Increased expression of a high molecular weight (130 KD) protein kinase C isoform in a differentiation-defective ras-transfected keratinocyte line

J. L. Rosales, Roslyn Rivkah Isseroff

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Abstract

The role of ras on protein kinase C (PKC) signaling was examined in two keratinocyte cell lines. Increasing the level of extracellular calcium from 0.15 mM to 1.0 mM induces some features of differentiation in the spontaneously immortalized HaCaT line, but fails to do so in a c-H-ras-transfected subline (ras-HaCaT). Raising extracellular calcium also induced a transient increase in membrane-associated PKC activity 5 min after calcium addition, in HaCaT, but not in the ras-HaCaT cells. Partial purification of PKC from the membrane/particulate fraction revealed the major isoform expressed in HaCaT to be an 80 KD species recognized by the anti-PKCα antibody. In ras-HaCaT, the major expressed isoform is a 130 KD species recognized by the PKCβ antibody. The kinase activity of the partially purified high molecular weight PKC is phospholipid dependent but calcium independent. Further evaluation of PKC in the HaCaT and ras-HaCaT membrane/particulate cell fraction by immunoblotting using affinity-purified antibodies against PKCα, β, δ, ε and ζ revealed a 130 KD band reacting with the PKCδ antibody. Increased expression of this high molecular weight protein was observed in ras-HaCaT. Immunoprecipitation of PKC in ras-HaCaT using the PKCδ antibody also revealed a 130 KD species. Analysis of the PKCδ immunoprecipitate demonstrated a phospholipid, but not calcium-dependent kinase which autophosphorylated. These results suggest that the 130 KD protein may be a novel (calcium-independent) PKC (nPKC) isoform and increased expression in the ras-transfected HaCaT may be a consequence of oncogenic ras expression. This 130 KD species may also play a role in the ras-associated inhibition of differentiation in HaCaT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-521
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
Volume164
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology

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