Activation of Nuclear Factor-kappa B signaling promotes cellular senescence

Department of Neurodegenerative Disease, UCL Institute of Neurology, London, UK.
Oncogene (Impact Factor: 8.46). 01/2011; 30(20):2356-66. DOI: 10.1038/onc.2010.611
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Cellular senescence is a programme of irreversible cell cycle arrest that normal cells undergo in response to progressive shortening of telomeres, changes in telomeric structure, oncogene activation or oxidative stress. The underlying signalling pathways, of major clinicopathological relevance, are unknown. We combined genome-wide expression profiling with genetic complementation to identify genes that are differentially expressed when conditionally immortalised human fibroblasts undergo senescence upon activation of the p16-pRB and p53-p21 tumour suppressor pathways. This identified 816 up and 961 downregulated genes whose expression was reversed when senescence was bypassed. Overlay of this data set with the meta-signatures of genes upregulated in cancer showed that nearly 50% of them were downregulated upon senescence showing that even though overcoming senescence may only be one of the events required for malignant transformation, nearly half of the genes upregulated in cancer are related to it. Moreover 65 of the up and 26 of the downregulated genes are known downstream targets of nuclear factor (NF)-κB suggesting that senescence was associated with activation of the NF-κB pathway. Direct perturbation of this pathway bypasses growth arrest indicating that activation of NF-κB signalling has a causal role in promoting senescence.

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    • "Thus, in addition to the well-studied antiapoptotic activity of NF-kB (Finco et al., 1997; Hanson et al., 2004; Mayo et al., 1997), our current work highlights that during tumor initiation NF-kB protects transformed cells against a suppressive mechanism mediated by immune surveillance. RESULTS p65 Acts as a Tumor Suppressor in Precancerous Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts Previous results showed that p65 acts as a tumor suppressor in cytogenetically normal mouse and human fibroblasts by regulating genomic stability through DNA repair (Rovillain et al., 2011; Wang et al., 2009). Consistent with these results, we observed that primary p65 À/À mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) escaped senescence and transitioned into a precancerous , immortalized state considerably faster than p65 +/+ littermate cells (Figure 1A). "
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    • "Hardy and colleagues used cDNA microarrays to identify genes that were differentially expressed when conditionally immortal HMF3A fibroblasts underwent senescence growth arrest, followed by in silico promoter analysis of the differential genes and electrophoretic mobility shift assays (Hardy et al., 2005). Rovillain et al. (2011) extended this study using genomewide expression profiling, in conjunction with inactivation of the p16 INK4A -pRB and p53-p21 CIP1/WAF1/SDI1 tumor suppressor pathways, in HMF3A cells, to identify genes that were downregulated upon senescence . This data, coupled to bioinformatic transcription factor analysis, revealed that B-MYB was one of the most highly downregulated transcription factors upon senescence. "
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    • "Interestingly, recent publications postulated that senescence-associated and predominantly NF-κB-driven cytokines, collectively termed “senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP)”, may reinforce the senescent cell-cycle arrest (Acosta et al., 2008; Coppe et al., 2008; Kuilmann et al., 2008; Rovillain et al., 2011). These - on first sight - counter-intuitive, double-edged functions of NF-κB to promote both chemoresistance via anti-apoptosis and chemosensitivity via cellular senescence caught our attention to initiate an investigation to genetically determine the role of NF-κB in response to chemotherapy, with a special emphasis on TIS. "
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