Hsp25-induced radioresistance is associated with reduction of death by apoptosis: Involvement of Bcl2 and the cell cycle

S. H. Park, H. N. Cho, S. J. Lee, T. H. Kim, Y. Lee, Y. M. Park, Y. J. Lee, C. K. Cho, S. Y. Yoo, Y. S. Lee

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We previously demonstrated the protective effect of the small heat-shock protein against oxidative damage induced by tumor necrosis factor α. Here we have extended our studies of the possible role of Hsp25 in ionizing radiation-induced damage. For these studies, we transfected murine fibroblast L929 cells with the Hsp25 gene and selected three stably transfected clones. Hsp25 overexpression conferred radioresistance as detected by clonogenic survival and induction of apoptosis. Interestingly, the Hsp25-transfected cells showed an increase in the level of the anti-apoptosis molecule Bcl2. We also observed alterations of cell growth in the Hsp25-transfected cells. The cell cycle time of Hsp25-transfected cells was 3-4 h slower than that of vector-transfected control cells. Flow cytometry analysis of synchronized cells at late G1 phase by mimosine treatment also showed the growth delay in Hsp25-overexpressing cells. In addition, reduced cyclin D1, cyclin A and Cdc2 levels and increased levels of Cdkn1a (also known as p21(Waf)) were observed in Hsp25-transfected cells, which probably caused the reduction in cell growth. In addition, synchronization by mimosine treatment only partially altered radioresistance in the Hsp25-transfected cells. Taken together, these data suggest that Hsp25-induced radioresistance is associated with growth delay as well as induction of Bcl2. (C) 2000 by Radiation Research Society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-428
Number of pages8
JournalRadiation Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000


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