Protein kinase B
human, recombinant, Sf9 insect cells
For in vitro use only!
Shipping: shipped on dry ice
Storage Conditions: store at -80 °C
avoid freeze/thaw cycles
Shelf Life: 12 months
Molecular Weight: 60.4 kDa
Accession number: NM_001626
Accession number: NM_001626
Purity: > 95 % (SDS-PAGE)
Form: liquid (Supplied in 50 mM Tris-HCl pH 8.5, 100 mM NaCl, 1 mM DTT and 50% glycerol)
Activity: > 5,000 U/mg (1 Unit is defined as 1 picomole phosphate transferred to synthetic peptide RPRAATF (cat.# PE-200) per min at 30 °C) N-terminal His-tagged full-length protein.
Protein kinase B or Akt (PKB/Akt) is a serine/threonine kinase, which in mammals comprises three highly homologous members known as PKBα (Akt1), PKBβ (Akt2), and PKBγ (Akt3). PKB/Akt is activated in cells exposed to diverse stimuli such as hormones, growth factors, and extracellular matrix components. The Thr-308 residue in the kinase domain and Ser-473 residue in the tail domain of Akt1 need to be phosphorylated by 3-phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase-1 (PDK1) and 3-phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase-2 (PDK2), respectively, for its maximal activation. The corresponding phosphorylation sites in Akt2 (Thr-309 and Ser-474) and Akt3 (Thr-305 and Ser- 472) have been identified, and Akt2 and Akt3 appear also to be regulated by PDK1 and PDK2. A limited number of studies of the expression pattern of the three Akt isoforms reveal Akt1 and Akt2 are ubiquitous, whereas Akt3 is expressed predominantly in brain, heart, and kidney. The activation mechanism remains to be fully characterised but occurs downstream of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI-3K). PI-3K generates phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5 trisphosphate (PIP(3)), lipid second messenger essential for the translocation of PKB/Akt to the plasma membrane where it is phosphorylated and activated by phosphoinositidedependent kinase-1 (PDK-1) and possibly other kinases. PKB/Akt phosphorylates and regulates the function of many cellular proteins involved in processes that include metabolism, apoptosis, and proliferation. Recent evidence indicates that PKB/Akt is frequently constitutively active in many types of human cancer. The recombinant human Akt2 kinase (PKB) was expressed in Sf9 insect cells and purified by Ni-NTA agarose chromatography. It is suitable for labeling Akt2 kinase substrates. The sequence based calculated molecular weight is 60.4 kDa.
Hixon et al. (2000) Akt1/PKB upregulation leads to vascular smooth muscle cell hypertrophy and polyploidization. J. Clin. Invest. 106:1011.
Nicholson et al. (2002) The protein kinase B/Akt signalling pathway in human malignancy. Cell Signal. 14:381.
Bellacosta et al. (2004) A portrait of AKT kinases: human cancer and animal models depict a family with stron individualities. Cancer Biol. Ther. 3:268.