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Small compounds that activate the insulin-dependent signaling pathway have potential therapeutic applications in controlling insulin-independent diabetes mellitus. In this study, we investigated whether soybean isoflavones could induce the expression of SHARP-2, a downstream component of insulin-dependent signaling pathway, associated with the regulation of blood glucose. One such compound called genistein, rapidly and temporarily induced SHARP-2 mRNA levels in a dose-dependent manner in rat H4IIE hepatoma cells. This induction process was rapidly stimulated by a protein kinase C (PKC) activator and blocked by a PKC inhibitor, suggesting that SHARP-2 may be induced via PKC activation. Upon Western blot analysis, genistein showed a stimulation of PKC phosphorylation. Therefore, we concluded that genistein might transcriptionally induce SHARP-2 through the activation of PKC in H4IIE cells. Our results suggest that genistein might be a useful dietary supplement to control insulin-independent diabetes mellitus by inducing the SHARP-2 expression via a bypass of the insulin-dependent signaling pathway.