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Cell Death Differ. 1999 Aug;6(8):753-64.

Overexpression of atypical PKC in PC12 cells enhances NGF-responsiveness and survival through an NF-kappaB dependent pathway.

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  • 1Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University, Alabama, USA. mwwooten@ag.auburn.edu

Abstract

Removal of atypical PKC blocks NGF-induced differentiation of PC12 cells.1 We now examine the consequences that overexpression of atypical PKCs had upon NGF responses. PC12 cells were stably transfected with either PKC-iota or PKC-zeta. Overexpression of atypical PKCs markedly enhanced NGF- induced neurite outgrowth as well as enhanced NGF-stimulated JNK kinase. Cotransfection of HA-JNK1 along with increasing concentrations of PKC-iota, resulted in dose-dependent phosphorylation of GST c-Jun (1 - 79). NGF treatment of PC12 cells resulted in activation of NF-kappaB. In comparison, overexpression of atypical PKC-iota was by itself sufficient to activate NF-kappaB and shift the kinetics of NGF-induced kappaB activity. Furthermore, transfection of full-length antisense PKC-iota blocked basal and NGF-stimulated NF-kappaB. Differentiated and undifferentiated PC12 cells overexpressing atypical PKC-iota were protected from serum deprivation-induced cell death. Collectively, these findings demonstrate that atypical PKC-iota lies in a pathway that regulates NF-kappaB and contributes to both neurotrophin-mediated differentiation and survival signaling.

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