Human Glutathione S-Transferase P1 Suppresses MEKK1-mediated Apoptosis by Regulating MEKK1 Kinase Activity in HEK293 Cells

  • Zhao, Xin (Jiangsu Province Key Laboratory for Molecular and Medical Biotechnology, College of Life Science, Nanjing Normal University) ;
  • Fan, Yumei (Jiangsu Province Key Laboratory for Molecular and Medical Biotechnology, College of Life Science, Nanjing Normal University) ;
  • Shen, Jiayin (Jiangsu Province Key Laboratory for Molecular and Medical Biotechnology, College of Life Science, Nanjing Normal University) ;
  • Wu, Yifan (Jiangsu Province Key Laboratory for Molecular and Medical Biotechnology, College of Life Science, Nanjing Normal University) ;
  • Yin, Zhimin (Jiangsu Province Key Laboratory for Molecular and Medical Biotechnology, College of Life Science, Nanjing Normal University)
  • Received : 2006.02.15
  • Accepted : 2006.04.21
  • Published : 2006.06.30


Glutathione S-transferase P1 (GSTP1) plays an important role in detoxification and the metabolism of xenobiotics. Here we show that GSTP1 also regulates the MEKK1-MKK7 signaling pathway. Over-expression of GSTP1 in HEK293 cells inhibited both ${\Delta}MEKK1$- and etoposide-induced apoptosis, and inhibited procaspase-3 activation and PARP cleavage. MEKK1- induced apoptosis requires both its kinase activity and proteolytic cleavage. ${\Delta}MEKK1$ activity was inhibited by over-expression of GSTP1 in vivo and MEKK1 kinase activity was also inhibited by GSTP1 in vitro when assayed with bacterially-expressed MKK7(KM) protein as substrate. GSTP1 inhibition of etoposide-induced cell apoptosis was mainly due to its ability to suppress MEKK1 kinase activity. The glutathione-conjugating activity of GSTP1 was essential for the above effects. These findings provide insight into the mechanism by which GSTP1 protects cells from genotoxin-induced apoptosis.


Apoptosis;Caspase-3;Etoposide;GSTP1;Kinase Activity;MEKK1


Supported by : National Nature Science Foundation of China


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