Although keratinocytes are a major target of phorbol ester actions, the activity and the expression of the eight cloned protein kinase C (PKC) isoenzymes have not been studied in detail in human epidermis. Starting from normal human keratinocytes, we reconstituted in culture a mutilayered epithelial tissue which presents many hystological, biochemical, and molecular features of the authentic epidermis and we used it as a model to investigate the PKC activity and mRNA levels. We found that i) PKC activity is higher in differentiated than in non-differentiated cells; ii) the mRNA levels of PKCδ and -η L, while are differently affected by spontaneous keratinocyte differentiation, are down-regulated during phorbol esters-induced cell differentiation. Our findings could represent a basis to investigate the involvement of PKC isoforms in the keratinocyte differentiation process.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 15 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology