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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2001 Oct 19;288(1):34-41.

PKCdelta and zeta mediate IL-4/IL-13-induced germline epsilon transcription in human B cells: a putative regulation via PU.1 phosphorylation.

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  • 1Clinical Research Center, National Sagamihara Hospital, Kanagawa 228-8522, Japan.


We have investigated the role of PKC isozymes in the function of IL-4 and IL-13 in human B cells. In a Burkitt's B lymphoma cell line, DND39, IL-4 induced the translocation of PKCdelta and zeta from the cytosol to the membrane fraction. The activation of germline epsilon promoter by IL-4 was abrogated not only by the expression of dominant negative mutants of PKCdelta and zeta but also by isozyme-selective PKC inhibitors, rottlerin and PKCzeta pseudosubstrate peptide. These inhibitors also suppressed IL-4/IL-13-induced germline epsilon transcription in the IL-13Ralpha1-transfected DND39 cells as well as in normal human B cells, but had no influence on the induction of CD23b in the latter cells. As a downstream event of PKC, we found threonine phosphorylation of PU.1 in IL-4-stimulated DND39 cells. This phosphorylation was suppressed by the PKC inhibitors, although STAT6 activation was unaffected. These results suggest that, in human B cells, IL-4/IL-13 utilize PKCdelta and zeta for the STAT6-independent signaling pathway and thereby modulate the transcriptional activity of PU.1.

Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

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