Modulation of gene expression by cancer chemopreventive dithiolethiones through the Keap1-Nrf2 pathway: Identification of novel gene clusters for cell survival

Mi Kyoung Kwak, Nobunao Wakabayashi, Ken Itoh, Hozumi Motohashi, Masayuki Yamamoto, Thomas W. Kensler

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Abstract

Enzyme inducers such as 3H-1,2-dithiole-3-thione (D3T) enhance the detoxication of environmental carcinogens and protect against neoplasia. The putative molecular sensor for inducers is Keapl, a sulfhydrylrich protein that sequesters the transcription factor Nrf2 in the cytoplasm. Expression of these detoxication enzymes is blunted in nrf2-deficient mice; moreover, these mice are more sensitive to carcinogenesis, and the protective actions of dithiolethiones are lost with nrf2 disruption. Hepatic gene expression profiles were examined by oligonucleotide microarray analysis in vehicle- or D3T-treated wild-type mice as well as in nrf2 single and keap1-nrf2 double knockout mice to identify those genes regulated by the Keap1-Nrf2 pathway. Transcript levels of 292 genes were elevated in wild-type mice 24 h after treatment with D3T; 79% of these genes were induced in wild-type, but not nrf2-deficient mice. These nrf2-dependent, D3T-inducible genes included known detoxication and antioxidative enzymes. Unexpected clusters included genes for chaperones, protein trafficking, ubiquitin/26 S proteasome subunits, and signaling molecules. Gene expression patterns in keap1-nrf2 double knockout mice were similar to those in nrf2-single knockout mice. D3T also led to nrf2-dependent repression of 31 genes at 24 h; principally genes related to cholesterol/lipid biosynthesis. Collectively, D3T increases the expression of genes through the Keap1-Nrf2 signaling pathway that directly detoxify toxins and generate essential cofactors such as glutathione and reducing equivalents. Induction of nrf2-dependent genes involved in the recognition and repair/removal of damaged proteins expands the role of this pathway beyond primary control of electrophilic and oxidative stresses into secondary protective actions that enhance cell survival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8135-8145
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume278
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Mar 7
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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