NME1L Negatively Regulates IGF1-Dependent Proliferation of Breast Cancer Cells

Dong Joo You, Sunam Mander, Cho Rong Park, Okjae Koo, Cheolju Lee, Seong Hyun Oh, Curie Ahn, Jae Young Seong, Jong Ik Hwang

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Non-metastatic cells 1 (NME1) or nm23 is the first metastasis suppressor gene discovered. It functions through various enzymatic activities and interacts with many intracellular proteins. The NME1 gene encodes two splicing variants, NME1 and NME1L. Most studies have focused on NME1 because of its abundance in cells. We previously reported NME1L-mediated suppression of NF-κB signaling by interacting with and inhibiting IKKβ. In this study, we demonstrated that NME1L, but not NME1, mediated inhibition of cell proliferation, although both NME1 and NME1L were involved in suppressing metastasis. A reporter gene assay was performed to determine the growth signaling pathway regulated by NME1L but none of the growth factors tested could induce an NF-κB-dependent luciferase expression except TNFα. Interestingly, SRE-reporter gene activation by IGF1 was significantly downregulated, along with reduction of ERK phosphorylation in NME1L expressing cells, compared to vector or NME1 expressing cells. NME1L directly interacted with KSR1, which is a scaffold for Raf-1, MEK, and ERK, that regulates ERK activation. Hence, NME1L plays a crucial role in regulation of cell proliferation by inhibiting IGF1-stimulated ERK phosphorylation through N-terminal 25 amino acid-mediated interaction with KSR1. J. Cell. Biochem. 117: 1454-1463, 2016.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1454-1463
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of cellular biochemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of Korea (#10048948), and the Korea Research Foundation Grant to J.-I.H. funded by Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning: MSIP (no. NRF-2013R1A1A2005949).

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© 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


  • IGF1
  • KSR1
  • NME1L

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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