Sur8/Shoc2 promotes cell motility and metastasis through activation of Ras-PI3K signaling

Saluja Kaduwal, Woo Jeong Jeong, Jong Chan Park, Kug Hwa Lee, Young Mi Lee, Soung Hoo Jeon, Yong beom Lim, Do Sik Min, Kang Yell Choi

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Sur8 (also known as Shoc2) is a Ras-Raf scaffold protein that modulates signaling through extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) pathway. Although Sur8 has been shown to be a scaffold protein of the Ras-ERK pathway, its interaction with other signaling pathways and its involvement in tumor malignancy has not been reported. We identified that Sur8 interacts with the p110a subunit of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), as well as with Ras and Raf, and these interactions are increased in an epidermal growth factor (EGF)- and oncogenic Ras-dependent manner. Sur8 regulates cell migration and invasion via activation of Rac and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Interestingly, using inhibitors of MEK and PI3K we found Sur8 mediates these cellular behaviors predominantly through PI3K pathway. We further found that human metastatic melanoma tissues had higher Sur8 content followed by activations of Akt, ERK, and Rac. Lentivirus-mediated Sur8-knockdown attenuated metastatic potential of highly invasive B16-F10 melanoma cells indicating the role of Sur8 in melanoma metastasis. This is the first report to identify the role of scaffold protein Sur8 in regulating cell motility, invasion, and metastasis through activation of both ERK and PI3K pathways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33091-33105
Number of pages15
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology


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