Regulation of the urokinase-type plasminogen activator gene by the oncogene Tpr-Met involves GRB2

Daniel Besser, Alberto Bardelli, Svetlana Didichenko, Marcus Thelen, Paolo M. Comoglio, Carola Ponzetto, Yoshikuni Nagamine

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The oncogene Tpr-Met is a constitutively active form of the hepatocyte growth factor/scatter factor (HGF/SF) receptor Met. It comprises the intracellular moiety of Met linked to the dimerization domain of the nuclear envelope protein Tpr, thus functioning as a constitutively activated Met. HGF/SF is responsible for various biological processes including angiogenesis and wound healing, in which secreted serine protease urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) is implicated. The action of HGF/SF on cells is mediated by the autophosphorylation of Met on two carboxyterminal tyrosine residues, Y1349VHVNATVY1356VNV. The two tyrosine residues provide docking sites for various effector molecules, suggesting that multiple signaling pathways are activated to exert biological effects of HGF/SF. We found that Tpr-Met efficiently activates the uPA gene via a SOS/Ras/extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK)-dependent signaling pathway. Mutation of Y1356 which abrogates GRB2, binding, reduced the induction to half of the control level, while mutation of Y1349 showed little effect on uPA induction, suggesting an important but partly replaceable role for GRB2 in Met-dependent uPA gene induction. Mutation of both Y1349VHV and Y1356VNV into optimal PI 3-kinase sites resulted in a residual induction of about one quarter of the control level, suggesting a potential role for PI 3-kinase. Dose-response analysis of the Tpr-Met showed a biphasic curve. These results suggest that the interplay among different signaling molecules on the receptor is important for full induction of the pathway leading to the activation of the uPA gene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-711
Number of pages7
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • GRB2
  • Hepatocyte growth factor
  • Plasminogen activator
  • Signal transduction
  • Tpr-Met

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research
  • Genetics


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