Protein Kinase D Signaling: Multiple Biological Functions in Health and Disease

Enrique Rozengurt

Abstract

Protein kinase D (PKD) is an evolutionarily conserved protein kinase family with structural, enzymological, and regulatory properties different from the PKC family members. Signaling through PKD is induced by a remarkable number of stimuli, including G-protein-coupled receptor agonists and polypeptide growth factors. PKD1, the most studied member of the family, is increasingly implicated in the regulation of a complex array of fundamental biological processes, including signal transduction, cell proliferation and differentiation, membrane trafficking, secretion, immune regulation, cardiac hypertrophy and contraction, angiogenesis, and cancer. PKD mediates such a diverse array of normal and abnormal biological functions via dynamic changes in its spatial and temporal localization, combined with its distinct substrate specificity. Studies on PKD thus far indicate a striking diversity of both its signal generation and distribution and its potential for complex regulatory interactions with multiple downstream pathways, often regulating the subcellular localization of its targets.

Footnotes

  • Studies from the laboratory of E. Rozengurt are supported in part by National Institutes of Health Grants R01 DK-55003, R01 DK-56930, R21 CA-137292, and P30 DK-41301. E. Rozengurt holds the Hirshberg Chair of Pancreatic Cancer Research.

  • No conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise, are declared by the author(s).

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