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Activation of PKC through GPCR

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PKC (Protein Kinase-C) is a cyclic nucleotide-independent enzyme that phosphorylates serine and threonine residues in many target proteins. PKC plays a pivotal role in mediating cellular responses to extracellular stimuli involved in proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, and exocytotic release in a number of non-neuronal systems such as Islet cells, Chromaffin cells and Paramecium. PKC has also been implicated in phosphorylation of several neuronal proteins, which are thought to regulate neurotransmitter release and establish long-term potentiation in memory formation. PKC is not a single enzyme but a family of serine/threonine kinases. At least eleven closely related PKC isozymes have been reported that differ in their structure, biochemical properties, tissue distribution, subcellular localization, and substrate specificity. The PKC family has been divided into [...]


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