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

ArticleinJournal of Virology 80(21):10497-505 · December 2006with13 Reads
DOI: 10.1128/JVI.00739-06 · Source: PubMed
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.
    • "Tax also modulates the signaling pathway regulated by Akt, which is constitutively active in the majority of patients with ATLL [120]. Akt induces the activation of transcription factors, such as AP-1 and β-catenin [121], leading to expression of Bcl-xL, the repression of p53, and overall cell survival. In addition to the structural proteins, HTVL-1 encodes two accessory proteins, p12 and p13, that have been implicated in the regulation of Bcl-2 family members and caspase 3 and 9 (Figure 4B) [122]. "
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    • "Furthermore, Tax could also recruit CREB and its associated HATs to other cellular genes, including those encoding miRNAs, which contain sequences homologous to the TREs, and up-regulate their transcription. In fact, Tax mediated up-regulation via CREB signaling pathway activation has been observed with the host gene β-catenin (Tomita et al., 2006). "
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