Insulin-like Growth Factor-mediated Muscle Differentiation: Collaboration between phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-Akt-signaling pathways and myogenin

Jolana Tureckova, Elizabeth M. Wilson, Jennifer L. Cappalonga, Peter Rotwein

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The differentiation and maturation of skeletal muscle require interactions between signaling pathways activated by hormones and growth factors and an intrinsic regulatory network controlled by myogenic transcription factors. Insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) play key roles in muscle development in the embryo and in regeneration in the adult. To study mechanisms of IGF action in muscle, we developed a myogenic cell line that overexpresses IGF-binding protein-5. C2BP5 cells remain quiescent in low serum differentiation medium until the addition of IGF-I. Here we use this cell line to identify signaling pathways controlling IGF-mediated differentiation. Induction of myogenin by IGF-I and myotube formation were prevented by the phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3-kinase inhibitor, LY294002, even when included 2 days after growth factor addition, whereas expression of active PI 3-kinase could promote differentiation in the absence of IGF-I. Differentiation also was induced by myogenin but was blocked by LY294002. The differentiation-promoting effects of IGF-I were mimicked by a modified membrane-targeted inducible Akt-1 (iAkt), and iAkt was able to stimulate differentiation of C2 myoblasts and primary mouse myoblasts incubated with otherwise inhibitory concentrations of LY294002. These results show that an IGF-regulated PI 3-kinase-Akt pathway controls muscle differentiation by mechanisms acting both upstream and downstream of myogenin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39264-39270
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - Oct 19 2001


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  • Biochemistry

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