Cisplatin-induced apoptotic endonuclease EndoG inhibits telomerase activity and causes malignant transformation of human CD4+ T lymphocytes

Alternative splicing of telomerase catalytic subunit hTERT pre-mRNA (human Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase) regulates telomerase activity. Increased expression of non-active splice variant hTERT results in inhibition of telomerase. Apoptotic endonuclease EndoG is known to participate in hTERT alternative splicing. Expression of EndoG can be induced in response to DNA damages. The aim of this study was to determine the ability of a DNA-damaging compound, cisplatin, to induce EndoG and its influence on alternative splicing of hTERT and telomerase activity in human CD4+ Т lymphocytes. Overexpression of EndoG in CD4+ T cells downregulated expression of the active full-length hTERT variant and upregulated its non-active spliced variant. Reduction of full-length hTERT caused downregulation of telomerase activity, shortening of telomeres length during cell divisions, converting cells to the replicative senescence state, activation of apoptosis and finally cell death. Few cells survived and underwent malignant transformation. Transformed cells have increased telomerase activity and proliferative potential compare to initial CD4+ T cells. These cells have phenotype of T lymphoblastic leukemic cells and are able to form tumors and cause death in experimental mice. © 2017, Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.

Zhdanov D.D. 1, 2 , Vasina D.A. 2 , Orlova E.V.3 , Orlova V.S. 2 , Pokrovsky V.S. 1, 2 , Pokrovskaya M.V.1 , Aleksandrova S.S.1 , Sokolov N.N.1
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  • 1 Institute of Biomedical Chemistry, ul. Pogodinskaya 10, Moscow, 119121, Russian Federation
  • 2 Ecological Faculty, Peoples Friendship University of Russia, ul. Miklukho-Маklaya 6, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation
  • 3 Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics, ul. Institutskaya 3, Puschino, Moscow region, 142290, Russian Federation
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alternative splicing; cisplatin; EndoG; hTERT; malignant transformation; telomerase
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