Role of protein kinase C and NF-kappa B in proteolysis-inducing factor-induced proteasome expression in C2C12 myotubes

Helen J. Smith, S.M. Wyke, Michael J. Tisdale

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Proteolysis-inducing factor (PIF) is a sulphated glycoprotein produced by cachexia-inducing tumours, which initiates muscle protein degradation through an increased expression of the ubiquitin–proteasome proteolytic pathway. The role of kinase C (PKC) in PIF-induced proteasome expression has been studied in murine myotubes as a surrogate model of skeletal muscle. Proteasome expression induced by PIF was attenuated by 4alpha-phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (100 nM) and by the PKC inhibitors Ro31-8220 (10 muM), staurosporine (300 nM), calphostin C (300 nM) and Gö 6976 (200 muM). Proteolysis-inducing factor-induced activation of PKCalpha, with translocation from the cytosol to the membrane at the same concentration as that inducing proteasome expression, and this effect was attenuated by calphostin C. Myotubes transfected with a constitutively active PKCalpha (pCO2) showed increased expression of proteasome activity, and a longer time course, compared with their wild-type counterparts. In contrast, myotubes transfected with a dominant-negative PKCalpha (pKS1), which showed no activation of PKCalpha in response to PIF, exhibited no increase in proteasome activity at any time point. Proteolysis-inducing factor-induced proteasome expression has been suggested to involve the transcription factor nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB), which may be activated through PKC. Proteolysis-inducing factor induced a decrease in cytosolic I-kappaBalpha and an increase in nuclear binding of NF-kappaB in pCO2, but not in pKS1, and the effect in wild-type cells was attenuated by calphostin C, confirming that it was mediated through PKC. This suggests that PKC may be involved in the phosphorylation and degradation of I-kappaBalpha, induced by PIF, necessary for the release of NF-kappaB from its inactive cytosolic complex.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1850-1857
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - May 2004

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This work has been supported by the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic cancer research


  • proteolysis-inducing factor
  • protein kinase C
  • nuclear factor-kappa B
  • proteasome expression


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