A PKCbeta isoform mediates phorbol ester-induced activation of Erk1/2 and expression of neuronal differentiation genes in neuroblastoma cells

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Protein kinase C (PKC) activation induces neuronal differentiation of SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells. This study examines the role of PKCbeta isoforms in this process. The PKCbeta-specific inhibitor LY379196 had no effect on 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate (TPA)-induced neurite outgrowth from SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells. On the other hand, PKCbeta inhibition suppressed the TPA-stimulated increase in neuropeptide Y mRNA, activation of neuropeptide Y gene promoter elements, and phosphorylation of Erk1/2. The TPA-induced increase in neuropeptide Y expression was also inhibited by the MEK inhibitor PD98059. These data indicate that activation of a PKCbeta isoform, through a pathway involving Erk1/2, leads to increased expression of neuronal differentiation genes in neuroblastoma cells.


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  • Biological Sciences


  • Growth-associated protein 43, Mitogen-activated protein kinase, Neuroblastoma cell, Neuronal differentiation, Neuropeptide Y, Protein kinase C
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-130
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Tumour Cell Biology (013017530), Molecular Medicine (013031200), Division of Molecular Medicine and Gene Therapy (013022010)