Title: Recurrent PPP2R1A mutations in uterine cancer act through a dominant-negative mechanism to promote malignant cell growth
Authors: Haesen, Dorien
Abbasi Asbagh, Layka
Derua, Rita
Hubert, Antoine
Schrauwen, Stefanie
Hoorne, Yana
Amant, Frédéric
Waelkens, Etienne
Sablina, Anna
Janssens, Veerle # ×
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2016
Publisher: Waverly Press
Series Title: Cancer Research vol:76 issue:19 pages:5719-5731
Article number: canres.3342.2015
Abstract: Somatic missense mutations in the Ser/Thr protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) Aα scaffold subunit gene PPP2R1A are among the few genomic alterations that occur frequently in serous endometrial carcinoma (EC) and carcinosarcoma, two clinically aggressive subtypes of uterine cancer with few therapeutic options. Previous studies reported that cancer-associated Aα mutants exhibit defects in binding to other PP2A subunits and contribute to cancer development by a mechanism of haploinsufficiency. Here we report on the functional significance of the most recurrent PPP2R1A mutations in human EC which cluster in Aα HEAT repeats 5 and 7. Beyond predicted loss-of-function effects on the formation of a subset of PP2A holoenzymes, we discovered that Aα mutants behave in a dominant-negative manner due to gain-of-function interactions with the PP2A inhibitor TIPRL1. Dominant-negative Aα mutants retain binding to specific subunits of the B56/B' family and form substrate trapping complexes with impaired phosphatase activity via increased recruitment of TIPRL1. Accordingly, overexpression of the Aα mutants in EC cells harboring wildtype PPP2R1A increased anchorage-independent growth and tumor formation, and triggered hyperphosphorylation of oncogenic PP2A-B56/B' substrates in the GSK3β, Akt and mTOR/p70S6K signaling pathways. TIPRL1 silencing restored GSK3β phosphorylation and rescued the EC cell growth advantage. Our results reveal how PPP2R1A mutations affect PP2A function and oncogenic signaling, illuminating the genetic basis for serous EC development and its potential control by rationally targeted therapies.
ISSN: 0008-5472
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Gynaecological Oncology
Laboratory of Protein Phosphorylation and Proteomics
Laboratory for Mechanisms of Cell Transformation (VIB-KU Leuven Centre for Cancer Biology)
Department of Human Genetics - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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