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Leuk Res. 2009 Jun;33(6):798-802. doi: 10.1016/j.leukres.2008.09.016. Epub 2008 Oct 19.

Notch and BCR signaling synergistically promote the proliferation of Raji B-lymphoma cells.

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Department of Medical Genetics and Developmental Biology, State Key Laboratory of Cancer Biology, Fourth Military Medical University, Xian, China.


The evolutionarily conserved Notch signaling pathway plays a pivotal role in cell proliferation, apoptosis, and cell fate decision from invertebrates to vertebrates, and is oncogenic in some human hematopoietic malignancies. To study the role of Notch signaling in B-lymphoma, we expressed a soluble fragment of human Delta-like1 (hDll1) in E. coli, which was shown to activate the Notch signaling. Incubation of Burkitt's lymphoma Raji cells with the soluble hDll1 led to gamma-secretase-dependent up-regulation of a Notch downstream gene, Hes1. This treatment synergized with B-cell receptor (BCR)-mediated signaling to promote proliferation of Raji cells in vitro, which was cancelled by GSI. We further showed that Notch signaling significantly repressed, while gamma-secretase inhibitor (GSI) enhanced, "natural" apoptosis of Raji cells. Because c-myc is a downstream gene of both Notch signaling and BCR signaling, and GSI blocked c-myc expression in the presence of hDll1 and anti-IgM, Notch signaling might interact with BCR signaling at the level of c-myc expression to regulate proliferation and apoptosis of B-lymphoma cells.

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