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Type: Journal article
Title: DNA-dependent protein kinase catalytic subunit: a target for an ICE-like protease in apoptosis
Author: Song, Q.
Lees-Miller, S.
Kumar, S.
Zhang, N.
Chan, D.
Smith, G.
Jackson, S.
Alnemri, E.
Litwack, G.
Khanna, K.
Lavin, M.
Citation: EMBO Journal, 1996; 15(13):3238-3246
Issue Date: 1996
ISSN: 0261-4189
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Song, Q ; Lees-miller, S P ; Kumar, S ; Zhang, Z ; Chan, D W ; Smith, G C ; Jackson, S P ; Alnemri, E S ; Litwack, G ; Khanna, K K ; Lavin, M F
Abstract: Radiosensitive cell lines derived from X-ray cross complementing group 5 (XRCC5), SCID mice and a human glioma cell line lack components of the DNA-dependent protein kinase, DNA-PK, suggesting that DNA-PK plays an important role in DNA double-strand break repair. Another enzyme implicated in DNA repair, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase, is cleaved and inactivated during apoptosis, suggesting that some DNA repair proteins may be selectively targeted for destruction during apoptosis. Here we demonstrate that DNA-PKcs, the catalytic subunit of DNA-PK, is preferentially degraded after the exposure of different cell types to a variety of agents known to cause apoptosis. However, Ku, the DNA-binding component of the enzyme, remains intact. Degradation of DNA-PKcs was accompanied by loss of DNA-PK activity. One cell line resistant to etoposide-induced apoptosis failed to show degradation of DNA-PKcs. Protease inhibitor data implicated an ICE-like protease in the cleavage of DNA-PKcs, and it was subsequently shown that the cysteine protease CPP32, but not Mch2alpha, ICE or TX, cleaved purified DNA-PKcs into three fragments of comparable size with those observed in cells undergoing apoptosis. Cleavage sites in DNA-PKcs, determined by antibody mapping and microsequencing, were shown to be the same for CPP32 cleavage and for cleavage catalyzed by extracts from cells undergoing apoptosis. These observations suggest that DNA-PKcs is a critical target for proteolysis by an ICE-like protease during apoptosis.
Keywords: Cell Line; Hela Cells; Tumor Cells, Cultured; Animals; Humans; Mice; Mice, SCID; Etoposide; Cysteine Endopeptidases; Caspase 1; Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases; DNA-Binding Proteins; Nuclear Proteins; DNA Primers; Antibodies; Apoptosis; Base Sequence; Substrate Specificity; Hydrolysis; Catalysis; Molecular Sequence Data; DNA-Activated Protein Kinase
RMID: 0030004989
DOI: 10.1002/j.1460-2075.1996.tb00688.x
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