To examine whether overexpression of protein kinase C (PKC) is sufficient to allow for factor-independent growth in hematopoietic cells, we used a recombinant retroviral expression vector system to introduce a cDNA encoding the β1 isoform of the PKC gene into IL-3-dependent cells FDC-P1. Cell lines were generated which up to 24-fold increases in PKC activity. Analysis of these cell lines demonstrated that PKC activation does not play a significant role in IL-3-mediated growth control, as evidenced by the following: (1) IL-3 addition to either overexpressor cell lines did not induce morphologic changes whereas activators of PKC stimulated cellular clumping; (2) early passage FDC-P1 cells, either carrying normal or elevated levels of PKC, were not stimualted to grow by activators of PKC; and (3) addition of phorbol esters or bryostatin 1 to these cells markedly decreased the levels of PKC without affecting the ability of these cells to grow in IL-3. Therefore, we suggest that IL-3 mediated growth occurs through pathways other than involving PKC.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Sep 5 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cancer Research