Anti-tumor activity mediated by protein and peptide transduction of HIV viral protein R (Vpr)

Muthumani, K., Lambert, V. M., Shanmugam, M., Thieu, K. P., Choo, A. Y., Chung, J. C. W., Satishchandran, A., Kim, J. J., Weiner, D. B., Ugen, K. E. (January 2009) Anti-tumor activity mediated by protein and peptide transduction of HIV viral protein R (Vpr). Cancer Biology and Therapy, 8 (2). pp. 180-187.

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DOI: 10.4161/cbt.8.2.7205


Peptides that are capable of traversing the cell membrane, via protein transduction domains (PTDs), are attractive either directly as drugs or indirectly as carriers for the delivery of therapeutic molecules. One such PTD, a HIV-1 Tat derived peptide has successfully delivered a variety of "cargoes" including proteins, peptides and nucleic acids into cells. There also exists other naturally occurring membrane permeable peptides which have potential as PTDs. Specifically, one of the accessory proteins of HIV (viral protein R; i.e., Vpr), which is important in controlling viral pathogenesis, possesses cell transduction domain characteristics. Related to these characteristics, Vpr has also been demonstrated to induce cell cycle arrest and host/target cell apoptosis, suggesting a potential anticancer activity for this protein. In this report we assessed the ability of Vpr protein or peptides, with or without conjugation to a PTD, to mediate anti-cancer activity against several tumor cell lines. Specifically, several Vpr peptides spanning carboxy amino acids 65-83 induced significant (i.e., greater than 50%) in vitro growth inhibition/toxicity of murine B16.F10 melanoma cells. Likewise, in in vitro experiments with other tumor cell lines, conjugation of Vpr to the Tat derived PTD and transfection of this construct into cells enhanced the induction of in vitro apoptosis by this protein when compared to the effects of transfection of cells with unconjugated Vpr. These results underscore the potential for Vpr based reagents as well as PTDs to enhance anti-tumor activity, and warrants further examination of Vpr protein and derived peptides as potential therapeutic agents against progressive cell proliferative diseases such as cancer. ©2009 Landes Bioscience.

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Apoptosis Cytotoxicity HIV-1 Melanoma Peptide Protein transduction domain Tat Tumor cells Vpr
Subjects: diseases & disorders > cancer
diseases & disorders
diseases & disorders > viral diseases > HIV
diseases & disorders > viral diseases
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Communities: CSHL labs > Stenlund lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: January 2009
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2013 21:30
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2013 21:30
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