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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2002 May 14;99(10):6925-30.

Siva-1 binds to and inhibits BCL-X(L)-mediated protection against UV radiation-induced apoptosis.

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  • 1Cancer Immunology and AIDS, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA 02115, USA.

Abstract

We previously cloned Siva-1 by using the cytoplasmic tail of CD27, a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor family, as the bait in the yeast two-hybrid system. The Siva gene is organized into four exons that code for the predominant full-length Siva-1 transcript, whereas its alternate splice form, Siva-2, lacks exon 2 coding sequence. Various groups have demonstrated a role for Siva-1 in several apoptotic pathways. Interestingly, the proapoptotic properties of Siva-1 are lacking in Siva-2. The fact that Siva-1 is partly localized to mitochondria despite the absence of any mitochondrial targeting signal, it harbors a 20-aa-long putative amphipathic helical structure that is absent in Siva-2, and that its expression is restricted to double-positive (CD3(+), CD4(+), CD8(+)) thymocytes like BCL-X(L), prompted us to test for a potential interaction between Siva-1 and BCL-X(L). Here, we show that Siva-1 binds to and inhibits BCL-X(L)-mediated protection against UV radiation-induced apoptosis. Indeed, the unique amphipathic helical region (SAH) present in Siva-1 is required for its binding to BCL-X(L) and sensitizing cells to UV radiation. Natural complexes of Siva-1/BCL-X(L) are detected in HUT78 and murine thymocyte, suggesting a potential role for Siva-1 in regulating T cell homeostasis.

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PMC124505
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