Metastasis and AKT activation

Metastasis and AKT activation
Inflammatory Signaling Lab
PARK, Geunsoo
1. Why we must study metastasis?
2. What is metastasis?
Main Subject
3. AKT signal pathway
4. EMT
5. Aniokis Resistance
6. AKT regulation
7. Therapy of PI3K/AKT pathway
8. Summary
9. Reference
1. Why we must study metastasis?
 21.6% Cancer Death in whole death
 Cancer is most high in death statistic
 Cancer patients die 90% by metastasis
2. What is the Metastasis?
Nat Rev Cancer. 2007 Feb;7(2):79-94
Malignant cells spread from the tumor of origin to colonize distant ogran.
Metastasis steps consist of local invasion, intravasation, circulation, extravasation
and colonization.
3. AKT signal pathway
Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2005 Dec;4(12):988-1004
4. EMT
 Hyper-AKT decrease
cell-cell connection by
phosphorylation GSK-3β.
Loss of E-cadherin
through DNA methylation.
Connection from AKT to
SNAIL induces EMT
through decreasing cellcell adhesion.
Nat Rev Cancer. 2009 Apr;9(4):265-73
EMT signaling networks
Cell morphology
Oncogene. 2007 Nov 22;26(53):7445-56
5. Aniokis Resistance
The EGFR-mediated activation of
ERK and PI3K/AKT signaling leads to
degradation of the Bim and
inhibition of the apoptotic process.
B. Cell lacking contact with ECM fails
to activate the prosurvival pathway.
Antioxid Redox Signal. 2009 Nov;11(11):2791-806
In metastasis cancer cells, always
ROS maintained high level. Cell
lacking contact with ECM leads to
degradation of the Bim and
inhibition of the apoptotic process.
6. AKT Regulation
AKT activation
 erbB/HER regulate cell growth and proliferation.
 EGF-I is involved in malignant transfrmation, tumor growth, local invasion and
distant metastasis and Resistance to treatment.
 HGF is associated with cancer cell invasion.
 SFK are associated EMT, increased invasineness and malignant transformation.
AKT Activation
▶PI3K catalyses the conversion of PIP2 to PIP3.
▶Two Phosphorylation
① PDK1 at Thr-308 on the activation loop
② mTORC2 at Ser-473 on the hydrophobic motif
AKT Inhibition
 PTEN directly antagonizes the activity of
PI3K by dephosphorylating
phosphoinositides. (PIP3 → PIP2)
 PHLPP expression induced
dephosphorylation AKT at Ser-473
 PP2A dephoshorylates Thr-308 of AKT on
the activation loop and Modulates ERK
7. Therapy though PI3K/AKT pathway
Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2005 Dec;4(12):988-1004
Therapy target : PI3K inhibitor, AKT, mTOR, Other Pathway components.
8. Summary
PI3K activation
GSK-3β suppress
E-cadherin reduce
Cell-cell Adhesion suppress
EMT induce
8. Summary
 PI3K catalyzed phosphorylation of AKT on Ser-473.
 Activated AKT phosphorylates GSK-3β, causing its proteosomal removal.
 GSK-3β increases the negative transcription factor SNAIL.
 SNAIL decreases E-cadherin that forms adhesions between adjacent cells.
 Lowered E-cadherin can indirectly activate AKT.
9. Reference
Metastasis and AKT activation. J Cell Physiol. 2009 Mar;218(3):451-4.
Transitions between epithelial and mesenchymal states: acquisition of malignant
and stem cell traits. Nat Rev Cancer. 2009 Apr;9(4):265-73
G-protein-coupled receptors and cancer. Nat Rev Cancer. 2007 Feb;7(2):79-94.
Exploiting the PI3K/AKT pathway for cancer drug discovery Nat Rev Drug Discov.
2005 Dec;4(12):988-1004.
Activation of NF-kappaB by Akt upregulates Snail expression and induces
epithelium mesenchyme transition Oncogene. 2007 Nov 22;26(53):7445-56. Epub
2007 Jun 11.
Redox-based escape mechanism from death: the cancer lesson Antioxid Redox
Signal. 2009 Nov;11(11):2791-806.
Molecular Medicine: Cancer, Signal Transduction, and the ras oncogenes (Chapter
13 Pathways of Intracellular Signal Transduction)

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