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Franke TF , Yang SI , Chan TO , Datta K , Kazlauskas A , Morrison DK , Kaplan DR , Tsichlis PN
The Protein-Kinase Encoded by the Akt Protooncogene Is a Target of the Pdgf-Activated Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase
Cell. 1995 Jun 2;81(5) :727-736
PMID: ISI:A1995RB96100011   
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The serine/threonine protein kinase encoded by the Akt proto- oncogene is catalytically inactive in serum-starved primary and immortalized fibroblasts. Here we show that Akt and the Akt- related kinase AKT2 are activated by PDGF. The activation was rapid and specific, and it was abrogated by mutations in the Akt Pleckstrin homology (PH) domain. The Akt activation was also shown to depend on PDGFR beta tyrosines Y740 and Y751, which bind phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (Pl 3-kinase) upon phosphorylation. Moreover, Akt activation was blocked by the Pl 3-kinase-specific inhibitor wortmannin and the dominant inhibitory N17Ras. Conversely, Akt activity was induced following the addition of phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate to Akt immunoprecipitates from serum-starved cells in vitro, These results identify Akt as a novel target of Pl 3-kinase and suggest that the Akt PH domain may be a mediator of Pl 3-kinase signaling.
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