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The dynamics of E1A in regulating networks and canonical pathways in quiescent cells

Jean-Eudes Dazard1, Keman Zhang2, Jingfeng Sha2, Omar Yasin2, Linda Cai2, Chien Nguyen2, Mrinal Ghosh3, Jennifer Bongorno4 and Marian L Harter2*

Author Affiliations

1 Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, USA

2 Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, USA

3 Division of Cell Biology & Physiology, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, West Bengal, India

4 The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, USA

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BMC Research Notes 2011, 4:160  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-4-160

Published: 26 May 2011



Adenoviruses force quiescent cells to re-enter the cell cycle to replicate their DNA, and for the most part, this is accomplished after they express the E1A protein immediately after infection. In this context, E1A is believed to inactivate cellular proteins (e.g., p130) that are known to be involved in the silencing of E2F-dependent genes that are required for cell cycle entry. However, the potential perturbation of these types of genes by E1A relative to their functions in regulatory networks and canonical pathways remains poorly understood.


We have used DNA microarrays analyzed with Bayesian ANOVA for microarray (BAM) to assess changes in gene expression after E1A alone was introduced into quiescent cells from a regulated promoter. Approximately 2,401 genes were significantly modulated by E1A, and of these, 385 and 1033 met the criteria for generating networks and functional and canonical pathway analysis respectively, as determined by using Ingenuity Pathway Analysis software. After focusing on the highest-ranking cellular processes and regulatory networks that were responsive to E1A in quiescent cells, we observed that many of the up-regulated genes were associated with DNA replication, the cell cycle and cellular compromise. We also identified a cadre of up regulated genes with no previous connection to E1A; including genes that encode components of global DNA repair systems and DNA damage checkpoints. Among the down-regulated genes, we found that many were involved in cell signalling, cell movement, and cellular proliferation. Remarkably, a subset of these was also associated with p53-independent apoptosis, and the putative suppression of this pathway may be necessary in the viral life cycle until sufficient progeny have been produced.


These studies have identified for the first time a large number of genes that are relevant to E1A's activities in promoting quiescent cells to re-enter the cell cycle in order to create an optimum environment for adenoviral replication.