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Sci. Signal., 22 January 2013
Vol. 6, Issue 259, p. ra4
[DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.2003308]


Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase {gamma} Inhibits Cardiac GSK-3 Independently of Akt

Maradumane L. Mohan1, Babal K. Jha2, Manveen K. Gupta1, Neelakantan T. Vasudevan1, Elizabeth E. Martelli1, John David Mosinski1, and Sathyamangla V. Naga Prasad1*

1 Department of Molecular Cardiology, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.
2 Department of Cancer Biology, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.

Abstract: Activation of cardiac phosphoinositide 3-kinase α (PI3Kα) by growth factors, such as insulin, or activation of PI3K{gamma} downstream of heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide–binding protein (G protein)–coupled receptors stimulates the activity of the kinase Akt, which phosphorylates and inhibits glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3). We found that PI3K{gamma} inhibited GSK-3 independently of the insulin-PI3Kα-Akt axis. Although insulin treatment activated Akt in PI3K{gamma} knockout mice, phosphorylation of GSK-3 was decreased compared to control mice. GSK-3 is activated when dephosphorylated by the protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A), which is activated when methylated by the PP2A methyltransferase PPMT-1. PI3K{gamma} knockout mice showed increased activity of PPMT-1 and PP2A and enhanced nuclear export of the GSK-3 substrate NFATc3. GSK-3 inhibits cardiac hypertrophy, and the hearts of PI3K{gamma} knockout mice were smaller compared to those of wild-type mice. Cardiac overexpression of a catalytically inactive PI3K{gamma} (PI3K{gamma}inact) transgene in PI3K{gamma} knockout mice reduced the activities of PPMT-1 and PP2A and increased phosphorylation of GSK-3. Furthermore, PI3K{gamma} knockout mice expressing the PI3K{gamma}inact transgene had larger hearts than wild-type or PI3K{gamma} knockout mice. Our studies show that a kinase-independent function of PI3K{gamma} could directly inhibit GSK-3 function by preventing the PP2A–PPMT-1 interaction and that this inhibition of GSK-3 was independent of Akt.

* To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: prasads2{at}

Citation: M. L. Mohan, B. K. Jha, M. K. Gupta, N. T. Vasudevan, E. E. Martelli, J. D. Mosinski, S. V. Naga Prasad, Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase {gamma} Inhibits Cardiac GSK-3 Independently of Akt. Sci. Signal. 6, ra4 (2013).

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PNAS 110, 18862-18867
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