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    ABSTRACT: Significant growth inhibition and induction of apoptosis by IFN-beta in cancer cells including colorectal cancer cells have been observed. We and others have previously reported the Stat 1 induction of TRAIL is a crucial step in the IFN-beta induced apoptosis pathway. However, when evaluating the sensitivity of a panel of colorectal cancer cell lines, we found no clear correlation between activation of the Jak/Stat signaling pathway and response to interferon. In the present study, we have evaluated the interaction of the PI3k/Akt pathway and IFN-beta induced apoptosis in human colorectal cancer cells. The results demonstrate a correlation between Akt activity, phosphorylation of Bad and resistance to interferon-induced apoptosis in these cells. The association of activation of Akt, phosphorylation of Bad and resistance to IFN-beta-induced apoptosis was further supported by the observation that disruption of the pathway in a more resistant cell line led to sensitization, and expression of an activated Akt in a more sensitive cell line led to increased resistance. Taken together, this data indicates that the PI3/Akt kinase pathway may be an important contributor to IFN-beta sensitivity and resistance in colorectal cancer cells. This data demonstrates a potential pathway by which cells may develop resistance to IFN, and further elucidation of this process may allow us to better target IFN therapy.
    Cancer biology & therapy 08/2005; 4(7):709-15. · 3.29 Impact Factor
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    Hanqin Lei, Patrick J. Furlong, Jin Hee Ra
    Cancer Biology & Therapy - CANCER BIOL THER. 01/2005; 4(7):709-715.