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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1993 Jun 30;193(3):1283-90.

A protein kinase C agonist, selective for the beta I isozyme, induces E-selectin and VCAM-1 expression on HUVEC but does not translocate PKC.

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Department of Medicine/Division of Hematology, University of Washington, Seattle 98195.


A protein kinase C (PKC) agonist selective for the beta I isozyme, 12-deoxyphorbol 13-phenylacetate 20-acetate (dPPA), induced NF-kappa B-like binding activity and surface expression of E-selectin and VCAM-1 in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), similar to the effects of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha). Induction of E-selectin and VCAM-1 expression by dPPA was completely inhibited by the PKC inhibitors staurosporine and Ro31-7549. The PKC inhibitors also reduce TNF-alpha-induced VCAM-1 expression. However, neither dPPA nor TNF-alpha translocated PKC from the cytosolic to the plasma or nuclear membrane particulate fractions in HUVEC. These results indicate that activation of the beta I PKC isozyme is sufficient for expression of E-selectin and VCAM-1, and suggest that PKC may mediate the effects of TNF-alpha and dPPA without requiring the translocation normally associated with activation of PKC.

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