Ligation of integrins to an extracellular matrix activates signal transduction systems which produce multiple responses in different cell types. Adhesion often provides a survival signal to cells; disruption of adhesion frequently results in apoptosis. Our laboratory has utilized apoptosis-sensitive and -resistant cell lines to investigate the role of integrin expression and function in regulation of apoptosis in macrophages. Chronic exposure of murine macrophage-like RAW264.7 cells to apoptosis inducing agents (bacterial lipopolysaccharide and interferon-γ) resulted in the generation of a derivative cell line (RES) resistant to apoptosis. Observation of RAW and RES cultures indicated a difference in adhesion between the two cell types. The two cell lines also exhibit significant differences in expression of integrins previously characterized to be important in apoptosis.
|Number of pages
|Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
|Published - May 19 1998
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology