Methylseleninic acid elevates REDD1 and inhibits prostate cancer cell growth despite AKT activation and mTOR dysregulation in hypoxia.
Bottom Line: Methylseleninic acid (MSeA) is a monomethylated selenium metabolite theoretically derived from subsequent β-lyase or transamination reactions of dietary Se-methylselenocysteine that has potent antitumor activity by inhibiting cell proliferation of several cancers.We have now extended these studies to evaluate the impact of MSeA on REDD1 (an mTOR inhibitor) in inducing cell death of invasive prostate cancer cells in hypoxia.Our data suggest that MSeA induces REDD1 and inhibits prostate cancer cell growth in hypoxia despite activation of AKT and dysregulation of mTOR.
Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, Hershey, Pennsylvania.Show MeSH
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Mentions: REDD1 regulates mTORC1 activity and the latter is critical for progression of prostate cancer disease. However, mTORC1 regulation by REDD1 has not been well studied in prostate cancer. We first investigated how MSeA impacts REDD1, AKT, and p70S6K (downstream target of mTORC1) in three different prostate cancer cell lines, DU145 (PTEN+), PC3, and PC-3M (PTEN−) at 2, 6 h and overnight (18 h) treatments with MSeA in hypoxia. Additionally, we used LNCaP cells but these did not survive in hypoxia and therefore were not included in further experiments. In DU-145 and PC-3M cells, MSeA upregulates REDD1 protein expression at all time points (Fig. 1A–C). However, in PC3 cells, REDD1 was increased by MSeA at 2 and 6 h time points but was stabilized by overnight treatment. In addition, pAKT levels are elevated following 2 h MSeA treatment in all the three cell types (Fig. 1A) and decrease only in DU145 cells at 6 h and overnight MSeA treatment (Fig. 1B and C). However, pAKT levels in control PC3 cells are increasing whereas in PC-3M control cells the pAKT levels are decreasing as a function of time in hypoxia. Similar observation has been reported by other investigators 41. Furthermore, MSeA-induced AKT activation in PC-3M cells was confirmed by phosphorylation of GSK3β in a dose-dependent manner after 6 h treatment (Fig. 1D). The phosphorylated p70S6K expression was elevated in all the prostate cancer cell lines at all time points following treatments with MSeA in hypoxia (Fig. 1A–C). The above events may play a role in MSeA-induced apoptosis (as measured by cleaved-PARP) in a dose-dependent manner in PC3, DU145, and PC-3M cells following overnight treatment (Fig. 1C).
Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, Hershey, Pennsylvania.