Journal article

Slug antagonizes p53-mediated apoptosis of hematopoietic progenitors by repressing puma

WS Wu, S Heinrichs, D Xu, SP Garrison, GP Zambetti, JM Adams, AT Look

Cell | CELL PRESS | Published : 2005


In response to DNA damage, the p53 tumor suppressor can elicit either apoptosis or cell-cycle arrest and repair, but how this critical decision is made in specific cell types remains largely undefined. We investigated the mechanism by which the transcriptional repressor Slug specifically rescues hematopoietic progenitor cells from lethal doses of gamma radiation. We show that Slug is transcriptionally induced by p53 upon irradiation and then protects the damaged cell from apoptosis by directly repressing p53-mediated transcription of puma, a key BH3-only antagonist of the antiapoptotic Bcl-2 proteins. We established the physiologic significance of Slug-mediated repression of puma by demonstr..

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