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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2008 Dec 26;377(4):1205-10. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2008.10.151. Epub 2008 Nov 6.

Fas-mediated autophagy requires JNK activation in HeLa cells.

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China-Japan Research Institute of Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, 103 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016, PR China.


Fas has been reported to play an important role in apoptosis; however, Fas-mediated autophagy and its mechanism are still unclear. Here, we found that Fas agonistic antibody CH11-induced autophagy in HeLa cells, and inhibition of autophagy by 3-MA increased CH11-induced apoptosis. A Fas antagonistic antibody (UB2) suppressed both CH11-induced autophagy and apoptosis. In addition, the CH11-induced autophagy was blocked by JNK inhibitor (SP600125), but it was not affected by caspase 8 inhibitor (Z-IETD); whereas the CH11-induced apoptosis was increased by SP600125, and it was suppressed by Z-IETD. Further experiments confirmed that JNK was activated by CH11 dose-dependently, and the activation was suppressed when autophagy was blocked by 3-MA. Together, our results suggest that JNK, but not caspase 8, involves in Fas-mediated CH11-induced autophagy in HeLa cells, and this autophagy plays a protective role in CH11-induced cell death.

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