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Overexpression of both catalytically active and -inactive cathepsin D by cancer cells enhances apoptosis-dependent chemo-sensitivity.

Abstract : The aspartic protease cathepsin D (cath-D) is a key mediator of induced-apoptosis and its proteolytic activity has been generally involved in this event. During apoptosis, cath-D is translocated to the cytosol. Because cath-D is one of the lysosomal enzymes that requires a more acidic pH to be proteolytically active relative to the cysteine lysosomal enzymes such as cath-B and -L, it is therefore open to question whether cytosolic cath-D might be able to cleave substrate(s) implicated in the apoptotic cascade. Here, we have investigated the role of wild-type cath-D and its proteolytically inactive counterpart overexpressed by 3Y1-Ad12 cancer cells during chemotherapeutic-induced cytotoxicity and apoptosis, as well as the relevance of cath-D catalytic function. We demonstrate that wild-type or mutated catalytically inactive cath-D strongly enhances chemo-sensitivity and apoptotic response to etoposide. Both wild-type and mutated inactive cath-D are translocated to the cytosol, increasing the release of cytochrome c, the activation of caspases-9 and -3 and the induction of a caspase-dependent apoptosis. In addition, pretreatment of cells with the aspartic protease inhibitor, pepstatin A, does not prevent apoptosis. Interestingly therefore, the stimulatory effect of cath-D on cell death is independent of its catalytic activity. Overall, our results imply that cytosolic cath-D stimulates apoptotic pathways by interacting with a member of the apoptotic machinery rather than by cleaving specific substrate(s).
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Mélanie Beaujouin, Stephen Baghdiguian, Murielle Glondu-Lassis, Guy Berchem, Emmanuelle Liaudet-Coopman. Overexpression of both catalytically active and -inactive cathepsin D by cancer cells enhances apoptosis-dependent chemo-sensitivity.. Oncogene, Nature Publishing Group, 2006, 25 (13), pp.1967-73. ⟨10.1038/sj.onc.1209221⟩. ⟨inserm-00153749⟩



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