Nuclear and mitochondrial signalling Akts in cardiomyocytes

Cardiovasc Res. 2009 May 1;82(2):272-85. doi: 10.1093/cvr/cvp087. Epub 2009 Mar 11.


Biological actions resulting from phosphoinositide synthesis trigger multiple downstream signalling cascades by recruiting proteins with pleckstrin homology domains, including phosphoinositide-dependent kinase-1 and protein kinase B (also known as Akt). Retrospectively, more attention has been focused on the plasma membrane-associated interactions of these molecules and resulting cytoplasmic target activation. The complex biological activities exerted by Akt activation suggest, however, that more subtle and complex subcellular control mechanisms are involved. This review examines the regulation of Akt activity from the perspective of subcellular compartmentalization and focuses specifically upon the actions of Akt activation downstream from phosphoinositide synthesis that influence cell biology by altering nuclear signalling leading to Pim-1 kinase induction as well as hexokinase phosphorylation that, together with Akt, serves to preserve mitochondrial integrity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Nucleus / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mitochondria, Heart / physiology*
  • Models, Animal
  • Myocytes, Cardiac / pathology
  • Myocytes, Cardiac / physiology
  • Phosphatidylinositols / physiology
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt / physiology*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-pim-1 / physiology
  • Rats
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*


  • Phosphatidylinositols
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-pim-1