Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.346, No.4, 1320-1323, 2006
Protection of Bcl-2 by salubrinal
The drug salubrinal has been identified as an inhibitor of phosphatases that act on the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 subunit (6IF2 alpha). The resulting maintenance of protein phosphorylation results in enhanced protection from the adverse effects of initiators of the unfolded protein response. We found that salubrinal can also interact with the anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2, inhibiting binding of the non-peptidic antagonist HA14-1 and of a porphycene that can catalyze Bcl-2 photodamage. As a result, salubrinal offers protection from the apoptotic and autophagic effects that can result from loss of Bcl-2 function. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.