The inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) proteins have pivotal roles in cell proliferation and differentiation, and antagonizing IAPs in certain cancer cell lines results in induction of cell death. A variety of IAP antagonist compounds targeting the baculovirus IAP protein repeat 3 (BIR3) domain of cIAP1have advanced into clinical trials. Here we sought to compare and contrast the biochemical activities of selected monovalent and bivalent IAP antagonists with the intent of identifying functional differences between these two classes of IAP antagonist drug candidates. The anti-cellular IAP1 (cIAP1) and pro-apoptotic activities of monovalent IAP antagonists were increased by using a single covalent bond to combine the monovalent moieties at the P4 position. In addition, regardless of drug concentration, treatment with monovalent compounds resulted in consistently higher levels of residual cIAP1 compared with that seen following bivalent compound treatment. We found that the remaining residual cIAP1 following monovalent compound treatment was predominantly tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor-associated factor 2 (TRAF2)-associated cIAP1. As a consequence, bivalent compounds were more effective at inhibiting TNF-induced activation of p65/NF-κB compared with monovalent compounds. Moreover, extension of the linker chain at the P4 position of bivalent compounds resulted in a decreased ability to degrade TRAF2-associated cIAP1 in a manner similar to monovalent compounds. This result implied that specific bivalent IAP antagonists but not monovalent compounds were capable of inducing formation of a cIAP1 E3 ubiquitin ligase complex with the capacity to effectively degrade TRAF2-associated cIAP1. These results further suggested that only certain bivalent IAP antagonists are preferred for the targeting of TNF-dependent signaling for the treatment of cancer or infectious diseases.
The inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) family of proteins is characterized by the presence of at least one baculovirus IAP protein repeat (BIR) domain. To date, eight human IAPs have been characterized.1 Dysregulation of the IAPs has been observed in multiple cancer cell lines and tumor samples and has been suggested as contributing to chemoresistance and treatment failure.2,
Following TNFR1 stimulation, the receptor interacting protein kinase 1 (RIPK1) is K63 ubiquitylated by the cIAP1 E3 ligase complex which then acts as a scaffold on which the protein complex, that is, TAB2/TAB3/TAK and IKKα/IKKβ/IKKγ, are assembled for IκB phosphorylation and canonical NF-κB activation.16,
In this study, we examined a selection of monovalent and bivalent IAP antagonists and found that specific bivalent IAP antagonists inhibit the TNF-mediated NF-κB signal transduction pathway in cancer cells. Monovalent IAP antagonists, in contrast, were less effective at depleting TRAF2-associated cIAP1 and thus inhibiting canonical p65/NF-κB activation following TNF stimulation. Owing to the pleiotropic nature of the IAPs as critical proteins not only for cell survival, but also for immunoregulation and inflammatory responses, the therapeutic utility of monovalent and bivalent IAP antagonists needs to be adjusted based on their biochemical properties.
Bivalent IAP antagonists promoted the degradation of cIAP1 more effectively than their monovalent counterparts
In order to investigate the mechanism of cIAP1 auto-ubiquitylation and degradation induced by either monovalent or bivalent IAP antagonist treatment, we employed three pairs of bivalent and monovalent IAP antagonists (Figure 1a). The monovalent compounds comprised the individual monomeric moieties of the associated P4-linked biindole-based bivalent IAP antagonists. Recently, we demonstrated that β-branching of the amino acid residue at the P2 position of certain bivalent IAP antagonists was associated with pan-IAP antagonism.34 Monovalent IAP antagonists, M1, M2 and M3, possessed aminobutyric acid (Abu), O-methyl-threonine [Thr(Me)] or tert-leucine (Tle), at the P2 position, respectively, which corresponded to the respective bivalent IAP antagonists B1, B2 and B3. Birinapant (B1) is currently in clinical trials for the treatment of solid tumors, hematological malignancies and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.35,
Monovalent IAP antagonists failed to induce the quantitative loss of cIAP1
For comparative purposes, we developed a structurally unique monovalent compound, M4, containing Tle at the P2 position, which was ~100-fold more potent than M1, M2 or M3 in the GFP-cIAP1 degradation assay (Table 1). Relative to the clinical compound B1, M4 was ~20-fold more potent in the GFP-cIAP1 assay and thus, in this analysis, M4 represented the most potent monovalent IAP antagonist in our biochemical assays (Figure 1b and Table 1). Consistent with these results, M4 and B1 were effective at decreasing endogenous cIAP1 levels when assessed by western blot analysis (Figures 2a and b). Although M4 appeared to induce a more rapid loss of cIAP1 than B1 at ⩽1 h post-IAP antagonist addition (Figures 2a and b), B1 reduced cIAP1 to lower levels than M4 upon longer incubation or at higher concentrations (Figure 2b). Similar results were observed in both A375 and HeLa cells treated with the same IAP antagonists (Figures 2a and b).
