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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Oct 9;115(41):E9570-E9579. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1810209115. Epub 2018 Sep 24.

Role for ERK1/2-dependent activation of FCHSD2 in cancer cell-selective regulation of clathrin-mediated endocytosis.

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Department of Cell Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75390.
Department of Cell Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75390


Clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME) regulates the uptake of cell-surface receptors as well as their downstream signaling activities. We recently reported that signaling can reciprocally regulate CME in cancer cells and that this crosstalk can contribute to cancer progression. To further explore the nature and extent of the crosstalk between signaling and CME in cancer cell biology, we analyzed a panel of oncogenic signaling kinase inhibitors for their effects on CME across a panel of normal and cancerous cells. Inhibition of several kinases selectively affected CME in cancer cells, including inhibition of ERK1/2, which selectively inhibited CME by decreasing the rate of clathrin-coated pit (CCP) initiation. We identified an ERK1/2 substrate, the FCH/F-BAR and SH3 domain-containing protein FCHSD2, as being essential for the ERK1/2-dependent effects on CME and CCP initiation. Our data suggest that ERK1/2 phosphorylation activates FCHSD2 and regulates EGF receptor (EGFR) endocytic trafficking as well as downstream signaling activities. Loss of FCHSD2 activity in nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells leads to increased cell-surface expression and altered signaling downstream of EGFR, resulting in enhanced cell proliferation and migration. The expression level of FCHSD2 is positively correlated with higher NSCLC patient survival rates, suggesting that FCHSD2 can negatively affect cancer progression. These findings provide insight into the mechanisms and consequences of the reciprocal regulation of signaling and CME in cancer cells.


Nervous Wreck; epidermal growth factor receptor; nonsmall cell lung cancer; signal transduction

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