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This article has been retracted. Retraction in: Oncotarget. 2019; 10:5730-5730.

MIG-7 and phosphorylated prohibitin coordinately regulate lung cancer invasion/metastasis

Ming-Yi Ho, Chi-Ming Liang _ and Shu-Mei Liang

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Oncotarget. 2015; 6:381-393. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.2804

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Ming-Yi Ho1, Chi-Ming Liang1 and Shu-Mei Liang1,2

1 Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

2 Agricultural Biotechnology Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC


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Keywords: growth factors, migration inducting gene-7 (MIG-7), prohibitin (PHB), COX-2/PGE2, lung cancer invasion/metastasis

Received: September 24, 2014 Accepted: November 15, 2014 Published: November 16, 2014


Growth factors and COX-2/PGE2 enhance lung cancer invasion/metastasis via PI3K/Akt and RAS/Raf. Here, we explored their mechanism of action further. We found first that higher levels of migration inducting gene-7 protein (MIG-7) and PHB phosphorylated at threonine 258 (phospho-PHBT258) are positively correlated with advanced stages of human lung cancer in tissue microarray. PGE2 or growth factors such as EGF, HGF and IGF-1 increased complex formation of phospho-PHBT258 with Ras, phospho-AktS473, phospho-Raf-1S338, MEKK1 and IKKα/βS176/180 in the raft domain transiently within 1 hour and MIG-7 in the cytosol 12-24 hours later. Association of phospho-PHBT258 with MEKK1 but not MEKK3 activates IKK/IκB/NF-κB and MEK/ERK to increase cellular COX-2/PGE2 and an E-cadherin suppressor Snail leading to enhancement of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and lung cancer migration/invasion. MIG-7, on the other hand, was induced by growth factors and PGE2 via Akt/GSK-3β in a phospho-PHBT258 independent manner. MIG-7 increased two E-cadherin suppressors ZEB-1 and Twist to enhance EMT and cancer migration/invasion. Downregulating phospho-PHBT258 and MIG-7 had an additive effect on attenuating lung cancer invasion/metastasis and prolonging the survival of xenograft mice. Phospho-PHBT258 and MIG-7 may thus play complementary roles in the initiation and sustainment of the effects of growth factors and COX-2/PGE2 on cancer invasion/metastasis.

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