Alakananda Basu

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Cancer is caused by dysregulation in cellular signaling systems that control cell proliferation, differentiation and cell death. Protein kinase C (PKC), a family of serine/threonine kinases, plays an important role in the growth factor signal transduction pathway. PKCepsilon, however, is the only PKCepsilon isozyme that has been considered as an oncogene.(More)
Cisplatin is one of the most effective anticancer agents widely used in the treatment of solid tumors. It is generally considered as a cytotoxic drug which kills cancer cells by damaging DNA and inhibiting DNA synthesis. How cells respond to cisplatin-induced DNA damage plays a critical role in deciding cisplatin sensitivity. Cisplatin-induced DNA damage(More)
Autophagy is a process of self-degradation that maintains cellular viability during periods of metabolic stress. Although autophagy is considered a survival mechanism when faced with cellular stress, extensive autophagy can also lead to cell death. Aberrations in autophagy are associated with several diseases, including cancer. Therapeutic exploitation of(More)
We have previously shown that the protein kinase C (PKC) signal transduction pathway regulates cell death by the DNA damaging agent cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) (cDDP). In the present study we have investigated how PKC influences the sequence of events that are triggered by cDDP-induced DNA damage. cDDP caused activation of caspases-8, -9, -3, -7 and(More)
We have compared several breast cancer cell lines that differ in their responsiveness to TNF to determine the involvement of PKC isozymes in regulating sensitivity of breast cancer cells to TNF. While MCF-7 and BT-20 cells were responsive to TNF without any metabolic inhibitors, CAMA-1 and SKBR-3 cells responded to TNF in the presence of cycloheximide;(More)
Protein kinase Cδ (PKCδ) is a member of the PKC family that plays a critical role in the regulation of various cellular processes, including cell proliferation, cell death, and tumor promotion. Since the identification that PKCδ is a substrate for caspase-3, there has been overwhelming literature that linked PKCδ with proapoptotic signaling. While PKCδ(More)
The protein kinase C (PKC) signal transduction pathway regulates cell death by tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF). We previously showed that the induction of novel PKC eta isozyme by PKC activators correlated with their ability to protect MCF-7 breast cancer cells against TNF cytotoxicity. In the present study, we have transfected PKC eta in MCF-7 cells to(More)
Several novel protein kinase C (PKC) isozymes have been identified as substrates for caspase-3. We have previously shown that novel PKCepsilon is cleaved during apoptosis in MCF-7 cells that lack any functional caspase-3. In the present study, we show that in vitro-translated PKCepsilon is processed by human recombinant caspase-3, -7, and -9. Tumor necrosis(More)
We have previously shown that novel protein kinase C (nPKC) isozymes, such as nPKCepsilon, negatively regulate TNF-induced apoptosis in breast cancer cells although the level on nPKCs did not correlate with cellular sensitivity to TNF. In the present study, we examined if the level/activation status of Akt/PKB influences antiapoptotic signaling by(More)