Fas-associated protein with death domain (FADD) was first identified for its role in linking death receptors to the apoptotic signaling pathway with subsequent cell death. Later studies reported non-apoptotic functions for FADD in normal cells and cancer cells. Non-apoptotic functions for FADD in osteosarcoma (OS) have not been reported. In this study, FADD protein expression was knocked down in human CCHOSD, LM7, and SaOS2 OS cell lines followed by assessment of sensitivity to TNFα- or TRAIL-induced cell death. Knock down of FADD significantly increased TNFα-induced cell death in LM7 and SaOS2 cell lines. The mode of TNFα-induced cell death was apoptosis and not necroptosis. Inhibition of nuclear factor kappa B (NFκB) in wildtype cells increased TNFα-induced cell death to similar levels observed in FADD knockdown cells, suggesting a role for FADD in NFκB pro-survival cell signaling. In addition, knock down of FADD increased SMAC mimetic-mediated TNFα-induced cell death in all cell lines studied. The results of this study indicate that FADD has a pro-survival function in OS following TNFα treatment that involves NFκB signaling. The results also indicate that the pro-survival function of FADD is associated with XIAP activity.
Hollomon, Mario G.; Patterson, La Nisha; Santiago-O’Farrill, Janice; Kleinerman, Eugenie S.; and Gordon, Nancy, "Knock down of Fas-Associated Protein with Death Domain (FADD) Sensitizes Osteosarcoma to TNFα-induced Cell Death" (2020). Faculty Publications. 96.