Livin abrogates apoptosis of SPC-A1 cell by regulating JNKI signaling pathway

Yu Sheng Chen, Hong Ru Li, Ming Lin, Gang Chen, Bao Song Xie, Neng Luan Xu, Li Fang Lin

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Livin, a novel member of inhibitors of apoptosis protein, is highly expressed in tumor tissues. It is a potential target in tumor therapy. Silencing its gene expression has been found to promote tumor cell apoptosis or increase tumor sensitivity to therapies. This paper studied the effect of livin anti-apoptotic activity and examined its molecular mechanisms. In the study, higher levels of cell apoptosis were measured by FACS in the experiment group with livin expression silenced than that in controls (P < 0.05). After livin gene expression was knocked down, cleaved caspase-3 protein was up-regulated but caspase-3 mRNA expression was almost the same, the phosphorylated JNK1 protein was down-regulated but JNK1 mRNA and total JNK1 protein expression was approximately the same too. The results suggest that livin may exert anti-apoptotic action on SPC-A1 by activating JNK1 signaling pathway and inhibiting caspase-3 activation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2241-2247
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular Biology Reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Apoptosis
  • Human livin protein
  • JNK1 kinase
  • RNA interference
  • shRNA


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