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Western blot analysis of extracts from HeLa cells, untransfected or transfected with either GSK-3alpha/beta siRNA #6301 or GSK-3alpha siRNA. GSK-3alpha and GSK-3beta were detected using a GSK-3alpha/beta antibody, and eIF4B was detected using eIF4B Antibody #3592. The GSK-3alpha/beta antibody confirms silencing of GSK-3alpha and beta expression, and the eIF4B Antibody is used to control for loading and siRNA specificity.

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Fluorescent detection of SignalSilence® Control siRNA (Fluorescein Conjugate) #6201 in living HeLa cells 24 hours post-transfection, demonstrating nearly 100% transfection efficiency.

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CST recommends transfection with 100 nM GSK-3α siRNA 48-72 hours prior to cell lysis.


Storage: SignalSilence® siRNA is supplied in RNAse-free water. Aliquot and store at -20ºC.

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SignalSilence® GSK-3α siRNA I from Cell Signaling Technology allows the researcher to specifically inhibit GSK-3α expression using RNA interference, a method in which gene expression can be selectively silenced through the delivery of double stranded RNA molecules into the cell. All SignalSilence® siRNA products are rigorously tested in-house and have been shown to reduce protein expression in specified cell lines.


Glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) was initially identified as an enzyme that regulates glycogen synthesis in response to insulin (1). GSK-3 is a ubiquitously expressed serine/threonine protein kinase that phosphorylates and inactivates glycogen synthase. GSK-3 is a critical downstream element of the PI3K/Akt cell survival pathway whose activity can be inhibited by Akt-mediated phosphorylation at Ser21 of GSK-3α and Ser9 of GSK-3β (2,3). GSK-3 has been implicated in the regulation of cell fate in Dictyostelium and is a component of the Wnt signaling pathway required for Drosophila, Xenopus, and mammalian development (4). GSK-3 has been shown to regulate cyclin D1 proteolysis and subcellular localization (5).


Small Interfering RNA (siRNA) has been used to specifically silence GSK-3α expression, causing an upregulation of β-catenin protein levels (6).


1.  Welsh, G.I. et al. (1996) Trends Cell Biol 6, 274-9.

2.  Srivastava, A.K. and Pandey, S.K. (1998) Mol Cell Biochem 182, 135-41.

3.  Cross, D.A. et al. (1995) Nature 378, 785-9.

4.  Nusse, R. (1997) Cell 89, 321-3.

5.  Diehl, J.A. et al. (1998) Genes Dev 12, 3499-511.

6.  Yu, J. Y. et al. (2003) Mol. Ther. 7, 228-236.


Entrez-Gene Id 2931
Swiss-Prot Acc. P49840


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Cell Signaling Technology® is a trademark of Cell Signaling Technology, Inc.
SignalSilence® is a trademark of Cell Signaling Technology, Inc.
Limited Use Label License, RNA interference: This product is licensed under European Patent 1144623 and foreign equivalents from Ribopharma AG, Kulmbach, Germany and is provided only for use in non-commercial research specifically excluding use (a) in drug discovery or drug development, including target identification or target validation, by or on behalf of a commercial entity, (b) for contract research or commercial screening services, (c) for the production or manufacture of siRNA-related products for sale, or (d) for the generation of commercial databases for sale to Third Parties. Information about licenses for these and other commercial uses is available from Ribopharma AG, Fritz-Hornschuch-Str. 9, D-95326 Kulmbach, Germany.