-threo dihydrosphingosine may represent an important pharmacological cell-permeable agent that may be usefully employed to block smooth muscle cell proliferation.