The mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway can inhibit TRAIL-induced apoptosis by prohibiting association of truncated Bid with mitochondria

Ortiz-Ferrón, G., Tait, S.W.G. , Robledo, G., de Vries, E., Borst, J. and López-Rivas, A. (2006) The mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway can inhibit TRAIL-induced apoptosis by prohibiting association of truncated Bid with mitochondria. Cell Death and Differentiation, 13(11), pp. 1857-1865. (doi:10.1038/sj.cdd.4401875)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.cdd.4401875

Abstract

Breast cancer cells often show increased activity of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. We report here that this pathway reduces their sensitivity to death ligand tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) and present the underlying mechanism. Activation of protein kinase C (PKC) inhibited TRAIL-induced apoptosis in a protein synthesis-independent manner. Deliberate activation of MAPK was also inhibitory. In digitonin-permeabilized cells, PKC activation interfered with the capacity of recombinant truncated (t)Bid to release cytochrome c from mitochondria. MAPK activation did not affect TRAIL or tumor necrosis factor (TNF)alpha-induced Bid cleavage. However, it did inhibit translocation of (t)Bid to mitochondria as determined both by subcellular fractionation analysis and confocal microscopy. Steady state tBid mitochondrial localization was prohibited by activation of the MAPK pathway, also when the Bcl-2 homology domain 3 (BH3) domain of tBid was disrupted. We conclude that the MAPK pathway inhibits TRAIL-induced apoptosis in MCF-7 cells by prohibiting anchoring of tBid to the mitochondrial membrane. This anchoring is independent of its interaction with resident Bcl-2 family members.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tait, Professor Stephen
Authors: Ortiz-Ferrón, G., Tait, S.W.G., Robledo, G., de Vries, E., Borst, J., and López-Rivas, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:Cell Death and Differentiation
ISSN:1350-9047
ISSN (Online):1476-5403
Published Online:17 February 2006

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