Wei Xing Zong

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p73, an important developmental gene, shares a high sequence homology with p53 and induces both G(1) cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. However, the molecular mechanisms through which p73 induces apoptosis are unclear. We found that p73-induced apoptosis is mediated by PUMA (p53 up-regulated modulator of apoptosis) induction, which, in turn, causes Bax(More)
Bcl-2-family proteins are key regulators of the apoptotic response. Here, we demonstrate that the pro-survival Bcl-2 homolog Bfl-1/A1 is a direct transcriptional target of NF-kappaB. We show that bfl-1 gene expression is dependent on NF-kappaB activity and that it can substitute for NF-kappaB to suppress TNFalpha-induced apoptosis. bfl-1 promoter analysis(More)
Jagged1 belongs to the DSL family of ligands for Notch receptors that control the proliferation and differentiation of various cell lineages. However, little is known about the transcription factors that regulate its expression. Here, we show that Jagged1 is a Rel/NF-kappaB-responsive gene. Both c-Rel and RelA induced jagged1 gene expression, whereas a(More)
A tetracycline-regulated system was used to characterize the effects of c-Rel on cell proliferation. The expression of c-Rel in HeLa cells led to growth arrest at the G1/S-phase transition, which correlated with its nuclear localization and the induction of endogenous IkappaB alpha expression. These changes were accompanied by a decrease in E2F DNA binding(More)
The v-Rel oncoprotein belongs to the Rel/NF-kappaB family of transcription factors. It transforms chicken lymphoid cells in vitro and induces fatal lymphomas in vivo. In this study, we used a tetracycline-regulated system to characterize the role of v-Rel in cell transformation. We show that the continued expression of v-Rel is necessary to maintain the(More)
I kappa B alpha is a dual regulator of Rel/NF-kappa B transcription factors. I kappa B alpha retains inactive NF-kappa B dimers in the cytoplasm, and inhibits their DNA-binding and transcriptional activities in the nucleus. Our previous studies identified discrete functional domains in I kappa B alpha responsible for the cytoplasmic and nuclear regulation(More)
The v-Rel oncoprotein must be continuously expressed to prevent the apoptosis of transformed lymphoid cells, and also inhibits TNF alpha-induced cell death. A tetracycline-regulated cell system was used to characterize the functions necessary for the anti-apoptotic activity of Rel proteins. v-Rel mutants defective for DNA binding or transactivation showed(More)
Phosphorylation of HeLa SII (or TFIIS)-related nuclear protein p21/SIIR was demonstrated in transfected COS-1 cells. To test for a possible functional link between phosphorylation and the previously described Rous sarcoma virus (RSV) long terminal repeat (LTR) repression (Yeh, C.H., and Shatkin, A.J. (1994) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 91, 11002-11006),(More)
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