To address this question, we repeated the starva tion experiment but re fed the myotubes in either the differentiation medium, serum free AMEM, or starvation medium supplemented with leucine, dialyzed FBS or horse therefore serum. Only media that contained serum promoted the degradation of PDCD4. Association of PDCD4 with eIF4A in L6 myotubes is sensitive to medium composition PDCD4 inhibits mRNA translation initiation at least in part by its binding to eIF4A and eIF4G. The amount of PDCD4 found in eIF4A immunoprecipitate was increased by starvation but fell gradually during refeeding, especially at 3 h, at which time the values were not different from those observed in fed cells. In another ex periment, we carried out the reciprocal immunoprecipita tion.
The amount of eIF4A in PDCD4 immunoprecipitate was unchanged by treatments, however, because starvation the interactions. In all cases, the effect of refeeding on the interactions of PDCD4 with eIF4A and 4G was sensitive to rapamycin. PDCD4 depletion in myotubes had modest effect on protein synthesis To examine the significance of PDCD4 in regulating myotube mixed protein synthesis, we used RNAi to de plete this protein and then measured incorp oration of phenylalanine into myotube proteins. In fed cells, incorporation of phenylalanine into mixed proteins in cells deprived of PDCD4 was not different from the value in those treated with scrambled oligonu cleotides. In cells deprived of serum but supplied with amino acids, phenylalanine incorporation into proteins in cells treated with PDCD4 siRNA 1 was 86% of values in those treated with scrambled siRNA, the values in those treated with PDCD4 siRNA 2 was 67% of those treated with scrambled siRNA.
In another experiment, PDCD4 deprived cells were incubated in medium lacking both serum and amino acids. Incorporation of phenylalan ine into myotube total mixed proteins in cells treated with the two PDCD4 siRNA oligonucleotides was 72 80% of the values in cells treated with scrambled siRNA oligonucleotides. Finally we examined the effect of PDCD4 on the regulation of myofibrillar proteins. Depletion of PDCD4 led to a 30% reduction in phenylalanine incorporation into myofibrillar proteins. The finding of reduced protein synthesis in cells de prived of PDCD4 was surprising given the inhibitory role of this protein on mRNA translation and our previous finding in myoblast. Thus we carried out two additional control experiments. First, we repeated the myoblast experiments and showed that as before, in starved cells, PDCD4 depletion increased protein synthesis by 43%. Finally, we used siRNA oligonucleotides purchased from another company to silence PDCD4 in myo tubes. Protein synthesis in myotubes Dacomitinib deprived of PDCD4 was reduced by 21%.