The type III TGF-β receptor regulates epithelial and cancer cell migration through β-arrestin2-mediated activation of Cdc42

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  • Loss of expression of the TGF-β superfamily coreceptor, the type III TGF-β receptor (TβRIII or betaglycan), occurs in a broad spectrum of human cancers including breast lung, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, and renal cell cancer. TβRIII suppresses cancer progression in vivo, at least in part by reducing cancer cell motility. However, the mechanism by which TβRIII regulates migration is unknown. Here, we demonstrate an unexpected TGF-β signaling independent role for TβRIII in activating Cdc42, altering the actin cytoskeleton and reducing directional persistence to inhibit random migration of both cancer and normal epithellal cells. Functionally, TβRIII through its interaction with the scaffolding protein β-arrestin2, activates Cdc42 and inhibits migration. These studies identify a TGF-β independent homeostatic function for TβRIII in regulating cell migration.
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    Author List

  • Mythreye K; Blobe GC
  • Start Page

  • 8221
  • End Page

  • 8226
  • Volume

  • 106
  • Issue

  • 20