The role of protein kinase-C theta in control of epithelial to mesenchymal transition and cancer stem cell formation.

Anjum Zafar, Kristine Hardy, Fan Wu, Jasmine Li, Sudha Rao

Genomics Data | Published : 2015


The protein kinase C (PKC) activator phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) induces transition of the epithelial MCF-7 cell line to a mesenchymal phenotype. A subset of the resulting mesenchymal cells has surface markers characteristics of a cancer stem cell (CSC) population. We profiled the transcriptome changes associated with the epithelial to mesenchymal transition and those that occurred in the CSC subset. Using a siRNA knockdown strategy, we examined the extent to which these changes were dependent on the PKC family member, PKC-θ. The importance of the cytoplasmic signaling role of this kinase is well established and in this study, we have shown by PKC-θ ChIP-sequencing analysis that th..

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