The 14-3-3 proteins are known to sequester certain pro-apoptotic members of this family. BH3- interacting domain death agonist (Bid) may contribute to tumor necrosis factor α(TNF-α)-induced neuronal death, although regulation by 14-3-3 has not been reported. In this study we examined whether 14-3-3 proteins interact with Bid/tBid during TNF-α-induced cell death. The TNF-αtriggered Bid cleavage and tBid translocated to mitochondria. Human lung adenocarcinoma cells were co-transfected with both CFP-Bid and 14-3-3-YFP plasmids, and the dynamical interaction between the Bid/tBid and 14-3-3 were performed on laser confocal fluorescence microscope in single living cell during TNF-α-induced cell apoptosis. The Bid distribute equally only in the cytoplasm of healthy cells, and the 14-3-3 protein distribute not only in the cytoplasm but also in the nucleus of healthy cells. Our data showed that the tBid aggregate, but the 14-3-3 protein does not aggregate as the tBid, and the 14-3-3 protein separate from the aggregated tBid, implying that the 14-3-3 proteins do not interact with the aggregated tBid after TNF-αtreatment.
Caspase8 is activated and cleaves Bid into two fragments when cells are exposed to death-inducing molecules such as tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). Then the C-terminal fragment relocates from cytosol to mitochondria and promotes the release of cytochrome c, in the final cellular apoptosis is induced. Despite recent progress in the study of Bid during apoptosis induction, it remains unclear how C-terminal fragment of Bid cleaved moves to mitochondria and then induces the release of cytochrome c and so on. The 14-3-3 proteins are known to sequester certain pro-apoptotic members of Bcl-2 family. In order to further study the biological action of Bid during apoptosis, especially under physiological condition of living cell, the plasmids pBid-CFP and pYFP-14-3-3 were constructed. By the transient transfection of pBid-CFP and pYFP-14-3-3, the dynamic process of interaction of Bid and 14-3-3 protein in individual living cell during the apoptosis was primarily investigated with FRET (fluorescent resonance energy transfer) technique by the use of fluorescence microscopy.
Intracellular molecular interaction is important for the study of cell physiology, yet current relevant methods require fixation or microinjection and lack temporal or spatial resolution. We introduced a new method -- fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) to detect molecular interaction in living cells. On the basis of FRET principle, A-kinase activity reporter (AKAR) protein was designed to consist of the fusions of cyan fluorescent protein (CFP), a phosphoamino acid binding domain, a consensus substrate for protein kinase-A (PKA), and yellow fluorescent protein (YFP). In this study, the designed pAKAR plasmid was used to transfect a human lung cancer cell line (ASTC-a-1). When the AKAR-transfected cells were treated by forskolin (Fsk), we were able to observe the efficient transfer of energy from excited CFP to YFP within the AKAR molecule by fluorescence microcopy, whereas no FRET was detected in the transfected cells without the treatment of Fsk. When the cells were treated by Epidermal growth factor (EGF), the change of FRET was observed at different subcellular locations, reflecting PKA activation inside the cells upon EGF stimulation. The successful design of a fluorescence reporter of PKA activation and its application demonstrated the superiority of this technology in the research of intracellular protein-protein interaction.