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Leuk Lymphoma. 1992 Oct;8(3):201-11.

The expression and possible roles of protein kinase C in haematopoietic cells.

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  • 1Second Department of Internal Medicine, Mie University School of Medicine, Tsu, Japan.


Protein kinase C (PKC) activation and/or modulation of its isoenzyme expression play key roles in regulating the response of haematopoietic cells to both growth factors and non-physiological inducers of cell growth and differentiation. The level of PKC activities for both cytosol and particulate fractions of ALL and CLL cells are lower than those of AML type. Atypical AML blasts expressing T-cell associated CD2 and CD7 determinants have significantly lower PKC activities compared to typical AML blasts. Analyses of PKC isoforms (-alpha, -beta, and -gamma) show considerable variation with respect to leukaemic cell distributions and subcellular localisations. PKC-alpha and -beta are usually the major species in cytosolic fractions, whereas PKC-gamma is the predominant type in particulate fractions. All lymphoid cells express PKC-gamma in the cytosol, albeit as a minor component, while the occurrence of cytosol PKC-gamma in AML cells appears to be associated in particular with a typical lymphoid antigen expression.

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