Psi-tectorigenin, an isoflavonoid, was isolated from a culture filtrate of actinomycetes as an inhibitor of epidermal growth factor-induced phosphatidylinositol turnover in cultured A431 cells. It inhibited phosphatidylinositol turnover with an IC50 of about 1 μg/ml; thus, its inhibitory activity was 6-times stronger than that of genistein or orobol. When added to cultured A431 cells psi-tectorigenin inhibited phosphatidylinositol turnover without inhibiting epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine protein kinase. Thus, psi-tectorigenin is a specific inhibitor of phosphatidylinositol turnover and may be a useful tool for the functional analysis of phosphatidylinositol turnover.
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