Javascript is not activated in your browser. This website needs javascript activated to work properly.
You are here

Novel anti-apoptotic effect of Bcl-2: Prevention of polyamine depletion-induced cell death

  • Martina Holst
  • Veronica Johansson
  • Kersti Alm
  • Stina Oredsson
Publishing year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 66-74
Publication/Series: Cell Biology International
Volume: 32
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

The spermine analogue N(1),N(11)-diethylnorspermine (DENSPM) efficiently depletes the polyamine pools in the breast cancer cell line L56Br-C1 and induces apoptotic cell death via the mitochondrial pathway. In this study, we have over-expressed the anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 in L56Br-C1 cells and investigated the effect of DENSPM treatment. DENSPM-induced cell death was significantly reduced in Bcl-2 over-expressing cells. Bcl-2 over-expression reduced DENSPM-induced release of the pro-apoptotic proteins AIF, cytochrome c, and Smac/DIABLO from the mitochondria. Bcl-2 over-expression reduced the DENSPM-induced activation of caspase-3. Bcl-2 over-expression also prevented DENSPM-induced Bax cleavage and reduction of Bcl-X(L) and survivin levels. The DENSPM-induced activation of the polyamine catabolic enzyme spermidine/spermine N(1)-acetyltransferase was reduced by Bcl-2 over-expression, partly preventing polyamine depletion. Thus, Bcl-2 over-expression prevented a number of DENSPM-induced apoptotic effects


  • Zoology
  • Apoptosis
  • Spermine analogue
  • Cytochrome c
  • Human breast cancer
  • Bcl-2


  • ISSN: 1095-8355
Stina Oredsson
E-mail: stina [dot] oredsson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


Functional zoology

+46 46 222 94 97



Principal investigator

LUCC - Lund University Cancer Centre

Research group

Animal Physiology


Cell proliferation

Doctoral students and postdocs

PhD Students, main supervisor

Wendy Soria Sotillo

PhD Students, assistant supervisor

Atena Malakpour Permlid