Negative regulation of LRP6 function by casein kinase I epsilon phosphorylation.

Department of Oncological Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-5550, USA.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.6). 06/2006; 281(18):12233-41. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M510580200
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ABSTRACT Wnt signaling acts in part through the low density lipoprotein receptor-related transmembrane proteins LRP5 and LRP6 to regulate embryonic development and stem cell proliferation. Up-regulated signaling is associated with many forms of cancer. Casein kinase I epsilon (CKIepsilon) is a known component of the Wnt-beta-catenin signaling pathway. We find that CKIepsilon binds to LRP5 and LRP6 in vitro and in vivo and identify three CKIepsilon-specific phosphorylation sites in LRP6. Two of the identified phosphorylation sites, Ser1420 and Ser1430, influence Wnt signaling in vivo, since LRP6 with mutation of these sites is a more potent activator of both beta-catenin accumulation and Lef-1 reporter activity. Whereas Wnt3a regulates CKIepsilon kinase activity, LRP6 does not, placing CKIepsilon upstream of LRP6. Mutation of LRP6 Ser1420 and Ser1430 to alanine strengthens its interaction with axin, suggesting a mechanism by which CKIepsilon may negatively regulate Wnt signaling. The role of CKIepsilon is therefore more complex than was previously appreciated. Generation of active CKIepsilon may induce a negative feedback loop by phosphorylation of sites on LRP5/6 that modulate axin binding and hence beta-catenin degradation.

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