Nuclear expression of β-catenin promotes RB stability and resistance to TNF-induced apoptosis in colon cancer cells

Jinbo Han, Rossana C. Soletti, Anil Sadarangani, Priya Sridevi, Michael E. Ramirez, Lars Eckmann, Helena L. Borges, Jean Y.J. Wang*

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Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α promotes tumor development under chronic inflammation. Because TNF also activates caspase-8, selective inhibition of TNF-induced extrinsic apoptosis would be required for inflammationassociated tumor growth. In a mouse model of inflammation-associated colon carcinogenesis, we found nuclear expression of β-catenin in tumors of wild-type, but not mutant, mice that were made resistant to TNF-induced apoptosis by a germline mutation blocking caspase cleavage of the retinoblastoma (RB) protein, despite similar frequencies of β-catenin exon-3 mutations in these two genetic backgrounds. TNF-induced apoptosis was also attenuated in human colon cancer cell lines with genetically activated β-catenin. However, we found that HCT116 cells, which contain an activated allele of β-catenin but do not express nuclear β-catenin, were sensitive to TNFinduced apoptosis. In HCT116 cells, TNF stimulated efficient RB cleavage that preceded chromatin condensation. In contrast, TNF did not induce RB cleavage in colon cancer cells expressing nuclear β-catenin and these cells could be sensitized to basal and/or TNF-induced apoptosis by the knockdown of β-catenin or RB. In the apoptosisresistant colon cancer cells, knockdown of β-catenin led to a reduction in the RB protein without affecting RB mRNA.Furthermore, ectopic expression of the caspase-resistant, but not the wild-type,RBre-established resistance to TNF-induced caspase activation in colon cancer cells without β-catenin. Together, these results suggest that nuclear β-catenin-dependent RB stabilization suppresses TNF-induced apoptosis in caspase-8-positive colon cancer cells. ©2012 AACR.
Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)207-218
Número de páginas12
PublicaciónMolecular Cancer Research
EstadoPublicada - mar. 2013
Publicado de forma externa

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Palabras clave

  • Animals
  • Apoptosis
  • beta Catenin
  • Caspase 8
  • Cell Nucleus
  • Colonic Neoplasms
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Neoplastic
  • Gene Knockdown Techniques
  • HCT116 Cells
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Retinoblastoma Protein
  • Signal Transduction
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha


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