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NDRG2 Sensitizes Myeloid Leukemia to Arsenic Trioxide via GSK3β–NDRG2–PP2A Complex Formation

Division of Applied Life Science (BK21 Plus), Gyeongsang National University, Jinju 52828, Korea
Gene & Cell Therapy Team, Division of Drug Development & Optimization, New Drug Development Center, Osong Medical Innovation Foundation, Osongsaengmyung-ro 123, Osong-eup, Heungdeok-gu, Cheongju-si 28160, Chungbuk, Korea
Division of bacterial diseases, Korea Centers for Disease and Control, Prevention, Osong-eup 28159, Korea
Freshwater Bioresources Utilization Bureau, Nakdonggang National Institute of Biological Resources, Sangju 37242, Korea
Department of Biological Sciences and the Research Center for Women’s Disease, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul 04310, Korea
Integrated Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, BK21 PLUS Team & BRL, College of Pharmacy, The Catholic University of Korea, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, 14662, Korea
Division of Life Science, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju 52828, Korea
Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Research Center (PMBBRC), Gyeongsang National University, Jinju 52828, Korea
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Cells 2019, 8(5), 495;
Received: 29 April 2019 / Revised: 14 May 2019 / Accepted: 21 May 2019 / Published: 22 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Cell Signaling and Regulated Cell Death)
N-Myc downstream-regulated gene 2 (NDRG2) was characterized as a tumor suppressor, inducing anti-metastatic and anti-proliferative effects in several tumor cells. However, NDRG2 functions on anticancer drug sensitivity, and its molecular mechanisms are yet to be fully investigated. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of NDRG2-induced sensitization to As2O3 in the U937 cell line, which is one of the most frequently used cells in the field of resistance to As2O3. NDRG2-overexpressing U937 cells (U937-NDRG2) showed a higher sensitivity to As2O3 than mock control U937 cell (U937-Mock). The higher sensitivity to As2O3 in U937-NDRG2 was associated with Mcl-1 degradation through glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) activation. Inhibitory phosphorylation of GSK3β was significantly reduced in U937-NDRG2, and the reduction was diminished by okadaic acid, a protein phosphatase inhibitor. NDRG2 mediated the interaction between GSK3β and protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A), inducing dephosphorylation of GSK3β at S9 by PP2A. Although the C-terminal deletion mutant of NDRG2 (ΔC NDRG2), which could not interact with PP2A, interacted with GSK3β, the mutant failed to dephosphorylate GSK3β at S9 and increased sensitivity to As2O3. Our findings suggest that NDRG2 is a kind of adaptor protein mediating the interaction between GSK3β and PP2A, inducing GSK3β activation through dephosphorylation at S9 by PP2A, which increases sensitivity to As2O3 in U937 cells. View Full-Text
Keywords: PP2A–NDRG2–GSK3β complex; myeloid leukemia; U937; Mcl-1; apoptosis; arsenic trioxide PP2A–NDRG2–GSK3β complex; myeloid leukemia; U937; Mcl-1; apoptosis; arsenic trioxide
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Park, S.; Han, H.-T.; Oh, S.-S.; Kim, D.H.; Jeong, J.-W.; Lee, K.W.; Kim, M.; Lim, J.S.; Cho, Y.Y.; Hwangbo, C.; Yoo, J.; Kim, K.D. NDRG2 Sensitizes Myeloid Leukemia to Arsenic Trioxide via GSK3β–NDRG2–PP2A Complex Formation. Cells 2019, 8, 495.

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