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Caveolin-1 promotes Ewing sarcoma metastasis regulating MMP-9 expression through MAPK/ERK pathway

Laura Lagares-Tena, Silvia García-Monclús, Roser López-Alemany, Olga Almacellas-Rabaiget, Juan Huertas-Martínez, Miguel Sáinz-Jaspeado, Silvia Mateo-Lozano, Carlos Rodríguez-Galindo, Santiago Rello-Varona, David Herrero-Martín and Oscar M. Tirado _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:56889-56903. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.10872

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Laura Lagares-Tena1, Silvia García-Monclús1, Roser López-Alemany1, Olga Almacellas-Rabaiget1, Juan Huertas-Martínez1, Miguel Sáinz-Jaspeado1, Silvia Mateo-Lozano2, Carlos Rodríguez-Galindo3, Santiago Rello-Varona1, David Herrero-Martín1, Oscar M. Tirado1

1Sarcoma Research Group, Institut d’Investigació Biomèdica de Bellvitge-IDIBELL, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain

2Developmental Tumor Biology Laboratory, Hospital Sant Joan de Deu, Barcelona, Spain

3Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Correspondence to:

Oscar M. Tirado, email: omartinez@idibell.cat

Keywords: caveolin-1, Ewing sarcoma, metastasis, mmp9, mapk

Received: December 22, 2015     Accepted: July 18, 2016     Published: July 28, 2016


Ewing sarcoma (ES) is a bone and soft tissue sarcoma affecting mostly children and young adults. Caveolin-1 (CAV1) is a well-known target of EWS/FLI1, the main driver of ES, with an oncogenic role in ES. We have previously described how CAV1 is able to induce metastasis in ES via matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9). In the present study we showed how CAV1 silencing in ES reduced MEK1/2 and ERK1/2 phosphorylation. Accordingly, chemical inhibition of MEK1/2 resulted in reduction in MMP-9 expression and activity that correlated with reduced migration and invasion. IQ Motif Containing GTPase Activating Protein 1 (IQGAP1) silencing reduced MEK1/2 and ERK1/2 phosphorylation and MMP-9 expression. Furthermore, IQGAP1 silenced cells showed a marked decrease in their migratory and invasive capacity. We demonstrated that CAV1 and IQGAP1 localize in close proximity at the cellular edge, thus IQGAP1 could be the connecting node between CAV1 and MEK/ERK in ES metastatic phenotype. Analysis of the phosphorylation profile of CAV1-silenced cells showed a decrease of p-ribosomal protein S6 (RPS6). RPS6 can be phosphorylated by p90 ribosomal S6 kinases (RSK) proteins. CAV1-silenced cells showed reduced levels of p-RSK1 and treatment with U0126 provoked the same effect. Despite not affecting ERK1/2 and RPS6 phosphorylation status neither MMP-9 expression nor activity, RSK1 silencing resulted in a reduced migratory and invasive capacity in vitro and reduced incidence of metastases in vivo in a novel orthotopic model. The present work provides new insights into CAV1-driven metastatic process in ES unveiling novel key nodes.

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