A protective role for the human SMG-1 kinase against tumor necrosis factor-α-induced apoptosis

Vasco Oliveira, William J. Romanow, Christoph Geisen, Diane M. Otterness, Frank Mercurio, Gang Wang Hong, William S. Dalton, Robert T. Abraham

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The human suppressor of morphogenesis in genitalia-1 (hSMG-1) protein kinase plays dual roles in mRNA surveillance and genotoxic stress response pathways in human cells. Here, we report that small interfering RNA-mediated depletion of hSMG-1, but not ATM, ATR, hUpf1, or hUpf2, in human U2OS osteosarcoma cells markedly increases the magnitude and accelerates the rate of apoptosis induced by tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) stimulation. The increase in TNFα-mediated cell killing observed in hSMG-1-depleted cells is not related to the suppression of nonsense-mediated mRNA decay or to the inhibition of TNFα-induced NF-κB activation. Rather, we observed that loss of hSMG-1 accelerates the degradation of the long form of the FLICE-inhibitory protein (FLIPL), an inhibitor of death-inducing signaling complex-mediated caspase-8 activation, in TNFα-treated cells. These results suggest that hSMG-1 plays an important role in cell survival during TNFα-induced stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13174-13184
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number19
StatePublished - May 9 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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