Src kinase integrates PI3K/Akt and MAPK/ERK1/2 pathways in T3-induced Na-K-ATPase activity in adult rat alveolar cells

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We previously reported that the 3,5,3=-triiodo-L-thyronine (T3)-induced increase of Na-K-ATPase activity in rat alveolar epithelial cells (AECs) required activation of Src kinase, PI3K, and MAPK/ERK1/2. In the present study, we assessed the role of Akt in Na-K-ATPase activity and the interaction between the PI3K and MAPK in response to T3 by using MP48 cells, inhibitors, and constitutively active mutants in the MP48 (alveolar type II-like) cell line. The Akt inhibitor VIII blocked T3-induced increases in Na-K-ATPase activity and amount of plasma membrane Na-K-ATPase protein. The Akt inhibitor VIII also abolished the increase in Na-K-ATPase activity induced by constitutively active mutants of either Src kinase or PI3K. Moreover, constitutively active mutants of Akt increased Na-K-ATPase activity in the absence of T3. Thus activation of Akt was required for T3-induced Na-KATPase activity in AECs and is sufficient in the absence of T3. Inhibitors of Src kinase (PP1), PI3K (wortmannin), and ERK1/2 (U0126) all blocked the T3-induced Na-K-ATPase activity. PP1 blocked the activation of PI3K and also ERK1/2 by T3, whereas U0126 did not prevent T3 activation of Src kinase or PI3K activity. Wortmannin did not significantly alter T3-increased MAPK/ERK1/2 activity, suggesting that T3-activated PI3K/Akt and MAPK/ERK1/2 pathways acted downstream of the Src kinase. Furthermore, in the absence of T3, a constitutively active mutant of Src kinase increased activities of Na-K-ATPase, PI3K, and MAPK/ERK1/2. A constitutively active mutant of PI3K enhanced Na-K-ATPase activity but did not alter the MAPK/ERK1/2 activity significantly. In summary, in adult rat AECs T3-stimulated Src kinase activity can activate both PI3K/Akt and MAPK/ERK1/2, and activation of Akt is necessary for T3-induced Na-K-ATPase activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L765-L771
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • 3,5,3'-triiodo-l-thyronine
  • Alveolar fluid clearance
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Sodium pump


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