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Cell Signal. 2014 Jun;26(6):1283-93. doi: 10.1016/j.cellsig.2014.02.008. Epub 2014 Feb 28.

Phosphorylation of DEP-1/PTPRJ on threonine 1318 regulates Src activation and endothelial cell permeability induced by vascular endothelial growth factor.

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CRCHUM - Centre de recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal and Institut du Cancer de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
CRCHUM - Centre de recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal and Institut du Cancer de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada; Department of Medicine, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada. Electronic address:


The protein tyrosine phosphatase DEP-1/PTPRJ positively regulates Src family kinases and critical biological functions in endothelial and hematopoietic cells. Phosphorylation of DEP-1 on Y1311/Y1320 mediates the association and activation of Src, and promotes Src-dependent angiogenic responses including endothelial cell permeability. We have identified T1318 as a phosphorylated residue proximal to Y1320. The aim of this study was to determine if T1318 phosphorylation exerts a regulatory role over the function of DEP-1. We show that phosphorylation of DEP-1 on Y1320 was reduced when T1318 was mutated. This led to the decreased association of DEP-1 T1318A with Src, and defective Src activation in both HEK 293T and VEGF-stimulated endothelial cells. Consistent with these findings, VEGF-induced tyrosine phosphorylation of VE-cadherin, its association to β-arrestin1/2, and cell permeability were impaired in cells expressing DEP-1 T1318A. Conversely, expression of the phosphomimetic mutant DEP-1 T1318E constitutively enhanced the phosphorylation of Y1320 and VE-cadherin over that induced by WT DEP-1, and resulted in increased VEGF-dependent permeability. DEP-1 T1318 is part of a CK2 consensus phosphorylation site and was identified as a CK2 substrate. Modulation of CK2 expression or activity in endothelial cells regulated T1318 phosphorylation, and correlated with the status of Y1320 phosphorylation, Src activation, and cell permeability. CK2-dependent phosphorylation of DEP-1 T1318 promotes Y1320 phosphorylation and Src activation upon VEGF stimulation. Phosphorylation of T1318 is thus part of a regulatory mechanism that channels the activity of DEP-1 towards Src to allow its optimal activation and the promotion of endothelial cell permeability.


Protein tyrosine phosphatase; Src; VE-cadherin; Vascular endothelial growth factor; Vascular permeability

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