Diverse antiapoptotic signaling pathways activated by vasoactive intestinal polypeptide, epidermal growth factor, and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase in prostate cancer cells converge on BAD.
J Biol Chem. 281:20891-901.
It has been demonstrated that vasoactive intestinal polypeptide, epidermal growth factor, and chronic activation of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase can protect prostate cancer cells from apoptosis; however, the signaling pathways that they use and molecules that they target are unknown. We report that vasoactive intestinal polypeptide, epidermal growth factor, and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase activate independent signaling pathways that phosphorylate the proapoptotic protein BAD. Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide operated via protein kinase A, epidermal growth factor required Ras activity, and effects of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase were predominantly mediated by Akt. BAD phosphorylation was critical for the antiapoptotic effects of each signaling pathway. None of these survival signals was able to rescue cells that express BAD with mutations in phosphorylation sites, whereas knockdown of BAD expression with small hairpin RNA rendered cells insensitive to apoptosis. Taken together, these results identify BAD as a convergence point of several antiapoptotic signaling pathways in prostate cells.