Journal article

Interference with gene expression induces rapid apoptosis in p53-null T lymphoma cells

R Ofir, LC Zhang, JM Adams

Cell Death & Differentiation | STOCKTON PRESS | Published : 1999


Two p53-null T lymphoma cell lines proved to be highly sensitive to inhibition of gene expression. With either actinomycin D or cycloheximide, apoptosis commenced within 2 h, as indicated by loss of membrane integrity, degradation of certain proteins (including the phosphatase calcineurin) and DNA fragmentation. These effects were ablated by co-expression of Bcl-2 or co-incubation with the caspase inhibitor Z-VAD-fmk. These results suggest that the apoptotic machinery is in place in these cells but held in check by an unknown labile protein, which probably acts upstream of Bcl-2. Although cycloheximide can activate the JNK or p38 MAP kinases in some cells, neither was implicated here. Howeve..

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