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EphA3 is up-regulated by epidermal growth factor and promotes formation of glioblastoma cell aggregates

Toyama, Moe, Hamaoka, Yuho, Katoh, Hironori
Biochemical and biophysical research communications 2019 v.508 no.3 pp. 715-721
cadherins, cell aggregates, cell growth, epidermal growth factor, gene deletion, gene overexpression, glioblastoma, humans, receptor protein-tyrosine kinase, small interfering RNA
EphA3, a member of the Eph family of receptor tyrosine kinases, has been reported to be overexpressed in some human cancers including glioblastoma. Here, we found that expression of EphA3 is up-regulated in response to epidermal growth factor (EGF) stimulation and promotes formation of cell aggregates in suspension culture of glioblastoma cells. Suppression of EphA3 expression by short hairpin RNA-mediated knockdown or CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene deletion inhibited EGF-induced promotion of cell aggregate formation, whereas overexpression of EphA3 promoted formation of cell aggregates in suspension culture. EGF-induced EphA3 expression and promotion of cell aggregate formation required Akt activity. Furthermore, N-cadherin, whose expression was regulated by EGF and EphA3, contributed to the formation of cell aggregates in suspension culture. These results suggest that the regulation of EphA3 expression plays a critical role in glioblastoma cell growth in non-adherent conditions.