Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3 - An Overview of An Over-Achieving Protein Kinase

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Current drug targets (Impact Factor: 3.02). 12/2006; 7(11):1377-88. DOI: 10.2174/1389450110607011377
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Glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) has attracted much scrutiny due to its plethora of cellular functions, novel mechanisms of regulation and its potential as a therapeutic target for several common diseases. In mammals, GSK-3 is encoded by two genes, termed GSK-3alpha and GSK-3beta, that yield related but distinct protein-serine kinases. GSK-3 is unusual in that its protein kinase activity tends to be high in resting cells and cellular stimuli, such as hormones and growth factors, result in its catalytic inactivation. Further, many of the substrate proteins of GSK-3 are functionally inhibited by phosphorylation. Thus, signals that inhibit GSK-3 often cause activation of its diverse array of target proteins. Regulation of GSK-3 is important for normal development, regulation of metabolism, neuronal growth and differentiation and modulation of cell death. Dysregulation of GSK-3 activity has been implicated in human pathologies such as neurodegenerative diseases and type-2 diabetes. In this introductory chapter we provide a primer on the modes of GSK-3 regulation and a description of the various signaling pathways and cellular processes in which GSK-3 is an active participant.

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    • "A number of human diseases are connected to dysfunctions of GSK-3 (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer) [46] [47] [48] [49] [50] [51] [52] [53]. The diversity of GSK-3 functions led to speculations about possible physiological roles of PfGSK-3, including metabolism regulation, cell cycle control and differentiation processes [54] [55]. "
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    • "Several publications revealed that GSK3β is involved in neurodegenerative diseases (Frame and Cohen 2001, Kockeritz et al. 2006; Muyllaert et al. 2006, 2008; Hooper et al. 2008; Terwel et al. 2008; Lei et al. 2011; Jacobs et al. 2012). Lovestone et al. (2007) described that dysregulation of GSK3β is one of the causative factors of schizophrenia. "
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    • "GSK3β is a highly activated serine/threonine kinase in resting cells with normal metabolism [7]. Besides its influence on the glycogen synthesis GSK3β is involved in Wnt/β-catenin and Phosphatidylinositole 3 kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling antagonizing cell growth and cell cycle progression in both pathways. "
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