Human T-Cell Leukemia Virus Type 1 Tax Dysregulates -Catenin Signaling

Division of Molecular Virology and Oncology, Graduate School of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, 207 Uehara, Nishihara, Okinawa 903-0215, Japan.
Journal of Virology (Impact Factor: 4.44). 12/2006; 80(21):10497-505. DOI: 10.1128/JVI.00739-06
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Dysregulation of beta-catenin signaling has been implicated in the malignant transformation of cells. However, the role of beta-catenin in the human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1)-induced transformation of T cells is unknown. Here we found that beta-catenin protein was overexpressed in the nucleus and that beta-catenin-dependent transcription was significantly enhanced in Tax-positive HTLV-1-infected T-cell lines compared to that in Tax-negative HTLV-1-infected T-cell lines. Transfection with beta-catenin-specific small interfering RNA inhibited the growth of the Tax-positive HTLV-1-infected T-cell line HUT-102. Transient transfection of Tax appeared to enhance beta-catenin-dependent transcription by stabilizing the beta-catenin protein via activation of the cyclic AMP (cAMP) response element-binding protein. HTLV-1-infected T-cell lines overexpressing beta-catenin also showed increased Akt activity via Tax activation of the cAMP response element-binding protein, resulting in the phosphorylation and inactivation of glycogen synthase kinase 3beta, which phosphorylates beta-catenin for ubiquitination. The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitor LY294002 reduced beta-catenin expression in Tax-positive T-cell lines, and inactivation of glycogen synthase kinase 3beta by lithium chloride restored beta-catenin expression in Tax-negative T-cell lines. Finally, we showed that dominant-negative Akt inhibited Tax-induced beta-catenin-dependent transcription. These results indicate that Tax activates beta-catenin through the Akt signaling pathway. Our findings suggest that activation of beta-catenin by Tax may be important in the transformation of T cells by HTLV-1 infection.

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    • "Previous report indicated that the GSK3-mediated Bcl3 protein degradation is induced by inhibition of de novo protein synthesis with cycloheximide (CHX), and this degradation is inhibited by the activation of PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in 293 T cells (Viatour et al., 2004). On the other hand, previous report also indicated that Tax enhances the inactivation of GSK3 to inhibit β-catenin protein degradation through PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in HTLV-1-infected T cell line (Tomita et al., 2006). We therefore compared the effects of PI3K/Akt inhibitor LY294002 and GSK3 inhibitor LiCl on both Taxnegative (MT-1) and Tax-positive (MT-2) HTLV-1 infected human T cell lines. "
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