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Lecture 19Homework ReviewApoptosis and Cancer
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  • Next Two Lectures
  • Cell-Cell Interactions/Tissues
  • Early Development and Stem Cells
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ApoptosisRegulated Cell Death
Role in Killing of Unneeded, Damaged, or
Potentially Deleterious Cells Occurs in
Embryonic and Adult Tissues Proteins Involved are
Always Present in Cells- Needs to Be Activated by
Stimuli Can Result From Developmental
Cues Withdrawl of Essential Growth Factors DNA
Damage Various Cell Stresses
Programmed Cell Death
  • Cell Death Occurring at a Defined Point in
  • Usually proceeds by Apoptosis

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Not All Cell Death is Apoptotic
Apoptosis An Active Regulated Process DNA
Fragmentation Chromatin Condensation
Fragmentation of Nucleus Cell Shrinks
Formation of Membrane Enclosed Fragments called
Apoptotic Bodies Recognition and
Engulfment by Phagocytic Cells
or Neighboring Cells
  • Oncosis and Necrosis
  • Unregulated Cell Death Due to Injury
  • Cell Swells (Oncosis)
  • Nucleus Swells
  • Disruption of Organelles and Rupture/Release of
  • Contents Released into
  • Extracellular Space

The Morphological Changes of Apoptosis Are
Orchestrated by Caspases
Cysteine Proteases that cleave at Aspartic Acid
Residues Activate Apoptosis by Cleaving
Specific Substrates Present but inactive in
cells Two Main Types of Caspases 1)
Initiators- Need to dimerize to become active
induced proximity 2) Executioner (Effector)
- Need to be proteolytically cleaved to become
active - Cleavage is usually Mediated by
Initiator Caspases
Caspase Activation Amplification Cascade
  • Once Executioners are Activated their
  • Key Targets of Proteolysis Include
  • 1)An Inhibitor of a DNAse-
  • Leads to Fragmentation of DNA
  • 2)Nuclear Lamins-
  • Leads to Fragmentation of Nucleus
  • 3)Other Cytoskeletal Associated Proteins-
  • Leads to Disruption of Cytoskeleton and
  • Cell Fragmentation
  • 4)Additional Caspases

Main Pathways Regulating Caspase Activation
During Apoptosis
  • Intrinsic Pathway- Mitochondrial Mediated
  • Major Pathway in Mammalian Cells
  • Outer Mitochondrial Membrane Permeabilization
  • Release of Cytochrome C from Mitochondrial
    Intermembrane Space into Cytosol
  • Apoptosome Formation- Activation of Initiator
  • Effector Caspases Activated
  • Extrinsic Pathway- Signaling through Death
  • Ligand Bound Death Receptors
  • Adaptor Protein Association
  • Initiator Caspase Recruitment and Activation
  • Effector Caspases Activated

Intrinsic Pathway of Apoptosis Activation
MOMPs cytochrome c Release Apoptosome
Formation Adaptor (Apaf1), dATP cytochrome c
and procaspase complex
Association of Adaptor with Procaspase allows
Procaspase self cleavage
Active Initiator Caspase Cleaves Effector
Caspases Which now Cleave Targets
Critical Regulators of Cell Death
  • Bcl-2 Family Regulate whether MOMPs Occurs
  • Anti-Apoptotic Factors - Death Inhibitors
  • A) Function to Inhibit MOMPs by Pro Apoptotic
  • Pro-Apoptotic Factors- Death Activators
  • A) Bind and inhibit Death Inhibitors
  • B) Directly cause Permeabilization of MOM to
  • Stimulate Release of Cytochrome C ( BAX
    AND BAK)
  • IAP Family (Inhibitor of Apoptosis)
  • Bind Procaspases prevent activation
  • Bind Caspases and inhibit Activity

