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The Wnt/beta-catenin signaling pathway plays important roles in cell differentiation. Activation of this pathway, likely by Wnt-10b, has been shown to inhibit adipogenesis in cultured 3T3-L1 preadipocytes and mice. Here we revealed that bisindoylmaleimide I (BIM), which is widely used as a specific inhibitor of protein kinase C (PKC), inhibits adipocyte differentiation through activation of the Wnt/beta-catenin signaling pathway. BIM increased beta-catenin responsive transcription (CRT) and up-regulated intracellular beta-catenin levels in HEK293 cells and 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. BIM significantly decreased intracellular lipid accumulation and reduced expression of important adipocyte marker genes including peroxisome-proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARgamma) and CAATT enhancer-binding protein alpha (C/EBPalpha) in 3T3-L1 preadipocytes. Taken together, our findings indicate that BIM inhibits adipogenesis by increasing the stability of beta-catenin protein in 3T3-L1 preadipocyte cells.


Munju Cho, Seoyoung Park, Jungsug Gwak, Dong-Eun Kim, Sung Su Yea, Jae-Gook Shin, Sangtaek Oh. Bisindoylmaleimide I suppresses adipocyte differentiation through stabilization of intracellular beta-catenin protein. Biochemical and biophysical research communications. 2008 Feb 29;367(1):195-200

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