PubMed 20132430

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Title: Involvement of VDAC1 and Bcl-2 family of proteins in VacA-induced cytochrome c release and apoptosis of gastric epithelial carcinoma cells.

Authors: Chun Hui Lan, Jian Qiu Sheng, Dian Chun Fang, Qing Zhuang Meng, Li Lin Fan, Zeng Rong Huang

Journal, date & volume: J Dig Dis, 2010 Feb , 11, 43-9

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It is known that the vacuolating cytotoxin (VacA) could induce apoptosis. However, the mechanism remained to be elucidated. The aim of this study is to investigate the role of Bcl family of proteins (Bcl-2 and Bax) and the mitochondrial voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) in VacA-induced apoptosis of AGS cells.Plasmid pGBKT7-VacA p58 was constructed and transfected into the AGS cells. RT-PCR and Western blotting were used to determine the expressions of cytochrome c, caspase-3, Bax, Bcl-2 and VDAC1 mRNA and proteins.VacA p58 can induce cytochrome c release and activate caspase-3 in AGS cells. It up-regulated the expressions of Bax and VDAC1 mRNA and proteins, and decreased the expression of Bcl-2 in AGS cells.VacA p58 induces apoptosis in AGS cells. This apoptotic process is associated with the up-regulation of Bax/VDAC1 and downregulation of Bcl-2. These findings suggest that the release of cytochrome c by VacA p58 is mainly through VDAC-dependent and Bcl-2 family-dependent pathways.