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Neurogenetics. 2007 Nov;8(4):249-56. Epub 2007 Jul 27.

CCM3 interacts with CCM2 indicating common pathogenesis for cerebral cavernous malformations.

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  • 1Department of Human Genetics, University of Würzburg, Biozentrum, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg, Germany.


Individuals carrying a mutation in one of the three cerebral cavernous malformation genes (CCM1/KRIT1, CCM2, CCM3) cannot be clinically distinguished, raising the possibility that they act within common molecular pathways. In this study, we demonstrate that CCM3 (PDCD10) coprecipitates and colocalizes with CCM2. We also show that CCM3 directly binds to serine/threonine kinase 25 (STK25, YSK1, SOK1) and the phosphatase domain of Fas-associated phosphatase-1 (FAP-1, PTPN13, PTP-Bas, PTP-BL). CCM3 is phosphorylated by STK25 but not by its other Yeast-Two hybrid interactor STK24, whereas the C-terminal catalytic domain of FAP-1 dephosphorylates CCM3. Finally, our experiments reveal that STK25 forms a protein complex with CCM2. Thus, our data link two proteins of unknown function, CCM3 and STK25, with CCM2, which is part of signaling pathways essential for vascular development and CCM pathogenesis.

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