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Genes Dev. 2000 Jul 15;14(14):1734-40.

Bcl-2 antiapoptotic protein mediates verotoxin II-induced cell death: possible association between bcl-2 and tissue failure by E. coli O157:H7.

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Project for the Cell Death Research, Basic Technology Research Laboratory, Daiichi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Tokyo R&D Center, Tokyo 134-8630, Japan.


Verotoxin II (VTII: or Shiga-like toxin 2) is a key factor for Escherichia coli O157:H7-induced multiple tissue failure and contains a pentameric sequence (NWGRI) similar to the Bcl-2 homolog domain, BH1. In the current study, we demonstrate that VTII, but not VTI, interacts with Bcl-2 through each BH1 domain pentameric sequence (NWGRI) and that the VTII/Bcl-2 complex is necessary for cell-death induction in target cells. VTII translocates to mitochondria and induces cell death only when target cells are expressing Bcl-2. In addition, interruption of VTII-Bcl-2 complex formation by a pentameric BH1 synthetic peptide suppresses VTII-induced cell death. In the present article, we propose that Bcl-2 mediates VTII-induced target cell death by the interaction with each pentameric sequence of BH1 domain.

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