Human T cell leukemia virus-I (HTLV-I) tax-mediated apoptosis in activated T cells requires an enhanced intracellular prooxidant state

Marek Los, Khashayarsha Khazaie, Klaus Schulze-Osthoff, Patrick A. Baeuerle, Volker Schirrmacher, Katerina Chlichlia

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Abstract

We have shown that an estradiol-dependent activation of human T cell leukemia virus-I Tax leads to the inhibition of cell proliferation and to the induction of apoptosis. The present study demonstrates that a hormone- dependent activation of Tax promotes an enhanced prooxidant state in stably transfected Jurkat cells as measured by changes in the intracellular levels of glutathione and H2O2; these changes are followed by apoptotic cell death. Additional stimulation of the CD3/TCR pathway enhances the oxidative and apoptotic effects. Both Tax-mediated apoptosis and oxidative stress can be potently suppressed by antioxidants, as is seen with the administration of recombinant thioredoxin (adult T cell leukemia-derived factor) or pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate. Hormone-induced Tax activation induces a long-lasting activation of NF-κB, which is a major target of reactive oxygen intermediates. The long-term exposure of Jurkat cells to hormone eventually results in a selection of cell clones that have lost Tax activity. A subsequent transfection of these apparently 'nonresponsive' clones allows the recovery of Tax responses in these cells. Our observations indicate that changes in the intracellular redox status may be a determining factor in Tax- mediated DNA damage, apoptosis, and selection against the long-term expression of Tax function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3050-3055
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume161
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 15 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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