Hydrogen peroxide and endothelin-1 are novel activators of betacellulin ectodomain shedding

Michael P. Sanderson, Catherine A. Abbott, Hiroko Tada, Masaharu Seno, Peter J. Dempsey, Andrew J. Dunbar

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The betacellulin precursor (pro-BTC) is a novel substrate for ADAM10-mediated ectodomain shedding. In this report, we investigated the ability of novel physiologically relevant stimuli, including G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) agonists and reactive oxygen species (ROS), to stimulate pro-BTC shedding. We found that in breast adenocarcinoma MCF7 cells overexpressing pro-BTC, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) was a powerful stimulator of ectodomain shedding. The stimulation of pro-BTC shedding by H 2O2 was blocked by the broad-spectrum metalloprotease inhibitor TAPI-0 but was still functional in ADAM17 (TACE)-deficient stomach epithelial cells indicating the involvement of a distinct metalloprotease. H2O2-induced pro-BTC shedding was blocked by co-culturing cells in the anti-oxidant N-acetyl-L-cysteine but was unaffected by culture in calcium-deficient media. By contrast, calcium ionophore, which is a previously characterized activator of pro-BTC shedding, was sensitive to calcium depletion but was unaffected by co-culture with the anti-oxidant, identifying a clear distinction between these stimuli. We found that in vascular smooth muscle cells overexpressing pro-BTC, the GPCR agonist endothelin-1 (ET-1) was a strong inducer of ectodomain shedding. This was blocked by a metalloprotease inhibitor and by overexpression of catalytically inactive E385A ADAM10. However, overexpression of wild-type ADAM10 or ADAM17 led to an increase in ET-1-induced pro-BTC shedding providing evidence for an involvement of both enzymes in this process. This study identifies ROS and ET-1 as two novel inducers of pro-BTC shedding and lends support to the notion of activated shedding occurring under the control of physiologically relevant stimuli.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-623
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Cellular Biochemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2006


  • ADAM
  • Betacellulin
  • Ectodomain shedding
  • Endothelin
  • ErbB
  • Metalloprotease
  • Reactive oxygen species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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