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    ABSTRACT: In an attempt to study the role of Eps8 in human carcinogenesis, we observe that ectopic overexpression of Eps8 in SW480 cells (low Eps8 expression) increases cell proliferation. By contrast, expressing eps8 small interference RNA in SW620 and WiDr cells (high Eps8 expression) reduces their proliferation rate. Interestingly, attenuation of Eps8 decreases Src Pi-Tyr-416, Shc Pi-Tyr-317, and serum-induced FAK Pi-Tyr-397 and Pi-Tyr-861. Remarkably, by virtue of mammalian target of rapamycin/STAT3 Pi-Ser-727, Eps8 modulates FAK expression required for cell proliferation. Within 62% of colorectal tumor specimens examined, >2-fold enhancement of Eps8 as compared with their normal counterparts is observed, especially for those from the advanced stage. In agreement with the modulation of FAK by Eps8, the concomitant expression of these two proteins in tumor specimens is observed. Notably, Eps8 attenuation also impedes the motility of SW620 and WiDr cells, which can be rescued by ectopically expressed FAK. This finding discloses the indispensability of Eps8 and FAK in cell locomotion. These results provide a novel mechanism for Eps8-mediated FAK expression and activation in colon cancer cells.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 07/2007; 282(27):19399-409. · 4.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Histone acetylase and histone deacetylase are two crucial enzymes that determine the structure of chromatin, regulating gene expression. In this study, we observed that trichostatin A (TSA), a specific histone deacetylase inhibitor, could effectively inhibit the growth of v-Src-transformed (IV5) cells and abrogate their ability to form colonies in soft agar. Further analysis demonstrated that, although TSA reduced the expression of Eps8 in a dose- and time-dependent manner, both the protein expression and kinase activity of v-Src remained constant, and the abundance and phosphotyrosine levels of Src substrates, including cortactin, focal adhesion kinase, p130(Cas), paxillin, and Shc, were not altered. Notably, removal of TSA from the medium restored not only the expression of Eps8, but also cellular growth. Northern and reverse transcription-PCR analyses revealed the significant reduction of eps8 transcripts in TSA-treated IV5 cells relative to control cells. When active Src-expressing chicken embryonic cells were forced to overexpress p97(Eps8), they became resistant to TSA-mediated anti-proliferation. Furthermore, using small interference RNA of eps8, we demonstrated the requirement for Eps8 in IV5 cell proliferation. Thus, our results highlight a critical role for p97(Eps8) in TSA-exerted growth inhibition of v-Src-transformed cells.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 04/2004; 279(11):9875-81. · 4.65 Impact Factor