The ubiquitin ligase gp78 promotes sarcoma metastasis by targeting KAI1 for degradation.
ABSTRACT Metastasis is the primary cause of mortality from cancer, but the mechanisms leading to metastasis are poorly understood. In particular, relatively little is known about metastasis in cancers of mesenchymal origins, which are known as sarcomas. Approximately ten proteins have been characterized as 'metastasis suppressors', but how these proteins function and are regulated is, in general, not well understood. Gp78 (also known as AMFR or RNF45) is a RING finger E3 ubiquitin ligase that is integral to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and involved in ER-associated degradation (ERAD) of diverse substrates. Here we report that expression of gp78 has a causal role in the metastasis of an aggressive human sarcoma and that this prometastatic activity requires the E3 activity of gp78. Further, gp78 associates with and targets the transmembrane metastasis suppressor, KAI1 (also known as CD82), for degradation. Suppression of gp78 increases KAI1 abundance and reduces the metastatic potential of tumor cells, an effect that is largely blocked by concomitant suppression of KAI1. An inverse relationship between these proteins was confirmed in a human sarcoma tissue microarray. Whereas most previous efforts have focused on genetic mechanisms for the loss of metastasis suppressor genes, our results provide new evidence for post-translational downregulation of a metastasis suppressor by its ubiquitin ligase, resulting in abrogation of its metastasis-suppressing effects.
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ABSTRACT: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) that exert function by posttranscriptional suppression have recently brought insight in our understanding of the role of non-protein-coding RNAs in carcinogenesis and metastasis. In this study, we described the function and molecular mechanism of miR-139-5p in colorectal cancer (CRC) and its potential clinical application in CRC. We found that miR-139-5p was significantly downregulated in 73.8% CRC samples compared with adjacent noncancerous tissues (NCTs), and decreased miR-139-5p was associated with poor prognosis. Functional analyses demonstrated that ectopic expression of miR-139-5p suppressed CRC cell migration and invasion in vitro and metastasis in vivo. Mechanistic investigations revealed that miR-139-5p suppress CRC cell invasion and metastasis by targeting AMFR and NOTCH1. Knockdown of the two genes phenocopied the inhibitory effect of miR-139-5p on CRC metastasis. Furthermore, the protein levels of the two genes were upregulated in CRC samples compared with NCTs, and inversely correlated with the miR-139-5p expression. Increased NOTCH1 protein expression was correlated with poor prognosis of CRC patients. Together, our data indicate that miR-139-5p is a potential tumor suppressor and prognostic factor for CRC, and targeting miR-139-5p may repress the metastasis of CRC and improve survival.Protein & Cell 08/2014; DOI:10.1007/s13238-014-0093-5 · 3.22 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The modification of proteins with polyubiquitin chains alters their stability, localization and activity, thus regulating various aspects of cellular functions in eukaryotic cells. The ER quality control protein E3 gp78 catalyzes Lys48-linked polyubiquitin-chain- assembly on the Ube2g2 active site and is capable of transferring preassembled ubiquitin chains to its substrates. However, the underlying mechanism of polyubiquitin- chain-assembly remains elusive. Here, we demonstrate that the active site-linked ubiquitin chain is extended from the distal end by the cooperative actions of the G2BR and CUE domains of gp78. The G2BR domain is involved in ubiquitin chain synthesis by binding to the donor Ube2g2~Ub and promoting ubiquitin transfer from the E2 in cis. The CUE domain shows preferential binding to the ubiquitin chain compared to monoubiquitin and helps to position the distal ubiquitin in the correct orientation to attack the Ube2g2~Ub thioester bond. Our studies reveal that two interactions, one between the donor Ube2g2~Ub and the gp78 G2BR domain and another between the Ube2g2-linked ubiquitin chain and the gp78 CUE domain, cooperatively drive polyubiquitin-chain-assembly on the Ube2g2 active site.Scientific Reports 11/2014; 4:7138. DOI:10.1038/srep07138 · 5.08 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Stimulator of interferon genes (STING, also known as MITA, ERIS, or MPYS) is essential for host immune responses triggered by microbial DNAs. However, the regulatory mechanisms underlying STING-mediated signaling are not fully understood. We report here that, upon cytoplasmic DNA stimulation, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) protein AMFR was recruited to and interacted with STING in an insulin-induced gene 1 (INSIG1)-dependent manner. AMFR and INSIG1, an E3 ubiquitin ligase complex, then catalyzed the K27-linked polyubiquitination of STING. This modification served as an anchoring platform for recruiting TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) and facilitating its translocation to the perinuclear microsomes. Depletion of AMFR or INSIG1 impaired STING-mediated antiviral gene induction. Consistently, myeloid-cell-specific Insig1(-/-) mice were more susceptible to herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) infection than wild-type mice. This study uncovers an essential role of the ER proteins AMFR and INSIG1 in innate immunity, revealing an important missing link in the STING signaling pathway. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.Immunity 12/2014; 41(6):919-933. DOI:10.1016/j.immuni.2014.11.011 · 19.75 Impact Factor