Retinoic acid/alpha-interferon combination inhibits growth and promotes apoptosis in mantle cell lymphoma through Akt-dependent modulation of critical targets.
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is characterized by a profound deregulation of the mechanisms controlling cell-cycle progression and survival. We herein show that the combination of 9-cis-retinoic acid (RA) and IFN-α induces marked antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects in MCL cells through the modulation of critical targets. Particularly, IFN-α enhances RA-mediated G(0)-G(1) cell accumulation by downregulating cyclin D1 and increasing p27(Kip1) and p21(WAF1/Cip1) protein levels. Furthermore, RA/IFN-α combination also induces apoptosis by triggering both caspases-8 and -9 resulting in Bax and Bak activation. In particular, RA/IFN-α treatment downregulates the antiapoptotic Bcl-xL and Bfl-1 proteins and upregulates the proapoptotic BH3-only Noxa protein. Sequestration of Mcl-1 and Bfl-1 by upregulated Noxa results in the activation of Bid, and the consequent induction of apoptosis is inhibited by Noxa silencing. Noxa upregulation is associated with nuclear translocation of the FOXO3a transcription factor as consequence of RA/IFN-α-induced Akt inhibition. Pharmacologic suppression of Akt, but not of TORC1, increases Noxa protein levels and downregulates Bfl-1 protein supporting the conclusion that the inhibition of the Akt pathway, the resulting FOXO3a activation and Noxa upregulation are critical molecular mechanisms underlying RA/IFN-α-dependent MCL cell apoptosis. These results support the potential therapeutic value of RA/IFN-α combination in MCL management.
Cancer Bio-Immunotherapy Unit, Department of Medical Oncology, Centro di Riferimento Oncologico, IRCCS - National Cancer Institute, Aviano, PN, Italy.
SourceCancer research 72:7 2012 Apr 1 pg 1825-35
Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
Cell Line, Tumor
Forkhead Transcription Factors
Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt
Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-2
Receptors, Retinoic Acid
Retinoid X Receptors
Pub Type(s)Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't