Regulation of Chemosensitivity in Human Medulloblastoma Cells by p53 and the PI3 Kinase Signaling Pathway

Aisha Naeem, Varsha Harish, Sophie Coste, Erika M. Parasido, Muhammad Umer Choudhry, Lawrence F. Kromer, Chukuemeka Ihemelandu, Emanuel F. Petricoin, Mariaelena Pierobon, Muhammad Saad Noon, Venkata Mahidhar Yenugonda, Maria Avantaggiati, Gary M. Kupfer, Stanley Fricke, Olga Rodriguez, Chris Albanese*

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In medulloblastoma, p53 expression has been associated with chemoresistance and radiation resistance and with poor longterm outcomes in the p53-mutated sonic hedgehog, MYC-p53, and p53-positive medulloblastoma subgroups. We previously established a direct role for p53 in supporting drug resistance in medulloblastoma cells with high basal protein expression levels (D556 and DAOY). We now show that p53 genetic suppression in medulloblastoma cells with low basal p53 protein expression levels (D283 and UW228) significantly reduced drug responsiveness, suggesting opposing roles for low p53 protein expression levels. Mechanistically, the enhanced cell death by p53 knockdown in high-p53 cells was associated with an induction of mTOR/PI3K signaling. Both mTOR inhibition and p110a/PIK3CA induction confirmed these findings, which abrogated or accentuated the enhanced chemosensitivity response in D556 cells respectively while converse was seen in D283 cells. Co-treatment with G-actin-sequestering peptide, thymosin b4 (Tb4), induced p-AKTS473 in both p53-high and p53-low cells, enhancing chemosensitivity in D556 cells while enhancing chemoresistance in D283 and UW228 cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-126
Number of pages13
JournalMolecular Cancer Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


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