The Journal of investigative dermatology

PRL-3 Promotes the Malignant Progression of Melanoma via Triggering Dephosphorylation and Cytoplasmic Localization of NHERF1.

PMID 25897829


Phosphatase of regenerating liver-3 (PRL-3) has been reported to have a critical role in metastatic progression of cancers. Here, we investigate how PRL-3 increases the malignant degree of melanoma cells. The expression of PRL-3 increased gradually during the malignant progression of melanoma. The phosphorylation of Akt was elevated in highly malignant melanoma cells, which was accompanied by a decrease in nuclear phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN). The phosphorylation of NHERF1 in the serine site was regulated by PRL-3 and showed cytoplasmic translocation upon dephosphorylation, which resulted in a decrease in nuclear PTEN. The co-translocation of NHERF1 and PTEN from the nucleus to the cytoplasm was observed during the malignant progression of melanoma cells. Tumor growth was inhibited significantly, and the survival was prolonged upon knockdown of cytoplasmic NHERF1 in B16BL6 cells prior to the inoculation into mice. Taken together, to our knowledge previously unreported, we have identified NHERF1 as a potential substrate of PRL-3. Its phosphorylation status as well as its change in cellular localization and association with PTEN correlated with the malignant progression of melanoma. Our data provide an explanation for how PRL-3 promotes the malignant progression of melanoma, as well as a diagnostic marker or therapeutic target for malignant melanoma.