Document Type

Research Poster

Publication Date

Summer 2013


The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is an organelle tasked with synthesis and transport of 50% of new cellular proteins. Dysfunction within this organelle creates signals for repair, adaptation, and in severe cases, cellular apoptosis. Multiple human diseases have been associated with ER dysfunction, and the activation of apoptosis in important populations of cells. Inhibitor of Apoptosis (IAP) proteins are cytosolic proteins that play an anti-apoptotic role in the cytosol. The relationship between endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and the expression/stability of IAPs is not well characterized. The objective of this study was to characterize the affect of ER stress on the expression/stability of five members of the IAP family; XIAP, cIAP1, cIAP2, Survivin, and Livin. We also assessed how inhibition of the PI3kinase/Akt pathway affects expression of these proteins. In model cell lines (BHK21, A549), Survivin and cIAP1 expression was detected by immunoblot. ER stress was shown to induce a reduction of both Survivin and cIAP1 in a time and dose dependent manner, with Survivin displaying a more dynamic response. The phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K) pathway has been associated with regulating expression of some IAP proteins. Inhibition of the PI3K decreased Survivin expression in both cell lines. Further research is required to confirm the affects of ER stress upon regulation of IAP expression (PI3K) and upon stability.