The role of protein kinase C in laminin-mediated neurite outgrowth

Benjamin S. Weeks, Paul J. Wilson, Cathleen C. Heffernan, Ammar Ahmad, Kris Mahadeo

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Laminin is a potent stimulator of neurite outgrowth in rat pheochromocytoma (PC12) cells. Here, we investigated the role of protein kinase C (PKC) in the mechanism of laminin-mediated neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells. Phorbol ester activators of PKC have been shown to have divergent effects on laminin-mediated neurite outgrowth. Therefore, we tested the effect of the nonphorbol PKC activator, indolactam V. At 1.0 μM indolactam V inhibited laminin-mediated neurite outgrowth by 85%. Further, the PKC inhibitor H7 blocked the inhibitory effect of indolactam V on laminin-mediated neurite outgrowth. Direct measurement of protein kinase C activity in the soluble (cytosolic) and particulate (membrane) fractions of PC12 cells showed that laminin failed to alter protein kinase C activity. These data demonstrate that PKC activation inhibits laminin-mediated neurite outgrowth and that laminin does not activate PKC in PC12 cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-103
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 5 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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