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Phosphorylation of dedicator of cytokinesis 1 (Dock180) at tyrosine residue Y722 by Src family kinases mediates EGFRvIII-driven glioblastoma tumorigenesis.

Feng, H, Hu, B, Jarzynka, MJ, Li, Y, Keezer, S, Johns, TG, Tang, CK, Hamilton, RL, Vuori, K, Nishikawa, R, and others. (2012) Phosphorylation of dedicator of cytokinesis 1 (Dock180) at tyrosine residue Y722 by Src family kinases mediates EGFRvIII-driven glioblastoma tumorigenesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 (8). pp. 3018-3023. ISSN 1091-6490. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1121457109)

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Glioblastoma, the most common primary malignant cancer of the brain, is characterized by rapid tumor growth and infiltration of tumor cells throughout the brain. These traits cause glioblastomas to be highly resistant to current therapies with a resultant poor prognosis. Although aberrant oncogenic signaling driven by signature genetic alterations, such as EGF receptor (EGFR) gene amplification and mutation, plays a major role in glioblastoma pathogenesis, the responsible downstream mechanisms remain less clear. Here, we report that EGFRvIII (also known as \ensuremath?EGFR and de2-7EGFR), a constitutively active EGFR mutant that is frequently co-overexpressed with EGFR in human glioblastoma, promotes tumorigenesis through Src family kinase (SFK)-dependent phosphorylation of Dock180, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor for Rac1. EGFRvIII induces phosphorylation of Dock180 at tyrosine residue 722 (Dock180(Y722)) and stimulates Rac1-signaling, glioblastoma cell survival and migration. Consistent with this being causal, siRNA knockdown of Dock180 or expression of a Dock180(Y722F) mutant inhibits each of these EGFRvIII-stimulated activities. The SFKs, Src, Fyn, and Lyn, induce phosphorylation of Dock180(Y722) and inhibition of these SFKs by pharmacological inhibitors or shRNA depletion markedly attenuates EGFRvIII-induced phosphorylation of Dock180(Y722), Rac1 activity, and glioblastoma cell migration. Finally, phosphorylated Dock180(Y722) is coexpressed with EGFRvIII and phosphorylated Src(Y418) in clinical specimens, and such coexpression correlates with an extremely poor survival in glioblastoma patients. These results suggest that targeting the SFK-p-Dock180(Y722)-Rac1 signaling pathway may offer a novel therapeutic strategy for glioblastomas with EGFRvIII overexpression.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1073/pnas.1121457109
Uncontrolled keywords: Amino Acid Sequence, Cell Line, Tumor, Cell Movement, Cell Survival, Cell Transformation, Neoplastic, Glioblastoma, Humans, Molecular Sequence Data, Phosphorylation, Phosphotyrosine, Prognosis, Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-fyn, Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor, rac GTP-Binding Proteins, rac1 GTP-Binding Protein, src-Family Kinases
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Biosciences
Depositing User: Tim Fenton
Date Deposited: 25 May 2017 07:01 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:59 UTC
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