Cross-talk between EGFR and T-cadherin: EGFR activation promotes T-cadherin localization to intercellular contacts

Kyriakakis, E. and Maslova, K. and Frachet, A. and Ferri, N. and Contini, A. and Pfaff, D. and Erne, P. and Resink, T. J. and Philippova, M.. (2013) Cross-talk between EGFR and T-cadherin: EGFR activation promotes T-cadherin localization to intercellular contacts. Cellular signalling, Vol. 25, H. 5. pp. 1044-1053.

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Reciprocal cross-talk between receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) and classical cadherins (e.g. EGFR/E-cadherin, VEGFR/VE-cadherin) has gained appreciation as a combinatorial molecular mechanism enabling diversification of the signalling environment and according differential cellular responses. Atypical glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored T-cadherin (T-cad) was recently demonstrated to function as a negative auxiliary regulator of EGFR pathway activation in A431 squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) cells. Here we investigate the reciprocal impact of EGFR activation on T-cad. In resting A431 T-cad was distributed globally over the cell body. Following EGF stimulation T-cad was redistributed to the sites of cell-cell contact where it colocalized with phosphorylated EGFR(Tyr1068). T-cad redistribution was not affected by endomembrane protein trafficking inhibitor brefeldin A or de novo protein synthesis inhibitor cycloheximide, supporting mobilization of plasma membrane associated T-cad. EGF-induced relocalization of T-cad to cell-cell contacts could be abrogated by specific inhibitors of EGFR tyrosine kinase activity (gefitinib or lapatinib), lipid raft integrity (filipin), actin microfilament polymerization (cytochalasin D or cytochalasin B), p38MAPK (SB203580) or Rac1 (compound4). Erk1/2 inhibitor PD98059 increased phospho-EGFR(tyr1068) levels and not only amplified effects of EGF but also per se promoted some relocalization of T-cad to cell-cell contacts. Rac1 activation by EGF was inhibited by gefitinib, lapatinib or SB203580 but amplified by PD98059. Taken together our data suggest that T-cad translocation to cell-cell contacts is sensitive to the activity status of EGFR, requires lipid raft domain integrity and actin filament polymerization, and crucial intracellular signalling mediators include Rac1 and p38MAPK. The study has revealed a novel aspect of reciprocal cross-talk between EGFR and T-cad.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedizin > Further Research Groups at DBM > Signal Transduction (Resink/Erne)
UniBasel Contributors:Resink, Thérèse J. and Erne, Paul
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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