Cellular stresses profoundly inhibit protein synthesis and modulate the states of phosphorylation of multiple translation factors

Patel, Jashmin and McLeod, Laura E. and Vries, Robert G. and Flynn, Andrea and Wang, Xuemin and Proud, Christopher G. (2002) Cellular stresses profoundly inhibit protein synthesis and modulate the states of phosphorylation of multiple translation factors. European Journal of Biochemistry, 269 (12). pp. 3076-3085. ISSN 0014-2956. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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We have examined the effects of widely used stress-inducing agents on protein synthesis and on regulatory components of the translational machinery. The three stresses chosen, arsenite, hydrogen peroxide and sorbitol, exert their effects in quite different ways. Nonetheless, all three rapidly (approximately 30 min) caused a profound inhibition of protein synthesis. In each case this was accompanied by dephosphorylation of the eukaryotic initiation factor (eIF) 4E-binding protein 1 (4E-BP1) and increased binding of this repressor protein to eIF4E. Binding of 4E-BP1 to eIF4E correlated with loss of eIF4F complexes. Sorbitol and hydrogen peroxide each caused inhibition of the 70-kDa ribosomal protein S6 kinase, while arsenite activated it. The effects of stresses on the phosphorylation of eukaryotic elongation factor 2 also differed: oxidative stress elicited a marked increase in eEF2 phosphorylation, which is expected to contribute to inhibition of translation, while the other stresses did not have this effect. Although all three proteins (4E-BP1, p70 S6 kinase and eEF2) can be regulated through the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), our data imply that stresses do not interfere with mTOR function but act in different ways on these three proteins. All three stresses activate the p38 MAP kinase pathway but we were able to exclude a role for this in their effects on 4E-BP1. Our data reveal that these stress-inducing agents, which are widely used to study stress-signalling in mammalian cells, exert multiple and complex inhibitory effects on the translational machinery.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: 0014-2956 (Print) Journal Article Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Uncontrolled keywords: Animals Arsenites/*pharmacology CHO Cells/drug effects/metabolism Carrier Proteins/metabolism Cricetinae Hydrogen Peroxide/*pharmacology Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases/metabolism Osmolar Concentration Peptide Elongation Factor 2/*metabolism Peptide Initiation Factors/*metabolism Phosphoproteins/metabolism Phosphorylation/drug effects Protein Binding/drug effects/physiology Protein Biosynthesis/*drug effects Protein Synthesis Inhibitors/pharmacology Ribosomal Protein S6 Kinases/drug effects/metabolism p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Biosciences > Protein Science Group
Depositing User: Sue Davies
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2008 19:03
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 08:35
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/6788 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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