In an attempt to further document the differences between bivalent and monovalent compounds, immunoprecipitation (IP) experiments using an anti-cIAP1 antibody were performed. In agreement with the results shown in Figures 2a and b, IP experiments demonstrated that B1 treatment depleted >95% of the total cIAP1 protein (Figure 2c, lanes 1 and 2). In contrast, ~20% cIAP1 remained following M4 treatment (Figure 2c, lane 8). The bivalent compounds, B2 and B3, showed similar results to B1 (Figure 2c, lanes 4 and 6). Treatment with each monovalent compound resulted in a higher residual cIAP1 level when compared with the bivalent IAP antagonists (Figure 2c lanes 3, 5 and 7). Although these differences in residual cIAP1 levels following monovalent or bivalent IAP antagonist treatment were modest, they were readily demonstrated by immunoprecipitating cIAP1 and the differences were observed in multiple experiments in both cell lines. These results suggested that a portion of cIAP1 existed which was resistant to monovalent IAP antagonist treatment despite comparable binding affinities to the cIAP1 BIR3 domain, and induction of cIAP1 auto-ubiquitylation and degradation.
Increasing linker length of bivalent IAP antagonists negatively impacted cIAP1 loss
By virtue of intramolecular cIAP1 RING–BIR3 interactions, monomeric cIAP1 exists in an auto-inhibited state.13,15 However, cIAP1 requires intermolecular RING dimerization to function as an E3 ubiquitin ligase enzyme. We have previously demonstrated that bivalent IAP antagonists such as B1, but not monovalent IAP antagonists, stabilized the cIAP1 RING dimer possibly by simultaneous occupation of both cIAP1 BIR3 domains, that is, by BIR3 domain cross-linking.13,34 We next addressed whether the linker length between the two monomer halves of a bivalent IAP antagonist would impact cIAP1 auto-degradation.
Two series of bivalent IAP antagonists that separated the monomer halves of B1 or B3 by 1 (extended linker=methylene, EL1), 2 (extended linker=ethylene, EL2) or 4 (extended linker=butylene, EL4) carbon atoms were prepared (thus, ‘bivalent-extended linker’, B-EL); each series independently maintained Abu or Tle at the respective P2 positions (Supplementary Figure S1). Because these structurally related analogs differed only in the length of the linker chain, the in vitro binding affinities to the isolated cIAP1 BIR3 domain were unchanged, as determined by the FP assay (Table 1). In the GFP-cIAP1 degradation assay, the linker-extended B1 analogs (P2=Abu) lost activity in a linker length-dependent fashion, that is, B1>B1-EL1>B1-EL2≈B1-EL4, suggesting that unlike B1, these linker-extended analogs were less able to stabilize the cIAP1 E3 ligase complex.
