Protein kinases C are a family of serine threonine protein kinases that play key roles in extracellular signal transduction. Inappropriate activation of protein kinase C has been implicated in the pathophysiology of many diseases, including diabetes mellitus. Indeed, protein kinase C activation may contribute not only to the pathogenesis of diabetic complications such as nephropathy and retinopathy, but also to insulin resistance. Growing awareness that protein kinase C isoforms subserve specific subcellular functions has led to the development of isoform-specific inhibitors, which may be useful investigational tools and therapeutic agents for attenuating the effects of inappropriate protein kinase C activity. Here we review the role played by protein kinases C in diabetic nephropathy and the recent progress that has been made to modulate its activity using specific inhibitors. Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens 7:563-570. (C) 1998 Lippincott Wiiliams & Wilkins.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine