The protein encoded by this gene is a member of the AKT, also called PKB, serine/threonine protein kinase family. AKT kinases are known to be regulators of cell signaling in response to insulin and growth factors. They are involved in a wide variety of biological processes including cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, tumorigenesis, as well as glycogen synthesis and glucose uptake. This kinase has been shown to be stimulated by platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), insulin, and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1). Alternatively splice transcript variants encoding distinct isoforms have been described.
AKT3; v-akt murine thymoma viral oncogene homolog 3 (protein kinase B, gamma); PKBG; PRKBG; STK-2; PKB-GAMMA; RAC-gamma; RAC-PK-gamma; DKFZp434N0250; RAC-gamma serine/threonine-protein kinase; PKB gamma; OTTHUMP00000037911; OTTHUMP00000037912; protein kinase Akt-3; protein kinase B gamma; serine threonine protein kinase, Akt-3; RAC gamma; RAC-gamma serine/threonine protein kinase