In contrast, when P2=Tle, B3 and each of the linker-extended analogs, that is, B3-EL1, B3-EL2 and B3-EL4, maintained a comparable ability to degrade GFP-cIAP1, likely due to the increased hydrophobicity of the Tle residue relative to Abu (Supplementary Figure S1). Strikingly, however, despite the low IC50 value in the GFP-cIAP1 assay, treatment of A375 and HeLa cells with B3-EL4 resulted in higher levels of residual cIAP1 than either B1 or B3 treatment (Table 1 and Figure 2). These results were similar to those observed following treatment with M4 or other monovalent IAP antagonists (Figure 2), suggesting that a fraction of cIAP1 remained resistant to a subset of IAP antagonists.
Both monovalent and bivalent IAP antagonists promoted RIPK1:caspase-8 complex formation and apoptosis in sensitive cancer cell lines
In IAP antagonist-sensitive cancer cells, depletion of cIAP1 following IAP antagonist treatment resulted in the formation of a RIPK1:caspase-8 complex with subsequent activation of caspase-8.16,32,38 To address the fraction of cIAP1 that remained following monovalent IAP antagonist treatment, we first considered the induction of the RIPK1:caspase-8 complex by monovalent or bivalent IAP antagonist treatment in EVSA-T cells, an IAP antagonist-sensitive breast cancer cell line. Following IAP antagonist treatment, EVSA-T-cell lysates were subjected to IP using anti-caspase-8 antibody, then immunoblotted with the anti-RIPK1 antibody. As shown in Figure 3, both monovalent and bivalent antagonists promoted RIPK1:caspase-8 complex formation albeit to varying degrees. Bivalent IAP antagonists, B1, B2 and B3, more efficiently induced the RIPK1:caspase-8 complex (Figure 3a, lanes 2, 4 and 6) compared with the corresponding monovalent analogs, that is, M1, M2 and M3 (Figure 3a, lanes 3, 5 and 9, respectively). In a linker-dependent fashion, treatment with B3-EL2 or B3-EL4 resulted in reduced formation of the RIPK1:caspase-8 complex, which was consistent with their reduced capacity to induce cell death in the EVSA-T-cell line (Figure 3a, lanes 6–8 and Table 1). In addition, treatment with either M4- or B1- induced RIPK1:caspase-8 complex formation and activated caspase-8 which correlated with their abilities to induce EVSA-T-cell death (Figure 3b and Table 1). These results suggested that cIAP1 degradation was necessary for the formation of the RIPK1:caspase-8 complex and that RIPK1:caspase-8 complex formation was associated with cytotoxicity in EVSA-T cells. Consistent with this data, similar results were observed in the IAP antagonist-sensitive MDA-MB-231 triple-negative breast cancer cell line (Supplementary Figure S2). Thus, under these experimental conditions, both monovalent and bivalent IAP antagonist treatment resulted in sufficient cIAP1 loss to support RIPK1:caspase-8 complex formation and induction of apoptosis in sensitive cancer cell lines.
Bivalent IAP antagonists, but not monovalent IAP antagonists, depleted cIAP1 from TRAF2
We next sought to characterize the pool of cIAP1 that remained after monovalent IAP antagonist treatment of EVSA-T cells. We have previously shown that TRAF2-associated cIAP1 comprised ~25% of the total cIAP1 expressed in HeLa cells and that B1 treatment was capable of degrading both TRAF2- and non-TRAF2-associated cIAP1 and cIAP2 in this cell line.32 We hypothesized that the cIAP1 remaining after monovalent IAP antagonist treatment of EVSA-T cells might be partly attributable to residual TRAF2-associated cIAP1. To address this hypothesis, whole-cell lysates of EVSA-T cells, which were prepared in the experiment described in Figure 3, were subjected to co-IP using an anti-TRAF2 antibody (Figure 4). Quantitative assessment of the intensities of total and TRAF2-associated cIAP1 revealed that ~30% of cIAP1 was associated with TRAF2 in EVSA-T cells (total cIAP1 in whole-cell lysate is shown in Figure 3a, bottom panel, lane 1 and TRAF2-associated cIAP1 is shown in Figure 4a, lane 1). Treatment with bivalent IAP antagonists, B1, B2 and B3, depleted >95% of TRAF2-associated cIAP1 in EVSA-T cells (Figure 4a, lanes 2, 4 and 6). In contrast, ~20–25% of the TRAF2-associated cIAP1 remained after treatment with monovalent IAP antagonists including M4 (Figure 4a, lanes 3, 5 and 9 and Figure 4b). Notably, TRAF2-associated cIAP1 was resistant to M4 treatment throughout the time points investigated (Figure 4b). Similar results were also obtained using SK-OV-3 cells (Figure 4c). These results suggested that bivalent IAP antagonists, but not monovalent antagonists, induced formation of an active cIAP1 E3-ligase complex that could efficiently deplete TRAF2-associated cIAP1. Furthermore, while B3-EL2-depleted TRAF2-associated cIAP1 to levels comparable to B3 and other bivalent IAP antagonists, B3-EL4 failed to deplete TRAF2-associated cIAP1 to the same extent (Figure 4a, lanes 7 and 8). This result implied that B3-EL4 interacted with cIAP1 in a manner akin to monovalent IAP antagonists.
Bivalent IAP antagonists are more effective than monovalent IAP antagonists at inhibiting the TNF-mediated NF-κB signal transduction pathway
The TRAF2–cIAP1 protein complex is an essential component in promoting the nuclear translocation of p65/NF-κB and activation of the canonical NF-κB signal transduction pathway following TNF stimulation.39,40 We next addressed the effects of IAP antagonist treatment on TNF-mediated NF-κB signaling in HeLa cells (Figure 5). An immunofluorescence study using anti-p65/NF-κB antibody revealed that p65/NF-κB translocated into the nucleus in response to TNF stimulation in HeLa cells (Figure 5a) and bivalent IAP antagonists, B1, B2 and B3, inhibited the nuclear translocation of p65/NF-κB induced by TNF in a dose-dependent manner (Figure 5b and Supplementary Figure S3). In agreement with this observation, B1, B2 and B3 inhibited the transcriptional activity of p65/NF-κB, as determined by an NF-κB luciferase reporter gene assay (Figure 5c). The activity of B1 toward inhibition of p65/NF-κB-dependent gene transcription in HeLa cells was comparable to Sulfasalazine, an anti-inflammatory agent used in the management of inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis (Supplementary Figure S4). In contrast, neither B3-EL4 nor monovalent IAP antagonists inhibited the nuclear translocation of p65/NF-κB or expression of luciferase following TNF stimulation under these experimental conditions (Figures 5a–c and Supplementary Figure S3). We further investigated the correlation between GFP-cIAP1 degradation and inhibition of p65/NF-κB-mediated luciferase activity with >300 monovalent and bivalent IAP antagonists, including previously reported monovalent and bivalent IAP antagonists,16,41,
Inhibition of nuclear translocation of p65/NF-κB by bivalent IAP antagonist is cell type-dependent
The inhibition of TNF-mediated nuclear translocation of p65/NF-κB by bivalent IAP antagonists was further assessed in non-cancerous human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and MRC-5 fibroblast cells. Treatment with B1, B2 or B3 resulted in cIAP1 loss in MRC-5 cells (data not shown), but unlike HeLa cells, this did not result in the inhibition of TNF-mediated p65/NF-κB nuclear translocation (Figure 6a). Similarly, in comparison with HeLa cells, B1 treatment of HUVECs showed no inhibition of p65/NF-κB nuclear translocation following TNF stimulation (Figure 6b). These results suggested that the effect of these bivalent IAP antagonists on p65/NF-κB nuclear translocation is cell type-dependent.
cIAP1 and cIAP2 are single-subunit RING-containing E3 ubiquitin ligases and are recruited to TNFR complexes in order to modulate the receptor-mediated pathways leading to canonical p65/NF-κB activation.7,8,10 Ubiquitin transfer, or ubiquitylation, is a highly orchestrated process involving multiple proteins including a substrate protein, an E2–Ub conjugate and an E3 ubiquitin ligase, that is, RING-dimerized cIAP1 in this instance. IAP antagonists bind to the cIAP1 BIR3 domain and induce a conformational rearrangement, which promotes rapid RING domain-mediated dimerization, auto-ubiquitylation and cIAP1 degradation via the ubiquitin–proteasome system.13,45 The IAPs function as molecular switches between pro-survival and pro-apoptotic pathways at the TNFR1 and the loss of cIAP1 by IAP antagonist treatment results in formation of a RIPK1:caspase-8 complex and activation of the extrinsic apoptotic pathway in a subset of cancer cell lines.
In this study, we compared monovalent and bivalent IAP antagonists in the context of cIAP1 auto-ubiquitylation/degradation in sensitive cancer cells and found fundamental differences between these classes of IAP antagonists. We observed that a series of indole-based monovalent IAP antagonists were more effective inducers of cIAP1 loss when dimerized at the P4 position via a single covalent bond. We also showed that both monovalent and bivalent IAP antagonists including linker-extended compounds induced cIAP1 depletion and promoted RIPK1:caspase-8 complex formation, which correlated with their ability to degrade GFP-cIAP1 and induce cytotoxicity in cancer cell lines. In contrast, monovalent and bivalent IAP antagonists showed differences in the degradation of cIAP1, particularly at the TRAF2 complex. Bivalent IAP antagonists, B1, B2 and B3, induced the quantitative degradation of both TRAF2- and non-TRAF2-associated cIAP1, whereas monovalent IAP antagonists were less effective against TRAF2-associated cIAP1. In addition, the quantitative loss of TRAF2-associated cIAP1 following bivalent IAP antagonist treatment correlated with inhibition of TNF-stimulated p65/NF-κB nuclear translocation and gene transcription in the cancer cell lines tested. The inhibition of p65/NF-κB pathway following bivalent IAP antagonist treatment of sensitive cancer cells may offer an explanation as to why bivalent IAP antagonists are more cytotoxic than the structurally related monovalent IAP antagonists. Intriguingly, bivalent IAP antagonists did not inhibit the TNF-mediated p65/NF-κB nuclear translocation in MRC-5 fibroblast cells or HUVECs despite IAP antagonist-mediated degradation of cIAP1, suggesting that cIAP1 loss is required but not sufficient to inhibit TNF-mediated p65/NF-κB nuclear translocation in certain cell lines.
Although we cannot rule out the involvement of other mechanisms for the efficient inhibition of p65/NF-κB following bivalent IAP antagonist treatment, we further demonstrated that the IAP antagonist-induced loss of TRAF2-associated cIAP1 and subsequent inhibition of TNF-mediated p65/NF-κB signaling was negatively impacted by extension of the linker chain between the two monovalent IAP antagonist moieties. The loss of activity by linker chain extension was partly overcome by incorporation of the Tle residue at the P2 position; likely due to increased hydrophobicity near the central portion of the IAP antagonist, resulting in reduced diffusion away from the cIAP1 BIR3 binding groove. However, at the longest chain length tested, B3-EL4 treatment resulted in only partial TRAF2-associated cIAP1 loss and failed to inhibit the TNF-induced p65/NF-κB pathway. This result confirmed that bivalent IAP antagonists linked at P4 by only a single covalent bond degraded both TRAF2-associated and non-TRAF2-associated cIAP1 and inhibited TNF-mediated p65/NF-κB activation, whereas linker-extended variants like B3-EL4 displayed biochemical characteristics of a monovalent IAP antagonist. The inability of B3-EL4 or monovalent IAP antagonists to induce quantitative cIAP1 loss might reflect the instability of these IAP antagonist-induced cIAP1 E3 complexes. Alternatively, monovalent IAP antagonists might be less able to form the TRAF2-associated protein complex at reduced cIAP1 levels. A more in-depth biophysical analysis of the cIAP1 auto-ubiquitylation process will be required to address these fundamental mechanistic questions.
Monovalent and bivalent IAP antagonists have been demonstrated to induce cancer cell death in vitro and in vivo and several compounds are in development for the treatment of cancer.15,30 Lalaoui et al.46 recently demonstrated that birinapant (B1) treatment with the p38 inhibitor, LY2228820, was well-tolerated and increased cancer cell death in a highly aggressive oncogenic NRas mutant model of AML. Other studies have shown that IAPs are critical regulators of multiple pathways that include both innate and adaptive immune cell functions.47,
It has been shown that loss of cIAP1 following monovalent IAP antagonist treatment, that is, LBW-242, was TRAF2-dependent and that the LBW-242-induced loss of cIAP2 was both TRAF2- and cIAP1-dependent.51 In contrast, bivalent IAP antagonists were able to induce degradation of GFP-cIAP2 expressed in cIAP1/cIAP2 double knockout mouse embryonic fibroblast cells suggesting a cIAP1-independent role for cIAP2 degradation (data not shown). The results presented in this study provide new insights into the use of IAP antagonists by further characterizing IAP-dependent biochemical activities which now include cIAP1 degradation via ubiquitylation, RIPK1-dependent caspase-8 activation, TNF-dependent p65/NF-κB signaling and caspase-3/7 or -9 repression.50 And, that these activities might be selectively exploited by employing either monovalent or bivalent IAP antagonists. Future clinical applications of monovalent or bivalent IAP antagonists, therefore, should be tailored based on the required IAP antagonism profile and the biochemical properties of these distinct classes of pro-apoptotic ligands.
Materials and Methods
SK-OV-3 and MDA-MB-231 cells were obtained from the American type culture collection (ATCC, Manassas, VA, USA). EVSA-T cells were obtained from the Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH (Braunschweig, Germany). HeLa cells were obtained from the European Collection of Cell Cultures (Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC, St Louis, MO, USA). A375 cells were obtained from Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (Wayne, PA, USA). All cell lines have not been authenticated by TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals (Malvern, PA, USA). According to the recommendations by the providers, all cell lines were maintained in appropriate medium containing 10% heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum from HyClone (Logan, UT, USA) and were grown in a humidified, 37 °C, 5% CO2 incubator.
Hoechst 33342, Protein A/G agarose and a NuPAGE system were purchased from Invitrogen Life Technologies (Grand Island, NY, USA). AbuRPFK(5-Fam)-NH2 peptide was obtained from Biomer Technologies (Pleasanton, CA, USA). Anti-cIAP1 antibody for western blot analysis was purchased from R&D Systems (Minneapolis, MN, USA). Anti-GAPDH, anti-caspase-8 and anti-PARP antibodies were obtained from Santa Cruz Biotechnology (Dallas, TX, USA). Anti-RIPK1 antibody was obtained from BD Biosciences (Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA). Anti-TRAF2 antibody was obtained from Cell Signaling (Danvers, MA, USA). IAP antagonists were synthesized at TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals.
Co-immunoprecipitation and western blot analysis
For immunoprecipitation studies, cells were collected and lysed with cell lysis buffer consisting of 20 mmol/l Tris-HCl (pH 7.5), 150 mmol/l sodium chloride, 10% glycerol, 2 mmol/l EDTA, 50 mmol/l sodium fluoride, 25 mmol/l β-glycerophosphate, 0.2 mmol/l sodium vanadate, 10 mmol/l sodium pyrophosphate, 0.5% Triton X-100, 1 mmol/l phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride and protease inhibitor cocktail (Roche/Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC). Crude cell lysate was cleared by centrifugation with 14000 r.p.m. for 10 min at 4 °C. The cleared whole-cell lysate (2–5 mg) was incubated with an antibody against cIAP1 (Santa Cruz Biotechnology), TRAF2 (Cell Signaling) or caspase-8 (Santa Cruz Biotechnology) as indicated in the figure, overnight at 4 °C. The immuno-protein complex was purified using Protein A/G agarose beads and subjected to western blot analysis. Protein samples were applied to NuPAGE gel, followed by electrotransfer to Immobilon-FL membranes (Millipore, Billerica, MA, USA). Membranes were incubated in blocking buffer (LI-COR Bioscience Inc., Lincoln, NE, USA). Detection of proteins on the membrane was performed with a standard procedure using selected primary antibodies and an appropriate secondary antibody conjugated to Alexa Fluor 680 or 800 IRDye. Membranes were scanned and analyzed by Odyssey infrared imaging system (LI-COR Bioscience, Inc.).
Fluorescence polarization assay
Green fluorescent protein–cIAP1 degradation assay
The ability of monovalent and bivalent IAP antagonists to induce cIAP1 degradation was evaluated using A375 melanoma cells stably expressing GFP-fusion cIAP1, HA2×EGFP-cIAP1, as previously described.32 The inhibitory concentration for 50% GFP intensity (IC50) was derived by non-linear regression analysis using GraphPad Prism 4.0 (La Jolla, CA, USA).
Cell viability assay
Viability was determined using the MTT [3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide] assay with 96-well plates containing 10 000 cells per well. After the cells were allowed to adhere overnight, serial dilutions of IAP antagonists were added and plates were incubated for 72 h. MTT was added to a final concentration of 1 mg/ml and cell viability was measured following the manufacturer’s recommendation. The cytotoxic concentration for 50% cell death (CC50) was derived by non-linear regression analysis using GraphPad Prism 4.0.
p65/NF-κB nuclear translocation analysis
The nuclear translocation of p65/NF-κB in HeLa cells was evaluated by immunofluorescence analysis using Alexa Fluor-conjugated anti-p65/NF-κB antibody (sc-8008AF488, Santa Cruz Biotechnology). HeLa cells, cultured in black wall 96-well plates, were treated with IAP antagonists at 37 °C for 2 h, followed by TNF (20 ng/ml) stimulation for the time indicated. Cells were then fixed with 4% paraformaldehyde (pH 7.2) for 10 min at ambient temperature. Following washing with phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) three times, the cells were incubated with Alexa Fluor-conjugated anti-p65/NF-κB antibody suspended in KB buffer (10 mmol/l Tris-HCl, pH 7.5, 150 mmol/l NaCl, 0.1% BSA) at 4 °C overnight. Hoechst 33342 was added to counter-stain the nuclear DNA for 5 min and the cells were then washed three times with PBS. Fluorescence intensities of p65/NF-κB and Hoechst 33342 were quantitatively evaluated from ~1200 cells in each treatment condition by using Operetta High Content Imaging System (PerkinElmer, Waltham, MA, USA).
p65/NF-κB reporter gene assay
HeLa cells that carry an NF-κB luciferase reporter gene were utilized for quantitative measurement of p65/NF-κB activity following TNF stimulation. The cells seeded in 96-well plates were treated with various concentrations of IAP antagonist 2 h prior to the TNF stimulation for 4 h. The luciferase activity was measured by using Steady-Glo Luciferase Assay System (Promega Corp., Madison, WI, USA).
We acknowledge the support from our colleagues at TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Malvern, PA).
baculovirus IAP repeat domain
cellular inhibitor of apoptosis protein 1
direct IAP-binding protein with low pI (also, SMAC)
glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase
green fluorescent protein
high-temperature requirement A protease
human umbilical vein endothelial cells
Inhibitor of apoptosis proteins
inhibitor of κB kinase alpha/ inhibitor of κB kinase beta/ inhibitor of κB kinase gamma
nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells
really interesting new gene domain
receptor interacting protein kinase 1
second mitochondria-derived activator of caspases (also, DIABLO)
TAK1-binding proteins 2 and 3
TGFβ-activated kinase 1
threonine O-methyl ether
tumor necrosis factor
TNF receptor 1
TNF receptor-associated factor 2
X chromosome-linked IAP
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