The bile acid-activated phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase pathway inhibits Fas apoptosis upstream of Bid in rodent hepatocytes

Yasuhiro Takikawa, Hideyuki Miyoshi, Christian Rust, Patricia Roberts, Richard Siegel, Pijus K. Mandal, Randal E. Millikan, Gregory J. Gores

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Backgrounds & Aims: Bile acids differentially modulate hepatocyte injury in cholestasis. Although glycochenode-oxycholate (GCDC) induces Fas-mediated hepatocyte apoptosis, taurochenodeoxycholate (TCDC) simultaneously activates a phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI 3-K)-mediated survival pathway blocking Fas apoptosis. In this study, the mechanisms by which the TCDC/PI 3-K survival signal disrupts Fas signaling were examined. Methods: Studies were performed in primary cultures of mouse hepatocytes and the bile-salt-transporting McNtcp.24 rat hepatoma cell line. Results: GCDC, but not TCDC, resulted in cytochrome c release demonstrating that TCDC blocked apoptosis upstream of mitochondria. In contrast, both GCDC and TCDC treatment resulted in Fas aggregation and recruitment of a dominant-negative FADD green fluorescent protein (GFP) and C360S procaspase 8-GFP to the plasma membrane. Despite recruitment of procaspase 8 to the plasma membrane by both bile acids, only GCDC resulted in increases of caspase 8 activity and Bid-GFP mitochondrial translocation. However, when PI-3K was inhibited with wortmannin or dominant-negative PI 3-K, TCDC-induced Bid-GFP mitochondrial translocation and cytochrome c release. Conclusions: The TCDC/PI 3-K survival signal blocks Fas-mediated apoptosis by preventing caspase 8 activation and Bid mitochondrial translocation. Potentiation of this survival pathway in cholestasis has the potential to attenuate liver injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1810-1817
Number of pages8
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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