Constitutive Stat3, Tyr705, and Ser727 phosphorylation in acute myeloid leukemia cells caused by the autocrine secretion of interleukin-6.
ABSTRACT To explore the activation patterns of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (Stat3) in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), we examined whether the phosphorylation of tyrosine705 (Tyr705) and serine727 (Ser727) residues was abnormally regulated in cells from patients with AML. In 5 of 20 (25%) patients with AML, Stat3 was constitutively phosphorylated on Tyr705 and Ser727, which were not further up-regulated by treatment with IL-6. Furthermore, Stat3 was constitutively bound to the IRE response element in these cells as determined by electrophoretic mobility shift assay, and stimulation with IL-6 did not result in increased DNA binding. Interestingly, AML cells with constitutive Stat3 activation also secreted high levels of IL-6 protein. Treating these AML cells with anti-IL-6 resulted in restored IL-6-inducible Stat3 phosphorylation on both Tyr705 and Ser727 with low or undetectable basal phosphorylation levels in unstimulated cells. In contrast, treatment with anti-IL-1 did not result in altered Stat3 phosphorylation patterns. The constitutive IL-6 expression was associated with elevated levels of suppressor of cytokine signaling-1 (SOCS-1) and SOCS-3 mRNA expression, which were not down-regulated by anti-IL-6. These data indicate that the constitutive Stat3 activation in the investigated AML blasts is caused by high IL-6 secretion levels, thus stimulating the Jak/Stat pathway in an autocrine manner, a paracrine manner, or both. (Blood. 2000;95:3765-3770)
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ABSTRACT: Invasiveness of trophoblast and choriocarcinoma cells is in part mediated via leukemia inhibitory factor- (LIF-) induced activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3). The regulation of STAT3 phosphorylation at its ser727 binding site, possible crosstalk with intracellular MAPK signaling, and their functional implications are the object of the present investigation. JEG-3 choriocarcinoma cells were cultured in presence/absence of LIF and the specific ERK1/2 inhibitor (U0126). Phosphorylation of signaling molecules (p-STAT3 (ser727 and tyr705) and p-ERK1/2 (thr 202/tyr 204)) was assessed per Western blot. Immunocytochemistry confirmed results, but also pinpointed the location of phosphorylated signaling molecules. STAT3 DNA-binding capacity was studied with a colorimetric ELISA-based assay. Cell viability and invasion capability were assessed by MTS and Matrigel assays. Our results demonstrate that LIF-induced phosphorylation of STAT3 (tyr705 and ser727) is significantly increased after blocking ERK1/2. STAT3 DNA-binding capacity and cell invasiveness are enhanced after LIF stimulation and ERK1/2 blockage. In contrast, proliferation is enhanced by LIF but reduced after ERK1/2 inhibition. The findings herein show that blocking ERK1/2 increases LIF-induced STAT3 phosphorylation and STAT3 DNA-binding capacity by an intranuclear crosstalk, which leads to enhanced invasiveness and reduced proliferation.The Scientific World Journal 10/2013; 2013:259845. DOI:10.1155/2013/259845 · 1.73 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Flavopiridol is a cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor that induces cell cycle arrest, apoptosis, and clinical responses in selected patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). A better understanding of the molecular pathways targeted by flavopiridol is needed to design optimal combinatorial therapy. Here, we report that in vivo administration of flavopiridol induced expression of the BCL-2 anti-apoptotic gene in leukemic blasts from adult patients with refractory AML. Moreover, flavopiridol repressed the expression of genes encoding oncogenic transcription factors (HMGA1, STAT3, E2F1) and the major subunit of RNA Polymerase II. Our results provide mechanistic insight into the cellular pathways targeted by flavopiridol. Although further studies are needed, our findings also suggest that blocking anti-apoptotic pathways could enhance cytotoxicity with flavopiridol.Leukemia & lymphoma 07/2011; 52(10):1999-2006. DOI:10.3109/10428194.2011.591012 · 2.61 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Recently, we reported that sorafenib sensitizes hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells to TRAIL through the inhibition of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3). Here, we report that sorafenib inhibits HCC via a kinase-independent mechanism: SHP-1 dependent STAT3 inactivation. SC-1 is a sorafenib derivative that closely resembles sorafenib structurally but with no kinase inhibition activity. HCC cell lines (PLC5, Huh-7, Hep3B, and Sk-Hep1) were treated with sorafenib or SC-1 and apoptosis and signal transduction were analyzed. In vivo efficacy was determined in nude mice with Huh-7 xenografts. SC-1 showed similar effects to sorafenib on growth inhibition and apoptosis in all tested HCC cell lines. SC-1 down-regulated phosphorylation of phospho-STAT3 (p-STAT3) at tyrosine 705 in all tested HCC cells. Expression of STAT3-driven genes, including Cyclin D1 and Survivin, was also repressed by SC-1. Luciferase reporter assay confirmed the inhibition of transcriptional activity of STAT3 in both sorafenib-treated and SC-1-treated cells. Ectopic expression of STAT3 in PLC5 cells abolished apoptosis in SC-1-treated cells. Sorafenib and SC-1 up-regulated SHP-1 activity. Knockdown of SHP-1, but not SHP-2 or PTP-1B, by small interference RNA reduced apoptosis induced by SC-1. Finally, SC-1 reduced Huh-7 tumor growth significantly in vivo, which was associated with down-regulation of p-STAT3 and up-regulation of SHP-1 activity. STAT3 is a major kinase-independent target of sorafenib in HCC.Journal of Hepatology 02/2011; 55(5):1041-8. DOI:10.1016/j.jhep.2011.01.047 · 10.40 Impact Factor