Involvement of caspase-2 activation in aurora kinase inhibitor-induced cell death in axin-expressing L929 cells

Eun Jin Choi, Shi Mun Kim, Jee Hye Shin, Sewon Kim, Ki-Joon Song, Sun-Ho Kee

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Axin is a multifunctional protein that participates in many cellular events including Wnt signaling and cell fate determination. Aurora kinase inhibitor (AKI)-induced cell death and cell membrane rupture is facilitated in L929 cells expressing axin (L-axin cells) through the activation of poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP). We observed that caspase-2 activity is required for AKI-induced cell death. Inhibition of caspase-2 activity suppressed AKI-induced PARP activation and mitochondrial dysfunction, resulting in a decrease in AKI-induced cell death. When an axin mutant deleted for the glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β)-binding domain was expressed in L929 cells (L-ΔGSK cells), AKI-induced caspase-2 activation and cell death decreased. AKI treatment reduced the expression of a 32-kDa caspase-2 splicing variant (caspase-2S) in most L-axin cells, but not in L-ΔGSK cells. These results suggest that AKI-induced caspase-2 activation in L-axin cells might be due to a decrease in the expression of caspase-2S, which inhibits caspase-2 activity. In addition, AKI treatment failed to activate caspase-8 and treatment with necrostatin inhibited AKI-induced cell death in L-axin cells, suggesting that the absence of caspase-8 activation might favor necrotic cell death. Axin expression may facilitate AKI-induced caspase-2 activation followed by activation of PARP and initiation of the necrotic cell death pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-667
Number of pages11
JournalApoptosis
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

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Aurora Kinases
Caspase 2
Cell death
Cell Death
Chemical activation
Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerases
Caspase 8
Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3
Cell membranes
Rupture

Keywords

  • Aurora kinase
  • Axin
  • Caspase-2
  • Wnt signaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Cancer Research
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology

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Involvement of caspase-2 activation in aurora kinase inhibitor-induced cell death in axin-expressing L929 cells. / Choi, Eun Jin; Kim, Shi Mun; Shin, Jee Hye; Kim, Sewon; Song, Ki-Joon; Kee, Sun-Ho.

In: Apoptosis, Vol. 19, No. 4, 01.01.2014, p. 657-667.

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Choi, Eun Jin ; Kim, Shi Mun ; Shin, Jee Hye ; Kim, Sewon ; Song, Ki-Joon ; Kee, Sun-Ho. / Involvement of caspase-2 activation in aurora kinase inhibitor-induced cell death in axin-expressing L929 cells. In: Apoptosis. 2014 ; Vol. 19, No. 4. pp. 657-667.
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