PKCε induces Bcl-2 by activating CREB

Eswar Shankar, Soumya Krishnamurthy, Rajiv Paranandi, Alakananda Basu

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Abstract

Protein kinase C epsilon (PKCε) is a transforming oncogene and an important anti-apoptotic protein. We previously demonstrated that overexpression of PKCε in MCF-7 breast cancer cells caused an increase in anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 and a decrease in pro-apoptotic Bid, attenuating tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL)-mediated apoptosis. The objective of our present study was to determine the mode of induction of Bcl-2 by PKCε in breast cancer cells. siRNA silencing of either PKCε or Akt in MCF-7 cells, which overexpress Akt, decreased Bcl-2 protein and mRNA levels. However, knockdown of PKCε, but not Akt, led to the decrease in Bcl-2 at both protein and mRNA levels in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells, which overexpress PKCε but contain little constitutively-active Akt. Knockdown of PKCε decreased phosphorylation of cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) at Ser133 in MDA-MB-231 cells, and depletion of CREB by siRNA decreased Bcl-2 at both the protein and mRNA levels. In addition, knockdown of CREB sensitized MDA-MB-231 cells to TRAIL-mediated cell death. These results suggest that PKCε regulates Bcl-2 induction through activation of the transcription factor CREB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)883-888
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Oncology
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2010

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Protein Kinase C-epsilon
Cyclic AMP Response Element-Binding Protein
Breast Neoplasms
Messenger RNA
Small Interfering RNA
TNF-Related Apoptosis-Inducing Ligand
Apoptosis
Apoptosis Regulatory Proteins
Proteins
MCF-7 Cells
Oncogenes
Cell Death
Transcription Factors
Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
Phosphorylation
Ligands

Keywords

  • Akt
  • Bcl-2
  • Breast cancer
  • cAMP response element-binding protein
  • Cell death
  • Protein kinase Cε

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Shankar, Eswar ; Krishnamurthy, Soumya ; Paranandi, Rajiv ; Basu, Alakananda. / PKCε induces Bcl-2 by activating CREB. In: International Journal of Oncology. 2010 ; Vol. 36, No. 4. pp. 883-888.
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Shankar, E, Krishnamurthy, S, Paranandi, R & Basu, A 2010, 'PKCε induces Bcl-2 by activating CREB', International Journal of Oncology, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 883-888. https://doi.org/10.3892/ijo-00000566

PKCε induces Bcl-2 by activating CREB. / Shankar, Eswar; Krishnamurthy, Soumya; Paranandi, Rajiv; Basu, Alakananda.

In: International Journal of Oncology, Vol. 36, No. 4, 01.04.2010, p. 883-888.

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