By cDNA library screening, here we isolated an unusual gene transcript encoding a 31-amino-acid zinc finger-like peptide that regulates apoptosis (named Zfra). Northern blotting and RT/PCR showed the transcript is abundant in spleen but absent in several prostate and breast cancer cells. When stably expressed in L929 fibroblasts, Zfra conferred resistance to the cytotoxic effects of TNF and FasL. In contrast, transiently expressed Zfra could enhance or inhibit the cytotoxicity of overexpressed death domain proteins TRADD, FADD, and RIP of the TNF signaling pathway. By GST pull-down assay and co-immunoprecipitation, TNF and UV light were shown to induce Zfra to rapidly self-associate and bind JNK1. While JNK1 is a downstream effector of the TNF signaling, Zfra regulation of the TNF cytotoxic function is likely due to its interaction, in part, with JNK1.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - 2005 Feb 11|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology