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J Biol Chem. 2010 Feb 19;285(8):5541-54. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M109.047050. Epub 2009 Dec 17.

Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate 3-kinase-A is a new cell motility-promoting protein that increases the metastatic potential of tumor cells by two functional activities.

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Institut für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie I, Zelluläre Signaltransduktion, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistrasse 52, D-20246 Hamburg, Germany.


Cellular migration is an essential prerequisite for metastatic dissemination of cancer cells. This study demonstrates that the neuron/testis-specific F-actin-targeted inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate 3-kinase-A (ITPKA) is ectopically expressed in different human tumor cell lines and during tumor progression in the metastatic tumor model Balb-neuT. High expression of ITPKA increases invasive migration in vitro and metastasis in a xenograft SCID mouse model. Mechanistic studies show that ITPKA promotes migration of tumor cells by two different mechanisms as follows: growth factor independently high levels of ITPKA induce the formation of large cellular protrusions by directly modulating the actin cytoskeleton. The F-actin binding activity of ITPKA stabilizes and bundles actin filaments and thus increases the levels of cellular F-actin. In growth factor-stimulated cells, the catalytically active domain enhances basal ITPKA-induced migration by activating store-operated calcium entry through production of inositol 1,3,4,5-tetrakisphosphate and subsequent inhibition of inositol phosphate 5-phosphatase. These two functional activities of ITPKA stimulating tumor cell migration place the enzyme among the potential targets of anti-metastatic therapy.

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