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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2003 Oct 24;310(3):796-803.

Integrin-linked kinase is a positive mediator of L6 myoblast differentiation.

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Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Ont., Canada.


Overexpression of ILK in L6 myoblasts results in increased ILK kinase activity, stimulating myotube formation and induction of biochemical differentiation markers. Expression of a dominant negative ILK mutant, ILK(E359K), inhibits endogenous ILK activation and L6 differentiation. Cell cycle analysis of ILK(E359K) cells cultured in serum-free conditions indicates significant apoptosis (11-19% sub-diploid peak) which is not seen in insulin treated cells. Expression of ILK variants does not have significant effects on S-phase transit, however. Known targets of ILK, PKB/Akt or glycogen synthase kinase 3beta are not obviously involved in ILK-induced L6 differentiation. Insulin-stimulated phosphorylation of PKB at Ser473 is unimpaired in the ILK(E359K) cells, suggesting that PKB is not a myogenic target of ILK. Inhibition of GSK3beta by LiCl blocks L6 myogenesis, indicating that ILK-mediated inhibition of GSK3beta is not sufficient for differentiation. Our data do suggest that a LiCl-sensitive interaction of ILK is important in L6 myoblast differentiation.

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