PIKE (Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase Enhancer)-A GTPase Stimulates Akt Activity and Mediates Cellular Invasion

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  • Akt/PKB is a crucial regulator of diverse cellular processes and contributes to cancer progression. Activation of Akt is essentially dependent on phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3-kinase signaling. Here, we describe a novel mediator of Akt that is independent of PI 3-kinase. This mediator, PIKE-A, is a PIKE isoform and contains GTPase, pleckstrin homology, ArfGAP, and ankyrin repeats domains. PIKE-A directly binds to activated Akt but not PI 3-kinase in a guanine nucleotide-dependent way and stimulates the kinase activity of Akt. Overexpression of PIKE-A enhances Akt activity and promotes cancer cell invasion, whereas dominant-negative PIKE-A and PIKE-A knockdown markedly inhibit these processes. Our results demonstrate that PIKE-A is a physiologic regulator of Akt and an oncogenic effector of cell invasion.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 22751331
  • Author List

  • Ahn JY; Rong R; Kroll TG; Van Meir EG; Snyder SH; Ye K
  • Start Page

  • 16441
  • End Page

  • 16451
  • Volume

  • 279
  • Issue

  • 16