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Title 

Reactive oxygen species-mediated activation of the Akt/ASK1/p38 signaling cascade and p21Cip1 downregulation are required for shikonin-induced apoptosis

 

shikonin에 의해 유도되는 세포사멸 기전에서의 AKT/ASK1/p38 신호전달 체계의 역할 규명

Authors 

Jiwon AhnMi Sun WonJ H ChoiYong Sung KimCho-Rok JungDong-Soo ImM L KyunK LeeK B SongKyung-Sook Chung

Publisher 

Springer Verlag (Germany)

Issue Date 

2013

Citation 

Apoptosis, vol. 18, no. 7, pp. 870-881

Keywords 

AktASK1Negative regulatorp21Cip1Shikonin-induced apoptosis

Abstract 

Shikonin derivatives exert powerful cytotoxic effects, induce apoptosis and escape multidrug resistance in cancer. However, the diverse mechanisms underlying their anticancer activities are not completely understood. Here, we demonstrated that shikonin-induced apoptosis is caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS)-mediated activation of Akt/ASK1/p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and downregulation of p21Cip1. In the presence of shikonin, inactivation of Akt caused apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1) dephosphorylation at Ser83, which is associated with ASK1 activation. Shikonin-induced apoptosis was enhanced by inhibition of Akt, whereas overexpression of constitutively active Akt prevented apoptosis through modulating ASK1 phosphorylation. Silencing ASK1 and MKK3/6 by siRNA reduced the activation of MAPK kinases (MKK) 3/6 and p38 MAPK, and apoptosis, respectively. Antioxidant N-acetyl cysteine attenuated ASK1 dephosphorylation and p38 MAPK activation, indicating that shikonin-induced ROS is involved in the activation of Akt/ASK1/p38 pathway. Expression of p21Cip1 was significantly induced in early response, but gradually decreased by prolonged exposure to shikonin. Overexpression of p21Cip1 have kept cells longer in G1 phase and attenuated shikonin-induced apoptosis. Depletion of p21Cip1 facilitated shikonin-induced apoptosis, implying that p21Cip1 delayed shikonin-induced apoptosis via G1 arrest. Immunohistochemistry and in vitro binding assays showed transiently altered localization of p21 Cip1 to the cytoplasm by shikonin, which was blocked by Akt inhibition. The cytoplasmic p21Cip1 actually binds to and inhibits the activity of ASK1, regulating the cell cycle progression at G1. These findings suggest that shikonin-induced ROS activated ASK1 by decreasing Ser83 phosphorylation and by dissociation of the negative regulator p21 Cip1, leading to p38 MAPK activation, and finally, promoting apoptosis.

ISSN 

1360-8185

Link 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10495-013-0835-5

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2019-05-02


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