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Crowder RN, Dicker DT, El-Deiry WS
The Deubiquitinase Inhibitor PR-619 Sensitizes Normal Human Fibroblasts to Tumor Necrosis Factor-related Apoptosis-inducing Ligand (TRAIL)-mediated Cell Death
J Biol Chem (2016) 291:5960-70.
TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a potential cancer therapy that selectively targets cancer cell death while non-malignant cells remain viable. Using a panel of normal human fibroblasts, we characterized molecular differences in human foreskin fibroblasts and WI-38 TRAIL-resistant cells and marginally sensitive MRC-5 cells compared with TRAIL-sensitive human lung and colon cancer cells. We identified decreased caspase-8 protein expression and protein stability in normal fibroblasts compared with cancer cells. Additionally, normal fibroblasts had incomplete TRAIL-induced caspase-8 activation compared with cancer cells. We found that normal fibroblasts lack the ubiquitin modification of caspase-8 required for complete caspase-8 activation. Treatment with the deubiquitinase inhibitor PR-619 increased caspase-8 ubiquitination and caspase-8 enzymatic activity and sensitized normal fibroblasts to TRAIL-mediated apoptosis. Therefore, posttranslational regulation of caspase-8 confers resistance to TRAIL-induced cell death in normal cells through blockade of initiation of the extrinsic cell death pathway.
Publication Date: 2016-03-11.
PMCID: PMC4786729
Last updated on Tuesday, August 11, 2020