Overexpression of protein kinase C α and β1 has distinct effects on bovine aortic endothelial cell growth

Oscar R. Rosales, Carlos M. Isales, Jaya Bhargava

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Protein kinase C (PKC) plays an important role in the mitogenic response of endothelial cells to growth factors. PKC α and β1 are the predominant classical isoforms expressed by bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAECs). The present studies were undertaken to elucidate the effect of PKC α and β1 overexpression in BAEC growth. A series of BAEC lines that stably overexpress the full-length PKC α and β1 cDNA were generated by using a replication-defective recombinant retrovirus. The level of PKC α and β1 cDNA expression was determined by assaying for PKC α and β1 mRNA transcripts. PKC α and β1 protein levels were analysed by Western blotting. Functional analysis of these overexpressing lines was performed by measuring PKC activity and phorbol ester-binding assays. PKC α and B1 overexpression had distinctive effects on BAEC growth and cell-cycle progression. Relative to untransfected BAECs and BAECs transfected with the viral vector alone, BAECs that overproduced PKC a exhibited reduced proliferation in vitro and increased accumulation of cells in the G2/M phase of the cell cycle. Growth inhibition was greater in cell lines overexpressing higher levels of PKC α. Conversely, a 5-fold greater increase in PKC β1 activity promoted BAEC growth and shortened BAEC doubling time, whereas cells with a 2- to 4-fold increase in enzyme activity had growth profiles similar to those of both control groups. These results suggest that PKC α and β1 overexpression has reciprocal effects on BAEC growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-597
Number of pages9
JournalCellular Signalling
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 1998


  • Cell cycle
  • Cell growth
  • Endothelium
  • Overexpression
  • Proliferation
  • Protein kinase C

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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