c-Myc Promotes Survival of WEHI 231 B Lymphoma Cells from Apoptosis

  • M. Wu
  • W. Yang
  • R. E. Bellas
  • S. L. Schauer
  • M. J. FitzGerald
  • H. Lee
  • G. E. Sonenshein
Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 224)


The c-myc oncogene has been implicated in control of cell proliferation, differentiation, as well as neoplastic transformation. More recently, overexpression or inappropriate time of expression of the c-myc gene has been found to promote apoptosis. Cleveland and coworkers observed that addition of a vector expressing c-Myc protein accelerated apoptosis following IL-3 deprivation of the 32D Independent myeloid cell line [3]. Similarly Evan and coworkers [10] found that transfection of 3T3 fibroblast cells with c-myc expression vectors led to enhanced levels of apoptosis upon growth arrest either by serum or isoleucine deprivation, or a thymidine block. These findings have been further extended using c-myc antisense oligonucleotides. Green and coworkers have shown that addition of these oligonucleotides to immature T cells and some T cell hybridomas, inhibited c-myc expression and prevented T cell receptor mediated apoptosis [23]. Together these results strongly suggest that inappropriate overexpression of c-myc promotes apoptosis in some cell systems.


Myeloid Cell Line Burkitt Lymphoma Line Isoleucine Deprivation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Wu
    • 1
  • W. Yang
    • 1
  • R. E. Bellas
    • 1
  • S. L. Schauer
    • 2
  • M. J. FitzGerald
    • 1
  • H. Lee
    • 1
  • G. E. Sonenshein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity School of MedicineBostonUSA

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