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PRKCA (P17252) - Overview - Molecular Target Synopsis


PRKCA, Protein kinase C alpha type
Enzyme Classification
UniProt P17252


Calcium-activated, phospholipid- and diacylglycerol (DAG)-dependent serine/threonine-protein kinase that is involved in positive and negative regulation of cell proliferation, apoptosis, differentiation, migration and adhesion, tumorigenesis, cardiac hypertrophy, angiogenesis, platelet function and inflammation, by directly phosphorylating targets such as RAF1, BCL2, CSPG4, TNNT2/CTNT, or activating signaling cascade involving MAPK1/3 (ERK1/2) and RAP1GAP. Involved in cell proliferation and cell growth arrest by positive and negative regulation of the cell cycle. Can promote cell growth by phosphorylating and activating RAF1, which mediates the activation of the MAPK/ERK signaling cascade, and/or by up-regulating CDKN1A, which facilitates active cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) complex formation in glioma cells. In intestinal cells stimulated by the phorbol ester PMA, can trigger a cell cycle arrest program which is associated with the accumulation of the hyper-phosphorylated growth-suppressive form of RB1 and induction of the CDK inhibitors CDKN1A and CDKN1B. Exhibits anti-apoptotic function in glioma cells and protects them from apoptosis by suppressing the p53/TP53-mediated activation of IGFBP3, and in leukemia cells mediates anti-apoptotic action by phosphorylating BCL2. During macrophage differentiation induced by macrophage colony-stimulating factor (CSF1), is translocated to the nucleus and is associated with macrophage development. After wounding, translocates from focal contacts to lamellipodia and participates in the modulation of desmosomal adhesion. Plays a role in cell motility by phosphorylating CSPG4, which induces association of CSPG4 with extensive lamellipodia at the cell periphery and polarization of the cell accompanied by increases in cell motility. During chemokine-induced CD4(+) T cell migration, phosphorylates CDC42-guanine exchange factor DOCK8 resulting in its dissociation from LRCH1 and the activation of GTPase CDC42 (PubMed:28028151). Is highly expressed in a number of cancer cells where it can act as a tumor promoter and is implicated in malignant phenotypes of several tumors such as gliomas and breast cancers. Negatively regulates myocardial contractility and positively regulates angiogenesis, platelet aggregation and thrombus formation in arteries. Mediates hypertrophic growth of neonatal cardiomyocytes, in part through a MAPK1/3 (ERK1/2)-dependent signaling pathway, and upon PMA treatment, is required to induce cardiomyocyte hypertrophy up to heart failure and death, by increasing protein synthesis, protein-DNA ratio and cell surface area. Regulates cardiomyocyte function by phosphorylating cardiac troponin T (TNNT2/CTNT), which induces significant reduction in actomyosin ATPase activity, myofilament calcium sensitivity and myocardial contractility. In angiogenesis, is required for full endothelial cell migration, adhesion to vitronectin (VTN), and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA)-dependent regulation of kinase activation and vascular tube formation. Involved in the stabilization of VEGFA mRNA at post-transcriptional level and mediates VEGFA-induced cell proliferation. In the regulation of calcium-induced platelet aggregation, mediates signals from the CD36/GP4 receptor for granule release, and activates the integrin heterodimer ITGA2B-ITGB3 through the RAP1GAP pathway for adhesion. During response to lipopolysaccharides (LPS), may regulate selective LPS-induced macrophage functions involved in host defense and inflammation. But in some inflammatory responses, may negatively regulate NF-kappa-B-induced genes, through IL1A-dependent induction of NF-kappa-B inhibitor alpha (NFKBIA/IKBA). Upon stimulation with 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), phosphorylates EIF4G1, which modulates EIF4G1 binding to MKNK1 and may be involved in the regulation of EIF4E phosphorylation. Phosphorylates KIT, leading to inhibition of KIT activity. Phosphorylates ATF2 which promotes cooperation between Recruited in a circadian manner into a nuclear complex which also includes BMAL1 and RACK1 (By similarity). Interacts with ADAP1/CENTA1 (PubMed:12893243). Interacts with CSPG4 (PubMed:15504744). Binds to CAVIN2 in the presence of phosphatidylserine (By similarity). Interacts with PRKCABP/PICK1 (via PDZ domain) (PubMed:15247289). Interacts with TRIM41 (PubMed:17893151). Interacts with PARD3 (PubMed:27925688).

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Isoforms / Transcripts (Protein Coding)

Sub-cellular localization

UniProt: PRKCA is active in the following subcellular-locations: cell membrane, cytoplasm, mitochondrion membrane, nucleus.
GO terms: PRKCA is active in the following subcellular-locations: alphav-beta3 integrin-PKCalpha complex, cytoplasm, cytosol, endoplasmic reticulum, extracellular exosome, mitochondrial membrane, mitochondrion, nucleoplasm, perinuclear region of cytoplasm, plasma membrane.

GO terms

Gene Copy Number Variation

In COSMIC - Cell Lines Project PRKCA has gain in 5 cell-lines, loss in 0 cell-lines and no signal in 999 cell-lines. (see details)

Gene Expression

In NCI60, the highest expressing cell lines are: HOP_62, OVCAR_5, ACHN

In Array Express (RNA-seq of 675 commonly used human cancer cell lines), the highest expressing cell lines are: SCC-9, SK-MES-1, SK-N-FI

In Array Express (RNA-seq of long poly adenylated RNA and long non poly adenylated RNA from ENCODE cell lines), the highest expressing cell lines are: SK-N-SH, NHLF, HSMM

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RNA Interference

PRKCA was reported in the following RNAI studies:

Cell - Large Scale Profiling of Kinase Dependencies in Cancer Cell Lines, the highest RNAi cell lines are: PEO14, MCF7. (see details)

3D Structures

For PRKCA there are:
4 structures (6 chains) solved
2 are solved in complex with at least one small molecule ligand

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Molecular Target 3D Synopsis

Screening and Chemistry

PRKCA has been screened with 3753 compounds (5929 bioactivities), 558 compounds have bioactivities that show binding affinity of <= 500nM (764 bioactivities). (see details)