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Annexin A6 improves anti-migratory and anti-invasive properties of tyrosine kinase inhibitors in EGFR overexpressing human squamous epithelial cells


Annexin A6 (AnxA6), a member of the calcium (Ca(2+) ) and membrane binding annexins, is known to stabilize and establish the formation of multifactorial signaling complexes. At the plasma membrane, AnxA6 is a scaffold for protein kinase Calpha (PKCalpha) and GTPase-activating protein p120GAP to promote downregulation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and Ras/mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling. In human squamous A431 epithelial carcinoma cells, which overexpress EGFR, but lack endogenous AnxA6, restoration of AnxA6 expression (A431-A6) promotes PKCalpha-mediated threonine 654 (T654)-EGFR phosphorylation, which inhibits EGFR tyrosine kinase activity. This is associated with reduced A431-A6 cell growth, but also decreased migration and invasion in wound healing, matrigel, and organotypic matrices. Here, we show that A431-A6 cells display reduced EGFR activity in vivo, with xenograft analysis identifying increased pT654-EGFR levels, but reduced tyrosine EGFR phosphorylation compared to controls. In contrast, PKCalpha depletion in A431-A6 tumors is associated with strongly reduced pT654 EGFR levels, yet increased EGFR tyrosine phosphorylation and MAPK activity. Moreover, tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs; gefitinib, erlotinib) more effectively inhibit cell viability, clonogenic growth, and wound healing of A431-A6 cells compared to controls. Likewise, the ability of AnxA6 to inhibit A431 motility and invasiveness strongly improves TKI efficacy in matrigel invasion assays. This correlates with a greatly reduced invasion of the surrounding matrix of TKI-treated A431-A6 when cultured in 3D spheroids. Altogether, these findings implicate that elevated AnxA6 scaffold levels contribute to improve TKI-mediated inhibition of growth and migration, but also invasive properties in EGFR overexpressing human squamous epithelial carcinoma.

Type Journal
ISBN 1742-4658 (Electronic) 1742-464X (Linking)
Authors Hoque, M.; Elmaghrabi, Y. A.; Kose, M.; Beevi, S. S.; Jose, J.; Meneses-Salas, E.; Blanco-Munoz, P.; Conway, J. R. W.; Swarbrick, A.; Timpson, P.; Tebar, F.; Enrich, C.; Rentero, C.; Grewal, T.
Responsible Garvan Author Prof Paul Timpson
Publisher Name FEBS Journal
Published Date 2020-07-01
Published Volume 287
Published Issue 14
Published Pages 2961-2978
Status Published in-print
DOI 10.1111/febs.15186
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