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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

A novel p53 rescue compound induces p53-dependent growth arrest and sensitises glioma cells to Apo2L/TRAIL-induced apoptosis.

Reactivation of mutant p53 in tumours is a promising strategy for cancer therapy. Here we characterise the novel p53 rescue compound P53R3 that restores sequence-specific DNA binding of the endogenously expressed p53(R175H) and p53(R273H) mutants in gel-shift assays. Overexpression of the paradigmatic p53 mutants p53(R175H), p53(R248W) and p53(R273H) in the p53 null glioma cell line LN-308 reveals that P53R3 induces p53-dependent antiproliferative effects with much higher specificity and over a wider range of concentrations than the previously described p53 rescue drug p53 reactivation and induction of massive apoptosis (PRIMA-1). Furthermore, P53R3 enhances recruitment of endogenous p53 to several target promoters in glioma cells bearing mutant (T98G) and wild-type (LNT-229) p53 and induces mRNA expression of numerous p53 target genes in a p53-dependent manner. Interestingly, P53R3 strongly enhances the mRNA, total protein and cell surface expression of the death receptor death receptor 5 (DR5) whereas CD95 and TNF receptor 1 levels are unaffected. Accordingly, P53R3 does not sensitise for CD95 ligand- or tumour necrosis factor alpha-induced cell death, but displays synergy with Apo2L.0 in 9 of 12 glioma cell lines. Both DR5 surface induction and synergy with Apo2L.0 are sensitive to siRNA-mediated downregulation of p53. Thus this new p53 rescue compound may open up novel perspectives for the treatment of cancers currently considered resistant to the therapeutic induction of apoptosis.[1]


  1. A novel p53 rescue compound induces p53-dependent growth arrest and sensitises glioma cells to Apo2L/TRAIL-induced apoptosis. Weinmann, L., Wischhusen, J., Demma, M.J., Naumann, U., Roth, P., Dasmahapatra, B., Weller, M. Cell Death Differ. (2008) [Pubmed]
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