The promyelocytic leukemia RARα target gene encoding an adaptor molecule-1 (PRAM-1) is involved in a signaling pathway induced by retinoic acid in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) cells. To better understand the function of PRAM-1, we have undertaken the identification of its partners through a yeast two-hybrid screen. Here, we show that the proline-rich domain of PRAM-1 interacted with the Src homology 3 (SH3) domain of hematopoietic progenitor kinase 1 (HPK-1)-interacting protein of 55 kDa (HIP-55, also called SH3P7 and Abp1) known to stimulate the activity of HPK-1 and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK). Overexpression of PRAM-1 in the NB4 APL cell line increased arsenic trioxide-induced JNK activation through a caspase 3-like-dependent activity. Dissociation of the SH3 domain from the rest of the HIP-55 protein was observed in the NB4 APL cell line treated with arsenic trioxide due to specific cleavage by caspase 3-like enzymes. The cleavage of HIP-55 correlated with the induction of PRAM-1 mRNA and protein expression. Taken together, our results suggest that the caspase 3-cleaved SH3 domain of HIP-55 is likely involved in PRAM-1-mediated JNK activation upon arsenic trioxide-induced differentiation of NB4 cells.,
Journal of Biological Chemistry
Department of Hematology

Denis, F., Benecke, A., Di Gioia, Y., Touw, I., Cayre, Y., & Lutz, P. (2005). PRAM-1 potentiates arsenic trioxide-induced JNK activation. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 280(10), 9043–9048. doi:10.1074/jbc.M413564200