Distinct roles for the p110α and hVPS34 phosphatidylinositol 3'- kinases in vesicular trafficking, regulation of the actin cytoskeleton, and mitogenesis

Uma Siddhanta, James McIlroy, Amishi Shah, Yitao Zhang, Jonathan M. Backer

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We have examined the roles of the p85/p110α and hVPS34 phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3'-kinases in cellular signaling using inhibitory isoform-specific antibodies. We raised anti-hVPS34 and anti-p110α antibodies that specifically inhibit recombinant hVPS34 and p110α, respectively, in vitro. We used the antibodies to study cellular processes that are sensitive to low-dose wortmannin. The antibodies had distinct effects on the actin cytoskeleton; microinjection of anti-p110α antibodies blocked insulin- stimulated ruffling, whereas anti-hVPS34 antibodies had no effect. The antibodies also had different effects on vesicular trafficking. Microinjection of inhibitory anti-hVPS34 antibodies, but not anti-p110α antibodies, blocked the transit of internalized PDGF receptors to a perinuclear compartment, and disrupted the localization of the early endosomal protein EEA1. Microinjection of anti-p110α antibodies, and to a lesser extent anti-hVPS34 antibodies, reduced the rate of transferrin recycling in CHO cells. Surprisingly, both antibodies inhibited insulin- stimulated DNA synthesis by 80%. Injection of cells with antisense oligonucleotides derived from the hVPS34 sequence also blocked insulin- stimulated DNA synthesis, whereas scrambled oligonucleotides had no effect. Interestingly, the requirement for p110α and hVPS34 occurred at different times during the G1-S transition. Our data suggest that different PI 3'- kinases play distinct regulatory roles in the cell, and document an unexpected role for hVPS34 during insulin-stimulated mitogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1647-1659
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 14 1998



  • Endocytosis
  • Phosphatidylinositol 3'-kinase
  • Phosphoinositides
  • Signal transduction
  • Vesicular trafficking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology

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