Human cytomegalovirus induces caspase-dependent apoptosis of megakaryocytic CHRF-288-11 cells by activating the JNK pathway

Juan Dou, Xiaofeng Li, Yun Cai, Hong Chen, Shunye Zhu, Qingwen Wang, Xiaobing Zou, Yuping Mei, Qian Yang, Wenming Li, Yifan Han

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Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection is usually implicated in thrombocytopenia occurring in newborns and immunocompromised patients. However, the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. This study was conducted to investigate the effects of HCMV infection on the viability of megakaryocytic CHRF-288-11 cells and the underlying mechanisms involved. RT-PCR for determining mRNA expression of HCMV immediate early gene 1 and Western blot for measuring protein expression of late HCMV gene pp65 showed that CHRF-288-11 cells were susceptible to HCMV infection. HCMV infection reduced the viability of CHRF-288-11 cells via apoptosis in a doseand time-dependent manner. Both caspase 3 and c-Jun terminal kinase (JNK) signaling pathway were activated in the HCMV-treated CHRF-288-11 cells. z-DEVD-fmk (a caspase inhibitor) and SP600125 (a JNK inhibitor) significantly prevented the death of CHRF-288-11 cells induced by HCMV, respectively. Furthermore, inhibition of JNK activity could reduce the formation of active caspase 3 induced by HCMV. Interestingly, the co-application of antivirus drug ganciclovir and SP600125 synergistically prevented the death of CHRF-288-11 cells induced by HCMV. Collectively, these findings suggest that HCMV infection may induce the caspase-dependent apoptosis of megakaryocytic CHRF-288-11 cells by the activation of JNK signaling pathway.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-629
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hematology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010


  • Apoptosis
  • C-Jun terminal kinase
  • Caspase
  • Human cytomegalovirus
  • Thrombocytopenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology

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