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Closed Access item Induction of apoptosis in leukemic cells by the reversible microtubule-disrupting agent 2-methoxy-5-(2', 3', 4'-trimethoxyphenyl)-2, 4, 6- cycloheptatrien-1-one: Protection by bcl-2 and bcl-x (L) and cell cycle arrest

Authors:Gajate, Consuelo
Barasoain, Isabel
Andreu Morales, José Manuel
Mollinedo, Faustino
Issue Date:2000
Publisher:American Association for Cancer Research
Citation:Cancer Research 60: 2651-2659 (2000)
Abstract:We have found that the bicyclic colchicine analogue 2-methoxy-5- (2',3',4'-trimethoxyphenyl)-2,4,6-cycloheptatrien-1-one (MTC) induced a dose- and time-dependent apoptotic response in human leukemic cells. MTC and colchicine rapidly disrupted the microtubule integrity and arrested cells at the G2-M phase before the onset of apoptosis. These responses were mediated by microtubule inhibition because 2-methoxy-5-[[3-(3,4,5- trimethoxyphenyl) propionyl]amino]-2,4,6-cycloheptatrien-1-one and lumicolchicine, inactive analogues of MTC and colchicine, respectively, were unable to promote microtubule disassembly, cell cycle arrest, and apoptosis. Although 1 μM MTC induced a complete microtubule disruption after 1 h of incubation in human leukemic HL-60 cells that led to an accumulation of cells at the G2-M phase, MTC-induced apoptosis occurred after 9 h of treatment. This indicates the existence of a rather long lag between microtubule disruption and the onset of apoptosis. Unlike colchicine, the removal of MTC during this lag resulted in rapid microtubule repolymerization, followed by restoration of normal cell cycle and cell growth. MTC, but not 2-methoxy-5- [[3-(3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl)propionyl]amino]-2,4,6-cycloheptatrien-1-one, induced c-jun expression as well as c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase and caspase activation, indicating that these signaling pathways are triggered by the specific action of MTC on microtubules. Caspase inhibition prevented MTC- induced apoptosis. Overexpression of bcl-2 or bcl-x(L) by gene transfer in human erythroleukemic HEL cells abrogated MTC-induced apoptosis, but cells remained arrested in G2-M, suggesting that bcl-2 and bcl-X(L) block the signaling pathway between G2-M arrest and triggering of apoptosis. MTC- treated bcl-2 and bcl-x(L)-transfected HEL cells recovered their capacity to proliferate after MTC removal. These results indicate that microtubule inhibition induces G2-M arrest and apoptosis in leukemic cells, showing a lag phase between G2-M arrest and the onset of apoptosis, regulated by bcl-2 and bcl-X(L), during which MTC displays a reversible action on microtubule depolymerization and G2-M cell cycle arrest. Thus, MTC is a potent apoptotic inducer on human leukemic cells and shows a remarkable reversible action on microtubule network and cell cycle before commitment for apoptosis is reached.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10261/60650
Identifiers:issn: 0008-5472
e-issn: 1538-7445
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