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Akt/mTOR mediated induction of bystander effect signaling in a nucleus independent manner in irradiated human lung adenocarcinoma epithelial cells

Lu Li, Lu Wang, Kevin M. Prise, K.N. Yu, Guodong Chen, Lianyun Chen, Yide Mei and Wei Han _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:18010-18020. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.14931

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Lu Li1,4, Lu Wang4, Kevin M. Prise2, K.N. Yu3, Guodong Chen1, Lianyun Chen6, Yide Mei7, Wei Han1,5

1Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Medical Physics and Technology/Center of Medical Physics and Technology, Hefei Institutes of Physical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui, China

2Centre for Cancer Research & Cell Biology, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK

3Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

4Clinical College of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Anhui University of Chinese Medicine, Hefei, Anhui, China

5Collaborative Innovation Center of Radiation Medicine of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions and School for Radiological and Interdisciplinary Sciences (RAD-X), Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

6Institute of Technical Biological & Agriculture Engineering, Hefei Institutes of Physical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui, China

7School of Life Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China

Correspondence to:

Wei Han, email: [email protected]

Keywords: radiation-induced bystander effect, cytoplasm, Akt, mTOR, cytoplast

Received: September 20, 2016    Accepted: December 27, 2016    Published: February 01, 2017


Cytoplasm is an important target for the radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE). In the present work, the critical role of protein kinase B (Akt)/mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway in the generation of RIBE signaling after X-ray irradiation and the rapid phosphorylation of Akt and mTOR was observed in the cytoplasm of irradiated human lung adenocarcinoma epithelial (A549) cells. Targeting A549 cytoplasts with individual protons from a microbeam showed that RIBE signal(s) mediated by the Akt/mTOR pathway were generated even in the absence of a cell nucleus. These results provide a new insight into the mechanisms driving the cytoplasmic response to irradiation and their impact on the production of RIBE signal(s).

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