Notch-regulation upon Dll4-stimulation of TGFb-induced apoptosis and gene expression in human B-cell non-hodgkin lymphomas

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Notch-signalling has been implicated as a pathogenetic factor and a therapeutical target in T-cell leukaemias and in some lymphomas of B-cell origin. Our aim was to investigate the role of Notch-signalling in apoptosis regulation in human non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphoma (B-NHL) cell lines and in primary chronic lymhocytic leukaemia (CLL) cells using Delta-like 4 (Dll4) ligand mediated Notch activation and gamma-secretase inhibitor (GSI) mediated Notch inhibition in vitro. The potential cross-talk of Notch with the transforming growth factor-beta (TGFb) pathway in apoptosis induction was also explored, and the effect of GSI on drug-induced apoptosis was assessed. Modulation of Notch-signalling by itself did not change the rate of apoptosis in B-NHL cell lines and in CLL cells. TGFb-induced apoptosis was decreased - but not completely abolished - by GSI in TGFb-sensitive cell lines, but resistance to the apoptotic effects of TGFb were not reversed by Notch activation or inhibition. Drug-induced apoptosis was not modified by GSI. We identified Hairy/Enhancer of Split (HES)-1 as a TGFb target gene in selected - TGFb-sensitive - B-NHL cell lines. TGFb-induced HES-1 was only partially Notch-dependent in later phases. Apoptosis regulation by TGFb and GSI was not dependent on the transcriptional regulation of c-myc. In conclusion, our data does not support a unifying role of Notch in regulating apoptosis in B-NHL, but warns that gamma-secretase inhibitors may actually counteract apoptosis in some cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
JournalScandinavian Journal of Immunology
Volume71
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

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B-Cell Lymphoma
Amyloid Precursor Protein Secretases
Transforming Growth Factor beta
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Apoptosis
Gene Expression
Cell Line
Leukemia
T-Cell Leukemia
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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