WNT Activates the AAK1 Kinase to Promote Clathrin-Mediated Endocytosis of LRP6 and Establish a Negative Feedback Loop.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

β-Catenin-dependent WNT signal transduction governs development, tissue homeostasis, and a vast array of human diseases. Signal propagation through a WNT-Frizzled/LRP receptor complex requires proteins necessary for clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME). Paradoxically, CME also negatively regulates WNT signaling through internalization and degradation of the receptor complex. Here, using a gain-of-function screen of the human kinome, we report that the AP2 associated kinase 1 (AAK1), a known CME enhancer, inhibits WNT signaling. Reciprocally, AAK1 genetic silencing or its pharmacological inhibition using a potent and selective inhibitor activates WNT signaling. Mechanistically, we show that AAK1 promotes clearance of LRP6 from the plasma membrane to suppress the WNT pathway. Time-course experiments support a transcription-uncoupled, WNT-driven negative feedback loop; prolonged WNT treatment drives AAK1-dependent phosphorylation of AP2M1, clathrin-coated pit maturation, and endocytosis of LRP6. We propose that, following WNT receptor activation, increased AAK1 function and CME limits WNT signaling longevity.

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Cited Authors

  • Agajanian, MJ; Walker, MP; Axtman, AD; Ruela-de-Sousa, RR; Serafin, DS; Rabinowitz, AD; Graham, DM; Ryan, MB; Tamir, T; Nakamichi, Y; Gammons, MV; Bennett, JM; Couñago, RM; Drewry, DH; Elkins, JM; Gileadi, C; Gileadi, O; Godoi, PH; Kapadia, N; Müller, S; Santiago, AS; Sorrell, FJ; Wells, CI; Fedorov, O; Willson, TM; Zuercher, WJ; Major, MB

Published Date

  • January 2, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 79 - 93.e8

PubMed ID

  • 30605688

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6315376

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2211-1247

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.celrep.2018.12.023


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States