Differentiation; research in biological diversity

Role of ubiquitin carboxyl terminal hydrolase in the differentiation of human acute lymphoblastic leukemia cell line, Reh.

PMID 8935929


We have previously demonstrated that the phorbol ester 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate (TPA), induces differentiation of the acute lymphoblastic leukemia cell line, Reh, to a mature non-dividing state. Associated with this differentiation is the expression of ubiquitin carboxyl terminal hydrolase (UCH-L1). To investigate the role of UCH-L1 in TPA-induced Reh differentiation and apoptosis, molecular and chemical inhibition was used. Molecularly, a sequence-specific antisense oligodeoxynucleotide (AODN) directed against UCH-L1 transcript was used to inhibit the expression of the gene. In addition, its complementary sense oligodeoxynucleotide (SODN) was used to indicate the specificity of AODN action. Chemically, sodium borohydride (NaBH4), an inhibitor of UCH-L, was used to block the transcript product. TPA-induced changes in Reh cell growth and morphology, UCH-L1 protein expression, apoptosis contour, surface phenotype, and enzymatic profile were assessed in the presence or absence of NaBH4, AODN or SODN. As previously reported, TPA induced Reh cells to differentiate into monocytoid B lymphocytes and stimulated the apoptotic pathway. However, adding NaBH4 or AODN inhibited the TPA effect on all parameters measured except apoptosis. The sequence in which NaBH4 or AODN were added in relation to TPA did not affect any of the response variables measured. The use of SODN did not influence any of the parameters measured, indicating the specificity of the action. Thus, we conclude that UCH-L1 is involved in the differentiation process of the lymphoblastic leukemia cell line, Reh. Our data suggest that TPA-induced apoptosis of Reh cells has a separate pathway from that of differentiation or that UCH-L1 expression is independent of the apoptotic pathway.

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