AKT also known as protein kinase B (PKB) or RAS-alpha, is an ubiquitous serine/threonine kinase that plays an important role in diverse biological responses such as regulation of metabolism, cell survival and growth by phosphorylating multiple proteins. This protein kinase is activated by insulin, PI3K, IGF1 and various other growth and survival factors. Akt promotes cell survival by inhibiting apoptosis through phosphorylation and inactivation of several targets, including forkhead transcription factors, and caspase-9. The AKT pathway is a major target for cancer drug discovery.
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Protein Aliases: AKT1 kinase; AKT1m; Akt1m protein; C-AKT; CAKT; murine thymoma viral (v-akt) oncogene homolog 1; PKB; PKB alpha; PKBG; Protein kinase B; Protein kinase B alpha; protein kinase B-alpha; Proto-oncogene c-Akt; rac protein kinase alpha; RAC protein kinase alpha RAC-PK alpha; RAC-alpha serine/threonine-protein kinase; RAC-PK-alpha; related to A and C kinases; serine-threonine protein kinase; Thymoma viral proto-oncogene; thymoma viral proto-oncogene 1; v-akt murine thymoma viral oncogene homolog 1; v-akt murine thymoma viral oncogene-like protein 1
Gene Aliases: AKT; AKT1; CWS6; PKB; PKB-ALPHA; PKB/Akt; PKBalpha; PRKBA; RAC; RAC-ALPHA
Molecular Function: non-receptor serine/threonine protein kinase