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Glycogen synthase kinase-3 regulates mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization and apoptosis by destabilization of MCL-1.

Molecular cell | Mar 17, 2006

We investigated the role of glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3), which is inactivated by AKT, for its role in the regulation of apoptosis. Upon IL-3 withdrawal, protein levels of MCL-1 decreased but were sustained by pharmacological inhibition of GSK-3, which prevented cytochrome c release and apoptosis. MCL-1 was phosphorylated by GSK-3 at a conserved GSK-3 phosphorylation site (S159). S159 phosphorylation of MCL-1 was induced by IL-3 withdrawal or PI3K inhibition and prevented by AKT or inhibition of GSK-3, and it led to increased ubiquitinylation and degradation of MCL-1. A phosphorylation-site mutant (MCL-1(S159A)), expressed in IL-3-dependent cells, showed enhanced stability upon IL-3 withdrawal and conferred increased protection from apoptosis compared to wild-type MCL-1. The results demonstrate that the control of MCL-1 stability by GSK-3 is an important mechanism for the regulation of apoptosis by growth factors, PI3K, and AKT.

Pubmed ID: 16543145 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Amino Acid Sequence | Animals | Apoptosis | Cell Line | Cell Line, Tumor | Cell Survival | Cytochromes c | Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 | Humans | Interleukin-3 | Mice | Mitochondrial Membranes | Molecular Sequence Data | Myeloid Cell Leukemia Sequence 1 Protein | Neoplasm Proteins | Permeability | Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases | Phosphorylation | Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt | Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-2 | Sequence Homology, Amino Acid | Time Factors | Transfection

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Associated grants

  • Agency: NIAID NIH HHS, Id: AI40646
  • Agency: NIAID NIH HHS, Id: AI44828
  • Agency: NCI NIH HHS, Id: CA69381
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: GM52735

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