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IL-6 regulates Mcl-1L expression through the JAK/PI3K/Akt/CREB signaling pathway in hepatocytes: implication of an anti-apoptotic role during liver regeneration.

Authors: Chou, CH  Lai, SL  Chen, CN  Lee, PH  Peng, FC  Kuo, ML  Lai, HS 
Citation: Chou CH, etal., PLoS One. 2013 Jun 25;8(6):e66268. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0066268. Print 2013.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:23825534
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0066268

AIMS: To investigate the role and the regulation of the long variant of myeloid cell leukemia-1 protein (Mcl-1L) during liver regeneration. BACKGROUND: Liver regeneration is an important phenomenon after liver injury. The rat partial hepatectomy (PH) model was used to characterize liver regeneration and Mcl-1L expression after PH. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were subjected to 70% PH. The expression of mcl-1L mRNA was determined by quantitative RT-PCR, and protein levels were analyzed by Western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry during liver regeneration. Functional evaluations of Mcl-1L were tested using chemical inhibition (flavopiridol), genetic inhibition (siRNA) of Mcl-1L production, and by assaying for annexin V levels and DNA ladder formation. Serum IL-6 levels were determined by enzyme immunoassays; signal transduction of IL-6-regulated Mcl-1L expression was verified by chemical inhibitors and decoy double-stranded oligodeoxynucleotides. RESULTS: High levels of Mcl-1L were observed in remnant tissue at 4 h after PH. Administration of flavopiridol decreased Mcl-1L accumulation and also inhibited liver regeneration. IL-6 administration promoted the accumulation of Mcl-1L in rat hepatocytes, an effect that was impaired by siRNA treatments that reduced Mcl-1L production. Chemical inhibition and decoy oligonucleotide competition demonstrated that IL-6-induced Mcl-1L production required signaling mediated by JAK kinase, phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), and cAMP response-element-binding (CREB) proteins. CONCLUSION: Mcl-1L is an anti-apoptotic protein induced during liver regeneration after PH in rats. The expression of Mcl-1L is induced by IL-6 through the JAK/PI3K/Akt/CREB signaling pathway. Chemotherapy drugs that depend on Mcl-1L- or IL-6-related signaling should be considered carefully before use in patients undergoing hepatectomy for malignant tumor resection.


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RGD ID: 11062097
Created: 2016-04-26
Species: All species
Last Modified: 2016-04-26
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RGD is funded by grant HL64541 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on behalf of the NIH.