In this study, we examined the role of bcl-XL and bcl-XS in apoptotic cell death of HS-72 cells induced by activin A. Immunoblot analysis revealed that a band of Bcl-XL was detected in HS-72 cells cultured with or without activin A. Although untreated HS-72 cells did not express Bcl-XS, the expression of Bcl-XS was significantly increased when cultured with activin A. We also investigated the expression of Bcl-XS and Bcl-XL in HS-72 cells cultured with activin A in the presence of protein kinase C inhibitor 1-(5-isoquinolinesulfonyl)-2-methylpiperazine dihydrochloride (H7), which suppressed apoptosis in HS-72 cells induced by activin A. Exposure to H7 apparently increased the level of Bcl-XL in HS-72 cells cultured with or without activin A. In contrast, no detectable hand of Bcl-XS was found in HS-72 cells cultured with activin A and H7. These findings indicate that Bcl-XL upregulation and Bcl-XS downregulation induced by H7 might correlate with the suppression of activin A-induced apoptosis in B-lineage cells.
- Protein kinase