Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E binding protein 1 (4EBP-1) function is suppressed by Src and PP2A on extracellular matrix

Nho RS & Peterson M.
J Biol Chem, 2011

Human lung fibroblasts utilize integrins to attach and proliferate on type I collagen. ß1 integrin is the major integrin subunit for this attachment. Integrins coordinate cellular responses to cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions that regulate a variety of biological processes. Although ß1 integrin-mediated signaling pathways in lung fibroblasts have been studied, a detailed molecular mechanism regulating translational control of gene expression by 4EBP-1 is not understood. 4EBP-1 inhibits cap-dependent translation by binding to the eIF4E translation initiation factor. We found that when lung fibroblasts attach to collagen via ß1 integrin, high Src activity suppresses 4EBP-1 expression via PP2A and the decrease of 4EBP-1 is due to protein degradation. The inhibition of Src activity dramatically increases PP2A and 4EBP-1 expression. Furthermore ectopic expression of PP2A, or PP2A silencing using PP2A siRNA confirmed that 4EBP-1 is regulated by PP2A. In addition, we found that 4EBP-1 inhibition by fibroblast attachment to collagen increases cap-dependent translation. Our study showed that when lung fibroblasts are attached to collagen matrix, ß1-integrin/Src/PP2A-mediated 4EBP-1 regulatory pathway is activated. We suggest that ß1-integrin-mediated signaling pathway may be a crucial event in regulating fibroblast translational control machinery on collagen matrix.

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J Biol Chem
doi: 10.1074/jbc.M111.222299