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Cancer letters

The PI3 kinase inhibitor NVP-BKM120 induces GSK3/FBXW7-dependent Mcl-1 degradation, contributing to induction of apoptosis and enhancement of TRAIL-induced apoptosis.


PMID 23562472

Abstract

This study focuses on determining whether and how the novel PI3 kinase inhibitor NVP-BKM120 (BKM120) induces apoptosis and enhances TRAIL-induced apoptosis in human lung cancer cells. We found that BKM120 reduced Mcl-1 levels across the tested cell lines along with induction of apoptosis and enhancement of TRAIL-induced apoptosis. Enforced expression of ectopic Mcl-1 significantly attenuated the effects of BKM120 alone or in combination with TRAIL on induction of apoptosis. Thus Mcl-1 downregulation contributes to BKM120-induced apoptosis or enhancement of TRAIL-induced apoptosis. Moreover, we have demonstrated that BMK120 decreases Mcl-1 levels through facilitating its degradation involving a GSK3/FBXW7-dependent mechanism.