AMI GO2, a novel membrane anchor of PDK1, controls cell survival and angiogenesis via Akt activation

Hyojin Park, Sungwoon Lee, Pravesh Shrestha, Jihye Kim, Jeong Ae Park, Yeongrim Ko, Young Ho Ban, Dae Young Park, Sang Jun Ha, Gou Young Koh, Victor Sukbong Hong, Naoki Mochizuki, Young Myeong Kim, Weontae Lee, Young Guen Kwon

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

44 Citations (Scopus)


The phosphoinositide 3-kinase-Akt signaling pathway is essential to many biological processes, including cell proliferation, survival, metabolism, and angiogenesis, under pathophysiological conditions. Although 3-phosphoinositide-dependent kinase 1 (PDK1) is a primary activator of Akt at the plasma membrane, the optimal activation mechanism remains unclear. We report that adhesion molecule with IgG-like domain 2 (AMI GO2) is a novel scaffold protein that regulates PDK1 membrane localization and Akt activation. Loss of AMI GO2 in endothelial cells (ECs) led to apoptosis and inhibition of angiogenesis with Akt inactivation. Amino acid residues 465-474 in AMI GO2 directly bind to the PDK1 pleckstrin homology domain. A synthetic peptide containing the AMI GO2 465-474 residues abrogated the AMI GO2-PDK1 interaction and Akt activation. Moreover, it effectively suppressed pathological angiogenesis in murine tumor and oxygen-induced retinopathy models. These results demonstrate that AMI GO2 is an important regulator of the PDK1-Akt pathway in ECs and suggest that interference of the PDK1-AMI GO2 interaction might be a novel pharmaceutical target for designing an Akt pathway inhibitor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-637
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
funded by MEST (grant NRF-2011-0019267). This work was also supported by the Mid-career Researcher Program (grant NRF-2013R1A2A2A01068963) through an NRF grant funded by MEST.

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST; grants NRF-2015R1A2A1A05001859 and NRF-2013M3A9B6046563) and by the Bio and Medical Technology Development Program of the NRF

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Park et al.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cell Biology


Dive into the research topics of 'AMI GO2, a novel membrane anchor of PDK1, controls cell survival and angiogenesis via Akt activation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this