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Oncogene. 2008 Oct 2;27(44):5833-44. doi: 10.1038/onc.2008.190. Epub 2008 Jun 16.

Notch-1 associates with IKKalpha and regulates IKK activity in cervical cancer cells.

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Breast Cancer Program, Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL 60153, USA.


Notch-1 inhibits apoptosis in some transformed cells through incompletely understood mechanisms. Notch-1 can increase nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappaB) activity through a variety of mechanisms. Overexpression of cleaved Notch-1 in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells activates NF-kappaB via interaction with the I kappa B kinase (IKK) signalosome. Concomitant activation of the Notch and NF-kappaB pathways has been described in a large series of cervical cancer specimens. Here, we show that wild-type, spontaneously expressed Notch-1 stimulates NF-kappaB activity in CaSki cervical cancer cells by associating with the IKK signalosome through IKKalpha. A significant fraction of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha-stimulated IkappaB kinase activity in CaSki cells is Notch-1-dependent. In addition, Notch-1 is found in the nucleus in association with IKKalpha at IKKalpha-stimulated promoters and is required for association of IKKalpha with these promoters under basal and TNF-alpha-stimulated conditions. Notch-1-IKKalpha complexes are found in normal human keratinocytes as well, suggesting that IKK regulation is a physiological function of Notch-1. Both Notch-1 and IKKalpha knockdown sensitize CaSki cells to cisplatin-induced apoptosis to equivalent extents. Our data indicate that Notch-1 regulates NF-kappaB in cervical cancer cells at least in part via cytoplasmic and nuclear IKK-mediated pathways.

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