Gene expression profile in JNK3 null mice: a novel specific activation of the PI3K/AKT pathway

Junyent, Felix; de Lemos, Luisa; Verdaguer, Ester; Folch, Jaume; Ferrer, Isidre; Ortuno-Sahagun, Daniel; Beas-Zarate, Carlos; Romero, Rafael; Pallas, Merce; Auladell, Carme; Camins, Antoni


P>JNK3 is mainly expressed in the CNS and it plays a crucial role in neuronal death in several neurodegenerative diseases. By contrast, the isoforms JNK1 and JNK2 seem to be involved in brain development. The lack of Jnk3 confers neuroprotection, although mechanisms responsible are unknown. The present study analyzes the gene expression profile in hippocampus from mice lacking Jnk3 in comparison to wild-type mice. The microarray analysis showed that 22 genes are differentially expressed (z-score > 2 in two independent arrays) in Jnk3 null mice. Among these, we focused on pi3kcb, as it is directly related to the prosurvival phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT pathway. Results from Jnk3 null mice showed an increase in pik3cb transcript and protein, together with an increase in PI3K activity and phosphorylation of AKT. By contrast, these changes were not observed in Jnk1 null mice, which do not present neuroresistance to certain neurodegenerative insults. Therefore, our results indicate that the activation of PI3K/AKT pathway in hippocampus because of the increase in pik3cb transcription and that this mechanism is specifically related to the lack of Jnk3.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000289148100006 Not found in local WOS DB
Volumen: 117
Número: 2
Editorial: Wiley
Fecha de publicación: 2011
Página de inicio: 244
Página final: 252


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