RIP1 and RIP3 complex regulates radiation-induced programmed necrosis in glioblastoma

Arabinda Das*, Daniel G. McDonald, Yaenette N. Dixon-Mah, Dustin J. Jacqmin, Vikram N. Samant, William A. Vandergrift, Scott M. Lindhorst, David Cachia, Abhay K. Varma, Kenneth N. Vanek, Naren L. Banik, Joseph M. Jenrette, Jeffery J. Raizer, Pierre Giglio, Sunil J. Patel

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Radiation-induced necrosis (RN) is a relatively common side effect of radiation therapy for glioblastoma. However, the molecular mechanisms involved and the ways RN mechanisms differ from regulated cell death (apoptosis) are not well understood. Here, we compare the molecular mechanism of cell death (apoptosis or necrosis) of C6 glioma cells in both in vitro and in vivo (C6 othotopically allograft) models in response to low and high doses of X-ray radiation. Lower radiation doses were used to induce apoptosis, while high-dose levels were chosen to induce radiation necrosis. Our results demonstrate that active caspase-8 in this complex I induces apoptosis in response to low-dose radiation and inhibits necrosis by cleaving RIP1 and RI. When activation of caspase-8 was reduced at high doses of X-ray radiation, the RIP1/RIP3 necrosome complex II is formed. These complexes induce necrosis through the caspase-3-independent pathway mediated by calpain, cathepsin B/D, and apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF). AIF has a dual role in apoptosis and necrosis. At high doses, AIF promotes chromatinolysis and necrosis by interacting with histone H2AX. In addition, NF-κB, STAT-3, and HIF-1 play a crucial role in radiation-induced inflammatory responses embedded in a complex inflammatory network. Analysis of inflammatory markers in matched plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) isolated from in vivo specimens demonstrated the upregulation of chemokines and cytokines during the necrosis phase. Using RIP1/RIP3 kinase specific inhibitors (Nec-1, GSK′872), we also establish that the RIP1-RIP3 complex regulates programmed necrosis after either high-dose radiation or TNF-α-induced necrosis requires RIP1 and RIP3 kinases. Overall, our data shed new light on the relationship between RIP1/RIP3-mediated programmed necrosis and AIF-mediated caspase-independent programmed necrosis in glioblastoma

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7525-7534
Number of pages10
JournalTumor Biology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Apoptosis
  • Glioblastoma
  • RIP
  • Radiation necrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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