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Cancer Res. 1994 Dec 15;54(24):6348-52.

Mcl-1, a member of the Bcl-2 family, delays apoptosis induced by c-Myc overexpression in Chinese hamster ovary cells.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755-3835.


Mcl-1, a protein increased early in the differentiation of human myeloblastic ML-1 cells, has sequence similarity to Bcl-2. In the present study, we determined whether Mcl-1 has functional similarity to Bcl-2 by testing its ability to inhibit apoptosis induced by c-Myc overexpression. This was carried out using Chinese hamster ovary 5AHSmyc cells which contain the human c-myc proto-oncogene under the control of a heat shock promoter. Heat treatment induces c-Myc overexpression and thus apoptosis as determined by internucleosomal DNA fragmentation. We transfected 5AHSmyc cells with mcl-1 and found that clones expressing the introduced Mcl-1 protein exhibited reduced DNA fragmentation. Mcl-1 was also capable of delaying the onset of cell death as judged by loss of membrane integrity, although it could not provide complete protection from c-Myc overexpression. Thus, Mcl-1 has functional homology to Bcl-2 in that Mcl-1 can enhance cell viability under conditions that otherwise cause apoptosis.

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