Peroxiredoxin 6 interferes with TRAIL-induced death-inducing signaling complex formation by binding to death effector domain caspase

H. Choi, J. W. Chang, Y. K. Jung

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Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a promising cancer therapeutic agent with cancer-selective apoptogenic activity. It evokes the canonical caspase-mediated cell death pathway through death-inducing signaling complex (DISC) formation. We identified that Peroxiredoxin 6 (Prx6) interacts with caspase-10 and caspase-8 via the death effector domain (DED). Prx6 suppresses TRAIL-mediated cell death in human cancer cells, but not that induced by intrinsic apoptosis inducers such as etoposide, staurosporine, or A23187. Among Prx1-6 members, only Prx6 binds to DED caspases and is most effective in suppressing TRAIL or DED caspase-induced cell death. The antiapoptotic activity of Prx6 against TRAIL is not likely associated with its peroxidase activity but is associated with its ability to bind to DED caspases. Increased expression of Prx6 enhances the binding of Prx6 to caspase-10 but reduces TRAIL-induced DISC formation and subsequently caspase activation. Interestingly, Prx6 is highly upregulated in metastatic gastric cancer cells, which are relatively resistant to TRAIL as compared with primary cancer cells. Downregulation of Prx6 sensitizes the metastatic cancer cells to TRAIL-induced cell death. Taken together, these results suggest that Prx6 modulates TRAIL signaling as a negative regulator of caspase-8 and caspase-10 in DISC formation of TRAIL-resistant metastatic cancer cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-414
Number of pages10
JournalCell Death and Differentiation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2011

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Acknowledgements. We thank Dr. JB Yoon (Yonsei University, Korea) for HeLa EBNA cells and Dr. TK Kerppola for BiFC plasmids. H Choi was partly supported by the BK2 program. This work was supported by grants from the CRI-Acceleration Research Program, Nuclear Research Grant (BAERI), and Cancer Project (to Y-K Jung) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) and of Human Health and Welfare in Korea.


  • DISC
  • caspase-10
  • caspase-8
  • metastasis suppressor
  • peroxiredoxin 6


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