Survival Factor Signaling is Required to Prevent
Programmed Cell Death in Neuronal Development
Survival Factors Signaling Can Function to Keep
Anti-Apoptotic Factor Bcl-2 Active
No Survival Signal Bcl-2 Complexes with
Bad Cant prevent BAK and BAX Mediated MOMPs
Extrinsic Pathway of Apoptosis ActivationSignali
ng through the Death Receptors
Ligand Bound Death Receptors Adaptor Protein and
Procaspase Recruitment Initiator Caspase
Activation Effector Caspases Activated
Target cells Viral Infected Cells or Cancer
Cells Removal of Excess Lymphocytes
after Infection
  • Cancer is a Disease of Cells that Proliferate at
    Inappropriate Times and Locations in the Body.
  • Tumors (Neoplasms) - Masses of cells derived from
    a single abnormally proliferating cell. Tumors
    are Clonal
  • 1. Benign- Noninvasive, Do not affect other
  • 2. Malignant- Cancerous, Locally Invasive and May
  • Tumors are classified by cell type from which
    they arise.
  • 1. Carcinoma- 90 of human cancers- Malignacy of
    Epithelial Cells
  • 2. Sarcomas Rare, Solid tumors of connective
    tissue, such as bone, muscle, cartilage, and
    fibrous tissue.
  • 3. Leukemias and Lymphomas- 7 of cancers, Blood
    forming cells and cells of immune system
  • 4. Neuroectodermal- Cells of central or
    peripheral nervous system

The Development of Cancer is a Multistep Process
Initial Cell Proliferating Abnormally
Tumorigenesis Occurs by Clonal Expansion
Yields Population of Cells More Abnormal and
More Adapted Proliferate, Survive, Invade and
Metastasize Intravasation Malignant cells gain
access to blood vessels and lymphatic system
and spread Metastasis Malignant cells
Establish in distant organs

Typically requires four to six different
Cancer Cells are Characterized by Several
Distinct Properties when Grown in vitro
  • Key Characteristic Normal Cell Cancer
  • Contact Inhibition of Growth Present Absent
  • Growth Factor Requirements High Low
  • Anchorage Dependence Present Absent
  • Cell Cycle Checkpoints Intact
  • Karyotypic Profile Normal
  • Proliferative Life Span Finite
  • Cancer cells are also
  • Defective in Differentiation
  • Fail to Undergo Apoptosis

Cancer Cells Are Created when Certain Genes are
  • Mutations can be Inherited, Introduced by
    Viruses, or Result of DNA Damage (exposure to a
  • 1. Oncogenes - Gene whose presence can trigger
    inappropriate cell proliferation.
  • Example ras, bcl-2
  • (Normal version of gene Proto-oncogene)
  • 2. Tumor Suppressors- Gene whose absence or
    inactivation can lead to cancer
  • Usually Function to Block Cell Cycle
  • Example p53, Rb
  • DNA Repair Genes- Increase Rate of Mutation,
    provide opportunity for mutation in growth
    controlling genes, increase rate of tumor

Cancer Cells Are Created When Certain Genes are
Activation of Oncogene
Can Also Occur By Overexpression of
Proto-oncogene Translocations that create
hybrid proteins
Inhibition of Tumor Suppressor Genes
Oncogenes are Found in Mitogen andGrowth Factor
Signal Transduction Pathways
Mutation of Proto-oncogene- Constitutively
Active Downstream Signal Transduction Pathway
Inactivation of Tumor Suppressor Rb
Common Target for Viruses that Cause Tumors
(along with p53)
Cancer Cells Exhibit Unlimited Proliferative
  • Cancer cells avoid senescence by inactivating
    tumor suppressor genes, p53 and Rb.
  • Cancer Cells will continue to divide for a period
    of time
  • Crisis Point Large number of Cancer Cells Die-
    Result of catastrophic rearrangements- due to
    lack of telomerase
  • Rare Occasion A Cell Survives- It is
  • At some point- derepressed telomerase expression
  • 90 of cancer cells express
  • significant levels of telomerase
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