c-Jun is a major constituent of AP-1 transcription factor that transduces multiple mitogen growth signals, and it is frequently overexpressed in non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs). Earlier, we showed that blocking AP-1 by the overexpression of a c-Jun dominant-negative mutant, TAM67, inhibited NSCLC cell growth. The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signal transduction pathway is important in transformation, proliferation, survival and metastasis of NSCLC cells. In this study, we used NCI-H1299 Tet-on clone cells that express TAM67 under the control of inducible promoter to determine the effects of inhibition of AP-1 and PI3K on cell growth. The PI3K inhibitor, LY294002, produced a dose-dependent inhibition of growth in H1299 cells and that inhibition was enhanced by TAM67. TAM67 increased dephosphorylation of Akt induced by LY294002 and reduced the TPA response element DNA-binding of phosphorylated c-Jun. TAM67 increased G1 cell cycle blockade induced by LY294002, which was partially associated with cyclin A decrease and p27 Kip1 accumulation. Furthermore, TAM67 and LY294002 act, at least additively, to inhibit anchorage-independent growth of the H1299 cells. These results suggest that AP-1 and PI3K/Akt pathways play an essential role in the growth of some NSCLC cells. © 2008 Cancer Research.