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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2012 Aug 3;424(3):414-20. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2012.06.124. Epub 2012 Jul 2.

iASPPsv antagonizes apoptosis induced by chemotherapeutic agents in MCF-7 cells and mouse thymocytes.

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State Key Laboratory of Experimental Hematology, Institute of Hematology and Blood Disease Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Tianjin 300020, China.


iASPP was an inhibitory member of ASPP family and could specifically inhibit the apoptotic function of p53. iASPPsv was identified by our lab as the short isoform of iASPP, which encoded a 407 aa protein and highly matched the carboxyl terminus of iASPP. In this study, iASPPsv was stably transfected into the breast cancer cell line MCF-7 by means of lentivirus to explore the effects of iASPPsv on biological functions of MCF-7. Thymocytes from iASPP/iASPPsv transgenic mice were also used to explore the effects of iASPP/iASPPsv on cell biological function. The results demonstrated that iASPPsv antagonized the growth inhibition induced by etoposide (VP-16) in MCF-7 cells. iASPPsv also down-regulated proapoptotic genes (Bax, Puma and Noxa) expression to inhibit apoptosis caused by VP-16. Moreover, iASPP and iASPPsv could both help the thymocytes of transgenic mice to resist the growth inhibition and apoptosis caused by dexamethasone (Dex) or VP-16. At the same time, DNA double strand break damage accumulated in either iASPPsv MCF-7 cells or iASPP/iASPPsv thymocytes. These findings showed that iAPSS/iASPPsv reduced the growth inhibition and apoptosis induced by Dex or VP-16, with DNA damage accumulating which might promote the pathogenesis and/or progression of cancer.

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