Rac1 is a member of the Rho family of small GTPases that regulates cytoskeletal reorganization, membrane polarization, cell migration and proliferation. Recently, a self-activating mutation of Rac1, Rac1P29S, has been identified as a recurrent somatic mutation frequently found in sun-exposed melanomas, which possesses increased inherent GDP/GTP exchange activity and cell transforming ability. However, the role of cellular Rac1-interacting proteins in the transforming potential of Rac1P29S remains unclear. We found that the catalytic domain of DOCK1, a Rac-specific guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) implicated in malignancy of a variety of cancers, can greatly accelerate the GDP/GTP exchange of Rac1P29S. Enforced expression of Rac1P29S induced matrix invasion and macropinocytosis in wild-type (WT) mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs), but not in DOCK1-deficient MEFs. Consistently, a selective inhibitor of DOCK1 that blocks its GEF function suppressed the invasion and macropinocytosis in WT MEFs expressing Rac1P29S. Human melanoma IGR-1 and breast cancer MDA-MB-157 cells harbor Rac1P29S mutation and express DOCK1 endogenously. Genetic inactivation and pharmacological inhibition of DOCK1 suppressed their invasion and macropinocytosis. Taken together, these results indicate that DOCK1 is a critical regulator of the malignant phenotypes induced by Rac1P29S, and suggest that targeting DOCK1 might be an effective approach to treat cancers associated with Rac1P29S mutation.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 26 2018|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology