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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Feb 12, 2008; 105(6): 1937–1942.
Published online Jan 31, 2008. doi:  10.1073/pnas.0711800105
PMCID: PMC2538861
Cell Biology

A role for caspase 2 and PIDD in the process of p53-mediated apoptosis

Abstract

When treated with some DNA-damaging agents, human tumor-derived H1299 cells expressing inducible versions of wild-type or mutant p53 with inactive transactivation domain I (p53Q22/S23) undergo apoptosis as evidenced by cytochrome c release, nuclear fragmentation, and sub-G1 DNA content. Apoptosis induced by p53Q22/S23 is relatively slow, however, and key downstream effector caspases are not activated. Nevertheless, with either version of p53, caspase 2 activation is required for release of cytochrome c and cell death. Remarkably, although p53Q22/S23 is known to be defective in transcriptional activation of numerous p53 target genes, it can induce expression of proapoptotic targets including PIDD and AIP1 at least to the same extent as wild-type p53. Furthermore, RNAi silencing of PIDD, previously shown to be required for caspase 2 activation, suppresses apoptosis by both wild-type p53 and p53Q22/S23. Thus, the initial stage of DNA damage-facilitated, p53-mediated apoptosis occurs by a PIDD- and caspase 2-dependent mechanism, and p53's full transcriptional regulatory functions may be required only for events that are downstream of cytochrome c release.

Keywords: transactivation, DNA damage, programmed cell death, p53(Q22/S23)

The apoptotic response to p53 is likely to be critical for its role as a tumor suppressor (1, 2). p53 is a sequence-specific transcriptional activator, and several target genes of p53 have been shown to mediate either cell cycle arrest or apoptosis (2, 3).

Among the target genes that are induced by p53 that cause cell cycle arrest in G1 or G2 (or both) are p21, GADD45, 14-3-3 sigma, and Reprimo (reviewed in refs. 3 and 4). A substantially greater number of p53 target genes have been identified that play proapoptotic roles. These include, among others, Bax, PIG3, PUMA, NOXA, KILLER/DR5, FAS/APO-1, p53AIP1, Apaf-1, Perp, and PIDD (reviewed in ref. 5). p53 can also repress a number of prosurvival genes such as Bcl2, MAP4, and survivin (reviewed in ref. 6).

Importantly as well, a number of studies have revealed transcription-independent activities of p53 in apoptosis (reviewed in refs. 7 and 8). Whether by transcription-dependent or transcription-independent means, apoptosis induced by p53 has been shown to require the family of cysteine proteases known as caspases (9). p53-dependent caspase activation is a hallmark feature of the intrinsic pathway, and mitochondria are the key integrators of these stress stimuli (9).

Particularly relevant to our study is caspase 2 (Ich1/Nedd2), one of the first and most well conserved mammalian caspases to be identified (10). Caspase 2 has been shown to be involved in DNA damage-mediated apoptosis in a number of human cell lines and to act upstream of mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization and cytochrome c release (reviewed in ref. 11). Caspase 2 is also required for cleavage of Bid, which is necessary for cytochrome c release from mitochondria (1214). Interestingly, whereas processing of caspase 2 is required for cytochrome c release, its enzymatic activity is not needed (15, 16). The above findings, implicating a role for caspase 2 early in apoptosis, are consistent with the fact that it possesses a long prodomain characteristic of initiator caspases. Nevertheless, some studies have placed caspase 2 downstream of Bax and even caspase 3 and to serve as a substrate of caspase 3 (17). Thus, caspase 2 may play roles both as an initiator caspase and also as a participant in a caspase 3-dependent apoptotic amplification loop (reviewed in ref. 11).

Activation of caspase 2 has been shown to involve its oligomerization (18, 19). The formation of a large, multimeric protein complex was shown to result in the activation of caspase 2 (20). This complex, termed the “PIDDosome,” contains PIDD (p53-induced protein with a death domain), RAIDD, and caspase 2. Genetic inactivation or siRNA silencing of any of the PIDDosome components results in the reduction of apoptosis (20, 21). Most relevantly, p53-mediated apoptosis has been linked to caspase 2 activation in a number of experimental systems (2226).

We reported that, in H1299 cell lines engineered to express various ectopically expressed inducible forms of p53, the transcriptionally impaired p53 mutant (p53Q22/S23) can be enabled by a number of antineoplastic agents to induce an apoptotic response (27). In the present study we have examined several aspects of the process of apoptosis induced by wild-type and p53Q22/S23. Our data show both similarities and striking differences between the two versions of p53 and identify activation of caspase 2 as a requirement for p53-mediated cell death.

Results

Characteristics of Apoptosis in Cells Expressing Wild-Type p53 and p53Q22/S23.

Both wild-type p53 and the transcriptionally impaired mutant p53Q22/S23 can induce DNA damage-facilitated apoptosis in H1299 cells as measured by accumulation of cells with sub-G1 DNA content (27). Here we characterize in detail the features of apoptotic cells treated or untreated with daunorubicin expressing either wild-type p53 or p53Q22/S23. Because p53Q22/S23 is present at high levels, it is possible that it cannot produce apoptosis when expressed at levels similar to wild-type p53.

Therefore, we regulated p53Q22/S23 protein by maintaining different amounts of tetracycline (tet) in the culture medium and observed that levels of p53Q22/S23 equivalent to or even lower than wild-type p53 led to significant apoptosis (Fig. 1B).

Fig. 1.
Comparable protein levels of wild-type p53 and transcriptionally impaired p53Q22/S23 produce apoptosis in H1299 cells treated with daunorubicin. (A) Cultures expressing inducible wild-type p53 (WT) in the presence of 0 ng/ml tet and inducible p53Q22/S23 ...

Whereas induction of wild-type p53 resulted in growth arrest, under similar conditions p53Q22/S23 had no effect on cell division [supporting information (SI) Fig. 6 A and B]. By contrast, treatment of cells expressing wild-type p53 or p53Q22/S23 with daunorubicin led to decreased numbers of adherent cells in either case, although p53Q22/S23-expressing cells displayed a significantly delayed course of cell death (SI Fig. 6 C and D).

We went on to examine the morphological features of apoptosis in the two cell lines. After treatment with daunorubicin, both wild-type p53- and p53Q22/S23-expressing cells were able to induce apoptotic membrane blebbing and undergo nuclear fragmentation. Formation of apoptotic bodies was the predominant end point in wild-type p53-expressing cells. Cell death in p53Q22/S23-expressing cells led to appearance of cells with fragmented nuclei but not apoptotic bodies (SI Fig. 7) although at later time points nuclei from cells expressing wild-type p53 and p53Q22/S23 nuclei look similar (data not shown). The number of TUNEL-positive p53Q22/S23 cells was approximately half of that seen with wild-type p53-expressing cells (SI Fig. 8). Taken together, both nuclear and membrane changes occur in wild-type p53- and p53Q22/S23-expressing cells after DNA damage although nuclear changes induced by p53Q22/S23 appear to be less advanced than those seen with wild-type p53.

Unexpectedly, when we examined p53Q22/S23-expressing cells, there was virtually no phosphatidylserine externalization, even under conditions that gave rise to a marked increase in sub-G1 DNA (SI Fig. 9). A transiently transfected construct expressing p53Q22/23 did give rise to phosphatidylserine externalization in this particular clone of cells, however, and we speculate that the much higher levels of mutant p53 that occur upon transfection are sufficient to activate this pathway. The similarities and differences in apoptotic features of cells expressing wild type and p53Q22/23 are summarized in SI Table 1.

Apoptotic Cells Expressing Both Wild-Type p53 and p53Q22/S23 Release Mitochondrial Cytochrome c, but Only Wild-Type p53 Activates the Canonical Apoptosomal Caspases.

Wild-type p53 expression leads to release of cytochrome c, a crucial step in triggering the formation of the apoptosome and subsequent effector caspase activation (reviewed in ref. 28). When H1299 cells were treated with daunorubicin, induction of either wild-type p53 or p53Q22/S23 led to comparable extents of cytochrome c release (Fig. 2A). Cytochrome c release precedes the mitochondrial death pathway executed by a number of activated caspases. In daunorubicin-treated cells expressing wild-type p53, activation of caspase 9 (Fig. 2B Upper), caspase 7 (Fig. 2C), and caspase 3 (Fig. 2D) was evident. Furthermore, cleavage of PARP, a caspase 3 substrate (Fig. 2B Lower), and lamin A, a caspase 6 substrate (data not shown), was readily evident in apoptotic cells. Unexpectedly, p53Q22/S23-expressing cells showed no evidence of caspase 3, 7, and 9 activation or caspase substrate cleavage under the same conditions (Fig. 2 B–D). Because cleavage and activation of executioner caspases were apparently unique to wild-type p53, it was of interest to determine whether their activation was required to promote apoptosis. Cells expressing either wild-type p53 or p53Q22/S23 were treated with caspase 9 and caspase 3 inhibitors before determination of apoptosis by sub-G1 analysis. In fact, both inhibitors effectively blocked apoptosis by wild-type p53 but not by p53Q22/S23 (Fig. 2E). This indicates that wild-type p53 and mutant p53 share features of the upstream component of the apoptotic program leading to cytochrome c release but diverge in their execution of the downstream pathway to cell death.

Fig. 2.
Cytochrome c release is facilitated by both wild-type p53 and p5322/23, but apoptosis facilitated by p5322/23 is caspase 9/3-independent. (A) Expression of wild-type p53 and mutant p53Q22/S23 leads to mitochondrial release of cytochrome c. Cell lines ...

A Role for Caspase 2 in Cytochrome c Release and Apoptosis Caused by Wild-Type p53 and p53Q22/S23.

The results shown above suggested that apoptosis triggered by p53Q22/S23 occurs through a caspase-independent mechanism. Surprisingly, when both wild-type and mutant p53-expressing cell lines were pretreated with the broad-spectrum caspase inhibitor z-VAD-fmk, apoptotic nuclear fragmentation as assessed by DAPI staining was inhibited in both wild-type p53- and p53Q22/S23-expressing cells (SI Fig. 10 A and B). This result was also corroborated by using sub-G1 DNA analysis (see Fig. 3B). These data indicate that the apoptotic program induced by both the wild-type p53 and mutant p53Q22/S23 requires one or more caspases.

Fig. 3.
Caspase 2 is activated by and required for apoptosis induced by wild-type and mutant p53. (A) Caspase 2 activation by wild-type and mutant p53. Cell lines expressing inducible wild-type p53 (WT) and p53Q22/S23 (22/23) were left untreated or were treated ...

Because caspase 2 has been implicated in stress-induced apoptosis (29, 30) we sought to determine whether this caspase is involved in the apoptotic process observed in these cell lines. Indeed, we found that daunorubicin-treated wild-type p53- and p53Q22/S23-expressing apoptotic cells displayed a marked increase in caspase 2 activity (Fig. 3A).

To assess whether caspase 2 activation is required for the apoptotic pathway induced by wild-type p53 and p53Q22/S23, cells were pretreated with the caspase 2 inhibitor z-VDVAD-fmk. As shown in Fig. 3B, apoptosis was greatly reduced in the presence of either z-VAD-fmk or z-VDVAD-fmk in either wild-type p53- or p53Q22/S23-expressing cells although inhibition by z-VAD-fmk was more complete. Furthermore, wild-type p53- and p53Q22/S23-expressing cells containing caspase 2 siRNA underwent significantly less cell death when compared with controls (Figs. 3 C and D and and44A). Taken together, our results implicate caspase 2 in DNA damage-dependent p53-mediated apoptosis.

Fig. 4.
Caspase 2, RAIDD, or PIDD inhibition reduces apoptosis by wild-type and mutant p53Q22/S23, while p53Q22/S23 retains the ability to transactivate AIP1 and PIDD. (A) Cells expressing inducible wild-type and p53Q22/S23 were transfected with luciferase GL3 ...

It was reported that cytochrome c release occurs subsequent to caspase 2 activation (29, 30). To determine whether caspase 2 regulates cytochrome c release, cells were treated with the caspase 2-inhibitor z-VDVAD-fmk (or with z-VAD-fmk) before addition of daunorubicin. Subsequently, cytochrome c release was assessed by immunofluorescence microscopy (SI Fig. 11). In the presence of either inhibitor cytochrome c release was blocked in both wild-type p53- and p53Q22/S23-expressing cells. Thus, cytochrome c release requires caspase 2 when H1299 cells expressing wild-type p53 or p53Q22/S23 undergo DNA damage-facilitated apoptosis.

PIDDosome Components Are Involved in Apoptosis in Wild-Type p53- and p53Q22/S23-Expressing Cells, and p53Q22/S23 Can Induce Transcription of PIDD.

Caspase 2 can be activated by a PIDDosome complex containing RAIDD and PIDD. We therefore asked whether PIDD and RAIDD were also required in our system. Indeed siRNA-mediated down-regulation of RAIDD or PIDD (as well as caspase 2 again) resulted in a significant reduction of apoptosis in cells expressing wild-type p53 and p53Q22/S23 after DNA damage (Fig. 4A and SI Fig. 12). The mutant p53Q22/S23 has been shown to be impaired in activation of numerous p53 target genes and has been used frequently to determine transcription-dependent vs. -independent functions of p53. Nevertheless, some reports have indicated that p53Q22/S23 has limited transcriptional activity (3133). The involvement of the p53 target PIDD in apoptosis led us to consider the possibility that p53Q22/S23 may not be transcriptionally inert in H1299 cells. Remarkably, RT-PCR analyses showed that p53Q22/S23 is capable of efficient induction of PIDD and AIP1 (Fig. 4B) as well as KILLER/DR5 and Puma (data not shown) when compared with wild-type p53. In fact, when fully expressed, p53Q22/S23 induced the proapoptotic target AIP1 significantly better than wild-type p53 although, as expected, it was very poor in inducing the cell cycle arrest target p21 (Fig. 4B).

In light of the fact that reduction of caspase 2, RAIDD, and PIDD each reduces cell death, it is interesting that p53Q22/S23 can induce PIDD expression to the same extent as wild-type p53. We conclude that PIDD is a key p53 target gene in DNA damage-facilitated cell death. Because both forms of p53 induce PIDD to similar extents in the presence or absence of DNA damage, additional events are required for apoptosis to occur.

Discussion

Our analysis of the features of apoptosis caused by wild-type p53 and p53Q22/S23 has revealed that there are at least two genetically separable functions of p53 capable of inducing cell death through mitochondria (Fig. 5 and SI Table 1). One requires the full repertoire of transactivation/repression functions of p53 and involves the canonical pathway involving activation of multiple initiator and effector caspases, whereas the other entails a very restricted transcription program and a cell death pathway that is distinct from the better-studied pathway. In either case, p53-mediated apoptosis requires activation of caspase 2. Our results provide new information about p53-mediated apoptosis and yet pose some interesting questions.

Fig. 5.
Stress-induced apoptosis mediated by p53 can involve two pathways and requires caspase 2 for cytochrome c release.

The p53 transactivation region can be subdivided into two discrete subdomains, AD1 (spanning residues 20–40) and AD2 (spanning residues 40–60) (reviewed in ref. 34). Mutation of AD2 and/or the proline-rich region extending between amino acids 60 and 90 produces a version of p53 that is incapable of inducing apoptosis but still retains the ability to transactivate genes such as p21 that cause cell cycle arrest (reviewed in ref. 34). By contrast, the p53 variant we have studied here, which is simultaneously mutated at two residues L22Q and W23S, is severely impaired for activation of most of the commonly studied p53 target genes (32) and is compromised in its interactions with TAF9 (35), CBP (36), and Mdm2 (37) although it is capable of inducing cell death. In this study we show that p53Q22/S23 is not fully dysfunctional as a transcriptional regulator and can induce some proapoptotic targets including AIP1, PIDD, KILLER/DR5, and Puma to the same extent or better (AIP1) than wild-type p53. This mutant may use a restricted transcription program during apoptosis that is different from wild-type p53.

Recent articles have provided detailed information about transcription-independent roles for p53 in the cytoplasm. Mihara et al. (38) reported the ability of p53 to interact with BclXL at the mitochondria in the apparent absence of transcription by p53. Furthermore, when murine mutant p53Q25/S26 is forced into cytoplasm of MEFs by wheat germ agglutinin treatment, apoptosis that involves p53 activation of Bax protein ensues (ref. 39; reviewed in ref. 40). Whether caspase 2 activation is involved in the nontranscriptional role of p53 in apoptosis remains to be determined.

Our studies show that expression of the p53-responsive gene PIDD is induced by wild-type p53 or p53Q22/S23 in the absence or presence of DNA damage. Moreover, siRNA gene silencing of RAIDD and PIDD suppresses caspase 2-dependent apoptosis induced by wild-type p53 or p53Q22/S23. We speculate that wild-type p53 or p53Q22/S23 up-regulation of PIDD results in the enhanced recruitment of PIDD and caspase 2 to form the PIDDosome complex with RAIDD resulting in the activation of caspase 2. However, because we have yet to determine whether formation of an active PIDDosome complex occurs in our system, it remains possible that the activation of caspase 2 by wild-type p53 or p53Q22/S23 does not require increased levels of PIDD. A recent report indicates an alternative pathway for caspase 2-dependent activation and apoptosis in 5-FU-treated HCT116 cells that does not rely on RAIDD or PIDD (26), suggesting that either cell- or stimulus-specific differences exist in requirement for PIDDosome components in apoptosis.

Finally, it is interesting that cytochrome c is released after caspase 2 activation during p53Q22/S23-mediated apoptosis but does not result in caspase 3 or caspase 9 activation. Because inhibition of caspase 3 or 9 blocks apoptosis in wild-type p53-expressing cells this implies that the apoptotic pathway initiated by p53Q22/S23 is not functional in cells expressing wild-type p53. We cannot formally rule out that p53Q22/S23 elicits an alternative form of programmed cell death distinct from the canonical apoptosis process. Nonetheless, we consider the following intriguing questions in thinking about future directions. First, why does cytochrome c release not cause the formation of the apoptosome? Perhaps the defect in caspase 9 activation results from its inhibition by IAP expression or activity in the absence of wild-type p53. Alternatively, Apaf1, a transcriptional target of p53 (5) that acts as part of the apoptosome to activate caspase 9, may be differentially regulated by wild-type and mutant p53. Preliminary experiments have not supported these possibilities, but further work needs to be done. Second, how does the mutant p53 cause apoptosis without activation of the apoptosome? We have found that apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF) is released during apoptosis caused by both wild-type and mutant p53 (data not shown). AIF (and/or endoG) thus may play a role in p53Q22/S23- but not wild-type p53-mediated apoptosis. Third, does wild-type p53 actively suppress the alternative pathway, or does p53Q22/S23 produce effects that are entirely distinct from wild-type p53? Speculative scenarios include the induction of proapoptotic genes that are exclusively regulated by p53Q22/S23 but not wild-type p53, or deficits in Apaf1/cytochrome c interaction, Smac/DIABLO release, or HtrA2 expression/activity only when the cells are expressing p53Q22/S23. It will be of great interest to determine whether any particular cell stresses or cell types preferentially activate upstream signaling networks that act through the second transactivation domain of wild-type p53. Finally, both wild-type and p53Q22/S23 activation of (and requirement for) caspase 2 requires both induction of p53 and DNA damage. It will therefore be challenging but interesting to determine how DNA damage facilitates caspase 2-dependent apoptosis caused by p53. Future experiments are needed to provide answers to these questions.

Materials and Methods

Cell Culture and Transfection.

H1299 cells stably expressing either wild-type p53 or p53Q22/S23 as described (27) were maintained in RPMI medium 1640 (GIBCO) containing 10% FBS, 2 μg/ml G418, 2.5 μg/ml puromycin, and 4.5 μg/ml tetracycline (tet). Cultures (6-mm wells) were transfected with GFP (5 μg) as previously described (41). siRNA oligos from Dharmacon (caspase2 no. 1, caspase2 no. 2, and luciferase GL3) and Qiagen (RAIDD no. 1, PIDD no. 1, and PIDD no. 2; 0.27 μg/ ml) were transfected into six-well plates by using Lipofectamine 2000 reagent (Invitrogen). Details about RNA oligos for siRNA analysis are in SI Materials and Methods.

Antibodies.

The following primary antibodies were used: p53, 1801 hybridoma supernatant; actin, α-actin (Sigma); Bcl2, 100 (Santa Cruz Biotechnology); caspase 2, α-caspase2 (BD Pharmingen); PARP, C2-10 (Santa Cruz Biotechnology); caspase 7, α-caspase 7 (BD Pharmingen); cytochrome c, α-cytochrome c (BD Pharmingen); caspase 9, no. 9501 (Cell Signaling Technology).

p53 and Apoptosis Induction.

Cells were plated with or without medium containing tet. To induce p53, cells were plated in media lacking tet, incubated for 24 h, and washed twice in media lacking tet. After 40 h cells were treated with 0.22 μM daunorubicin (Calbiochem) for an additional 48 h. For caspase inhibition experiments, the following inhibitors (all from Calbiochem) were added to the medium immediately after p53 induction: z-VAD-fmk (100 μM), z-VDVAD-fmk (25 μM), z-LEHD-fmk (10 μM), and z-DEVD-fmk (50 μM).

Immunoblot Analysis.

Cells were collected from 10-cm plates in cold PBS followed by centrifugation at 10,000 × g. The pellets were lysed on ice for 15 min in Nonidet P-40 lysis buffer [10 mM Tris, pH 7.5/1 mM EDTA/10% glycerol/0.5% Nonidet P-40/300 mM NaCl/1 mM DTT/0.5 mM PMSF/protease inhibitors (1 μM benzamidine, 3 μg/ml leupeptin, 0.1 μg/ml bacitracin, and 1 μg/ml macroglobulin)]. Lysates were cleared by centrifugation (13,000 rpm for 10 min), and samples were analyzed according to standard immunoblotting procedures by using enhanced chemiluminescence (Amersham). For PARP analysis, cells were collected in cold PBS, resuspended in an extraction buffer containing 62.5 mM Tris (pH 6.8), 6 M urea, 10% glycerol, 2% SDS, 0.003% bromophenol blue, and 5% 2-mercaptoethanol, sonicated for 60 s, and then incubated at 65°C for 15 min. Samples were then loaded onto a 7.5% gel and immunoblotted with anti-PARP antibody.

Flow Cytometry Analysis.

Cells were seeded on 6-cm plates with or without 4.5 μg/ml tet. After 24 h medium was removed from plates without tet and replaced with fresh tet-free medium for wild-type p53- and p53Q22/S23-expressing cells or with 5 and 10 ng/ml tet for only the p53Q22/S23-expressing cells. After 40 h cells were treated with 0.22 μM daunorubicin, and 48 h later cells were trypsinized and analyzed by flow cytometry for sub-G1 DNA content (FACSCalibur; Becton Dickinson) as previously described (27). Cell cycle stages were analyzed by using the ModFit LT Version 3.0 program.

Cytochrome c Release Assay.

Cells in 10-cm dishes were trypsinized, and floating and adherent cells were pooled and centrifuged at 650 × g. Pellets were washed once with PBS and then resuspended in five volumes of sucrose cell extraction buffer (250 mM sucrose/20 mM Hepes-KOH, pH 7.5/10 mM KCl/1.5 mM MgCl2/1 mM sodium EDTA/1 mM sodium EGTA/1 mM DTT/0.1 mM PMSF/20 μg/ml leupeptin/10 μg/ml aprotinin/10 μg/ml pepstatin A). The resuspended cells were Dounce homogenized with 50 strokes followed by centrifugation twice at 850 × g for 15 min at 4°C to remove nuclear contaminants and debris. Supernatants were then centrifuged at 14,000 × g for 30 min, and the mitochondrial pellets were resuspended in sucrose cell extraction buffer. The final supernatants represented the soluble cytosolic fractions.

Caspase Cleavage Colorimetric Assay.

Caspase 2 and caspase 3 activities were detected by using assay kits from Calbiochem and Clontech, respectively. The assays were performed according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Semiquantitative RT-PCR.

H1299 cells were treated as described and then were washed two times with cold PBS. Total RNA was isolated by using the RNeasy Total RNA Isolation Kit (Qiagen). Approximately 4 μg of total RNA was used to prepare cDNA using the SuperScript First Strand cDNA Synthesis Kit (Invitrogen) for oligo(dT) priming. cDNA reaction mixtures (2 μl) were used as template for RT-PCR in which samples were initially heated at 94°C for 5 min, and then 20 cycles of 94°C for 30 s, 57°C for 30 s, 72°C for 1 min, and a final extension of 72°C for 5 min were carried out. For details about primer constructions, see SI Materials and Methods.

Supplementary Material

Supporting Information:

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

We thank Philip Friedlander for advice and support during the early stages of these studies. Ella Freulich provided expert technical assistance. Scott Lowe, Yuri Lazebnik, and members of the C.P. laboratory gave helpful suggestions. This work was supported by National Institutes of Health Grant CA77742.

Footnotes

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

This article contains supporting information online at www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/0711800105/DC1.

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