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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2006 Oct;1763(10):1125-34. Epub 2006 Aug 5.

The C-terminal CD47/IAP-binding domain of thrombospondin-1 prevents camptothecin- and doxorubicin-induced apoptosis in human thyroid carcinoma cells.

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Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, IFR 53 Biomolécules, UMR-CNRS 6198 Matrice extracellulaire et régulation cellulaire, UFR Sciences de Reims, Moulin de la Housse-BP 1039-51687 Reims Cedex 2, France.


Camptothecin and doxorubicin belong to a family of anticancer drugs that exert cytotoxic effects by triggering apoptosis in various cell types. However there have only been few investigations showing that matricellular proteins like thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) could be involved in the underlying mechanism of this cytotoxicity. In this report, using Hoechst reagent staining, reactive oxygen species production and caspase-3 activity measurement, we determined that both camptothecin and doxorubicin induced apoptosis in human thyroid carcinoma cells (FTC-133). On the one hand, we demonstrated that camptothecin and doxorubicin inhibited TSP-1 expression mainly occurring at the transcriptional level. On the other hand, drug-induced apoptosis determined by western blot analysis for PARP cleavage and caspase-3 activity measurement, was significantly decreased in presence of exogenous TSP-1. In order to identify the sequence responsible for this effect, we used the CD47/IAP-binding peptide 4N1 (RFYVVMWK), derived from the C-terminal domain of TSP-1, and known to play a role in apoptosis. Thus, in presence of 4N1, camptothecin and doxorubicin-induced pro-apoptotic activity was considerably inhibited. These findings suggest that induction of apoptosis by camptothecin or doxorubicin in FTC-133 cells is greatly dependent by a down-regulation of TSP-1 expression and shed new light on a possible role for TSP-1 in drug resistance.

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