Protein kinase C zeta isoform is critical for mitogenic signal transduction. Academic Article uri icon


  • The requirement of protein kinase C zeta (zeta PKC) for maturation of X. laevis oocytes in response to insulin, p21ras, and phosphatidylcholine-hydrolyzing phospholipase C has recently been shown. Here we present experimental evidence demonstrating that activation of zeta PKC is not only necessary but also sufficient by itself to activate maturation in oocytes and to produce deregulation of growth control in mouse fibroblasts. Furthermore, by using a dominant kinase-defective mutant of zeta PKC, we confirm that this kinase is required for mitogenic activation in oocytes and fibroblasts. These results permit us to propose zeta PKC as a critical step downstream of p21ras in mitogenic signal transduction.

published proceedings

  • Cell

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Berra, E., Diaz-Meco, M. T., Dominguez, I., Municio, M. M., Sanz, L., Lozano, J., Chapkin, R. S., & Moscat, J.

citation count

  • 344

complete list of authors

  • Berra, E||Diaz-Meco, MT||Dominguez, I||Municio, MM||Sanz, L||Lozano, J||Chapkin, RS||Moscat, J

publication date

  • August 1993

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