Mediation of the Antiapoptotic Activity of Bcl-xL Protein upon Interaction with VDAC1 Protein

Department of Life Sciences and the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 05/2012; 287(27):23152-61. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M112.345918
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The mitochondrial protein, the voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC), is implicated in the control of apoptosis, including via its interaction with the pro- and antiapoptotic proteins. We previously demonstrated the direct interaction of Bcl2 with VDAC, leading to reduced channel conductance. VDAC1-based peptides interacted with Bcl2 to prevent its antiapoptotic activity. Here, using a variety of approaches, we show the interaction of the antiapoptotic protein, Bcl-xL, with VDAC1 and reveal that this interaction mediates Bcl-xL protection against apoptosis. C-terminally truncated Bcl-xL(Δ21) interacts with purified VDAC1, as revealed by microscale thermophoresis and as reflected in the reduced channel conductivity of bilayer-reconstituted VDAC1. Overexpression of Bcl-xL prevented staurosporine-induced apoptosis in cells expressing native VDAC1 but not certain VDAC1 mutants. Having identified mutations in VDAC1 that interfere with the Bcl-xL interaction, certain peptides representing VDAC1 sequences, including the N-terminal domain, were designed and generated as recombinant and synthetic peptides. The VDAC1 N-terminal region and two internal sequences were found to bind specifically, and in a concentration- and time-dependent manner, to immobilized Bcl-xL(Δ21), as revealed by surface plasmon resonance. Moreover, expression of the recombinant peptides in cells overexpressing Bcl-xL prevented protection offered by the protein against staurosporine-induced apoptosis. These results point to Bcl-xL acting as antiapoptotic protein, promoting tumor cell survival via binding to VDAC1. These findings suggest that interfering with Bcl-xL binding to the mitochondria by VDAC1-based peptides may serve to induce apoptosis in cancer cells and to potentiate the efficacy of conventional chemotherapeutic agents.

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    • "mitochondrial membrane, VDACs interact directly with a plethora of pro-and anti-apoptotic factors, either members of the Bcl-2 protein family such as Bcl-xL (Arbel et al., 2012; Malia and Wagner, 2007), Bid/tBid(Rostovtseva et al., 2004), Bax/Bak, (Shimizu et al., 2001), hexokinases (Godbole et al., 2013) or Bnip3 (Chaanine et al., 2013). The precise molecular functions and stoichiometries of these VDAC/apoptotic factor complexes are poorly understood, although tentative structural predictions for several VDAC/effector complexes have been suggested (G.Veresov and Davidovskii, 2014). "
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    • "Measuring the thermophoretic behaviour of a protein in the presence of differing ligand concentrations by MST allows quantitative analysis of molecular interactions in solution on the microlitre scale. The MST technique has previously been used to investigate protein-protein2122, small organic molecule-protein232425 and antibody-protein interactions26. "
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