Regulation of protein kinase Cδ downregulation by protein kinase Cε and mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2

Alakananda Basu, Savitha Sridharan, Shalini Persaud

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Phosphorylation and dephosphorylation of PKCs can regulate their activity, stability and function. We have previously shown that downregulation of PKCδ by tumor promoting phorbol esters was compromised when HeLa cells acquired resistance to cisplatin (HeLa/CP). In the present study, we have used these cells to understand the mechanism of PKCδ downregulation. A brief treatment of HeLa cells with phorbol 12,13-dibutyrate (PDBu) induced phosphorylation of PKCδ at the activation loop (Thr505), turn motif (Ser643), hydrophobic motif (Ser662) and Tyr-311 sites to a greater extent in HeLa/CP cells compared to HeLa cells. Prolonged treatment with PDBu led to downregulation of PKCδ in HeLa but not in HeLa/CP cells. The PKC inhibitor Gö 6983 inhibited PDBu-induced downregulation of PKCδ, decreased Thr505 phosphorylation and increased PKCδ tyrosine phosphorylation at Tyr-311 site. However, knockdown of c-Abl, c-Src, Fyn and Lyn had little effect on PKCδ downregulation and Tyr311 phosphorylation. Pretreatment with the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitor Ly294002 and mTOR inhibitor rapamycin restored the ability of PDBu to downregulate PKCδ in HeLa/CP cells. Knockdown of mTOR and rictor but not raptor facilitated PKCδ downregulation. Depletion of PKCε also enhanced PKCδ downregulation by PDBu. These results suggest that downregulation of PKCδ is regulated by PKCε and mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1680-1685
Number of pages6
JournalCellular Signalling
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2009


  • PKCδ
  • PKCε
  • Rictor
  • Src
  • mTOR


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