EGFR phosphorylation of DCBLD2 recruits TRAF6 and stimulates AKT-promoted tumorigenesis.

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Aberrant activation of EGFR in human cancers promotes tumorigenesis through stimulation of AKT signaling. Here, we determined that the discoidina neuropilin-like membrane protein DCBLD2 is upregulated in clinical specimens of glioblastomas and head and neck cancers (HNCs) and is required for EGFR-stimulated tumorigenesis. In multiple cancer cell lines, EGFR activated phosphorylation of tyrosine 750 (Y750) of DCBLD2, which is located within a recently identified binding motif for TNF receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6). Consequently, phosphorylation of DCBLD2 Y750 recruited TRAF6, leading to increased TRAF6 E3 ubiquitin ligase activity and subsequent activation of AKT, thereby enhancing EGFR-driven tumorigenesis. Moreover, evaluation of patient samples of gliomas and HNCs revealed an association among EGFR activation, DCBLD2 phosphorylation, and poor prognoses. Together, our findings uncover a pathway in which DCBLD2 functions as a signal relay for oncogenic EGFR signaling to promote tumorigenesis and suggest DCBLD2 and TRAF6 as potential therapeutic targets for human cancers that are associated with EGFR activation.

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Cited Authors

  • Feng, H; Lopez, GY; Kim, CK; Alvarez, A; Duncan, CG; Nishikawa, R; Nagane, M; Su, A-JA; Auron, PE; Hedberg, ML; Wang, L; Raizer, JJ; Kessler, JA; Parsa, AT; Gao, W-Q; Kim, S-H; Minata, M; Nakano, I; Grandis, JR; McLendon, RE; Bigner, DD; Lin, H-K; Furnari, FB; Cavenee, WK; Hu, B; Yan, H; Cheng, S-Y

Published Date

  • September 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 124 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 3741 - 3756

PubMed ID

  • 25061874

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4151226

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-8238

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1172/JCI73093


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States