Author(s): Obara S, Nakata M, Takeshima H, Katagiri H, Asano T,
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Abstract We report the increased activity and expression of the ILK protein in human glioblastomas and demonstrate that ILK activity is regulated by PTEN. The transfection of wild type-PTEN into the glioblastoma cell line U-251 MG altered the localization of ILK in the cell membrane; transfection with PTEN down-regulated PKB/Akt-Ser-473 phosphorylation via the inhibition of ILK-signaling. Our results suggest that ILK is critical for the PTEN-sensitive regulation of PKB/Akt-dependent cell survival. The selective COX-2 inhibitor NS-398 was found capable of down-regulating ILK and PKB/Akt phosphorylation. Our data indicate that inhibition of ILK signaling may be beneficial in the treatment of PTEN-deficient glioblastoma.
This article was published in Cancer Lett
and referenced in Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy