Dual Role of Pim-2 Depends on the Associated Proteome

Daphna Levy, Amos M. Cohen, Jeremy Don

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Pim-2, a Ser/Thr kinase, is a proto-oncogene originally identified as common proviral insertion sites in T and B cell lymphomas in mice. Deregulation of Pim-2 expression has been documented in several human malignancies, including leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and prostate cancer. In human non-Hodgkin's lymphomas and in chronic lymphocytic leukemia Pim-2 is up-regulated and its expression correlates with disease activity. Pim-2 promotes cell survival in response to a wide variety of proliferative signals. Pim-2 promotes cell survival by phosphorylation of Bad and Cot. The goal of this study was to clarify the significance of our new unanticipated aspect of Pim-2′s function, namely, that over-expression of Pim-2 in HeLa cells led to cell cycle arrest at G1 and to increased apoptosis. We found that the G1 arrest was associated with increased (T14/Y15) phosphorylation of CDK2, increased proteosomic degradation of CDC25A, and increased levels of the CDK inhibitor p57. In addition, we found increased E2F-1 levels, which suggested the usage of the E2F-1 dependent apoptotic pathway. Using dominant negative forms of either E2F-1 or p73, which were co-expressed with Pim-2 in HeLa cells, revealed significant rescue of the G1 arrest and apoptotic phenomena. Silencing of Pim-2 in these cells, via siRNA, reversed the G1 arrest and pro-apoptotic effects, and verified the Pim-2 dependent specificity. We conclude that Pim-2 might play a dual role. Our data suggest that under certain environmental circumstances and in various cell types, Pim-2 appears to increase cell survival by abrogating some pro-apoptotic substrates, but under different proteomic associations Pim-2 might favor G1 arrest and apoptosis.
Original languageAmerican English
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StatePublished - 2006

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