Protective role of cytosolic 2-cys peroxiredoxin in the TNF-α-induced apoptotic death of human cancer cells

Joo Young Lee, Hyung Jung Jung, In Sung Song, Mark S. Williams, Chulhee Choi, Sue Goo Rhee, Jiyoung Kim, Sang Won Kang

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Cytosolic 2-cys peroxiredoxin (2-cysPrx) exhibiting thioredoxin-dependent hydroperoxide reductase activity has been demonstrated to be involved in a number of signaling processes, such as receptor tyrosine kinase and MAP kinase activation. However, its role in the cell death pathway has yet to be elucidated. Here we show that cytosolic 2-cysPrx suppresses the TNF-α-induced apoptosis of human cervical cancer cells in a caspase-8-dependent manner. The HeLa cervical cancer cells expressing a dominant negative mutant (DN) of a cytosolic 2-cysPrx manifested remarkable increase in intracellular reactive oxygen species level, which was counteracted by catalase administration, and apoptotic cell death induced by combined treatment of TNF-α and cycloheximide compared to the control (CT) cells. Similarly, the DN cells were also susceptible to apoptosis induced by the TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand. The apoptosis enhanced by DN expression was shown to be dependent on a typical FADD/caspase pathway. The DN cells undergoing apoptosis showed enhanced caspase-8 and -3 activations, as compared to the CT cells. In contrast, there was no difference observed in the sustained JNK activation between CT and DN cells. Thus, this study illustrates that intracellular reactive oxygen species regulated by cytosolic 2-cysPrx is involved in the TNF-α-induced apoptotic cell death via controlling caspase activation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1162-1171
Number of pages10
JournalFree Radical Biology and Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - 15 Oct 2009

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Funding Information:
We thank Dr. Tae Ho Lee (Yonsei University, Korea) for FADD construct. This study was supported by 21C Frontier Functional Proteomics Project (FPR08-B1-190), the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (R01-2007-000-11663), and National Core Research Center for Cell Signalling and Drug Discovery Research in Ewha Womans University (R15-2006-020) grants funded by the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology. J.Y. Lee and H.J. Jung were supported by Brain Korea 21 grant from the Korea Ministry of Education, Science & Technology. S. G. Rhee is supported by National Honor Scientist program grant (2006-05106).


  • 2-cys peroxiredoxin
  • Apoptosis
  • Caspase
  • Reactive oxygen species
  • Tumor necrosis factor-α


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