Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 9394801
Eur. J. Immunol. 1997 Nov;27(11):2793-9
Here we describe a Rho-mediated apoptosis suppression pathway driven by Bcl-2 expression in the interleukin (IL)-4- or IL-2-dependent murine T cell line TS1 alpha beta. IL-2, but not IL-4, induces Bcl-2 expression through RhoA activation which is inhibited by the specific Rho family inhibitor, Clostridium difficile Toxin B, as well as by a dominant negative RhoA mutant. Using transient transfections of RhoA mutants tagged with the vesicular stomatitis virus glycoprotein, we show that a constitutively active RhoA mutant induces Bcl-2 expression and prevents apoptosis upon IL-4 withdrawal. Finally, we have identified the signaling pathway involved together with RhoA in Bcl-2 induction and show compelling evidence for the implication of phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase and protein kinase C.