Inhibition of phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis following induction of apoptosis in HL-60 cells

Maria L. Anthony, Ming Zhao, Kevin M. Brindle*

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Induction of apoptosis in HL-60 cells, using a variety of cytotoxic drugs, resulted, in all cases, in inhibition of CDP-choline:1,2- diacylglycerol choline phosphotransferase, leading to an accumulation of its substrate, CDP-choline, and inhibition of phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis. Incubation of the cells with phosphatidylcholine reduced the number displaying an apoptotic morphology following drug treatment, and this was inversely related to the degree to which the drugs inhibited phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis. Inhibition of choline phosphotransferase by two of the drugs, farnesol and chelerythrine, was shown to be due to direct inhibition of the enzyme, while inhibition by the other drugs, etoposide and camptothecin, could be explained by the intracellular acidification that followed induction of apoptosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19686-19692
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number28
StatePublished - Jul 9 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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