Silencing of SH-PTP2 defines a crucial role in the inactivation of epidermal growth factor receptor by 5-aminosalicylic acid in colon cancer cells

Monteleone G, Franchi L, Fina D, Caruso R, Vavassori P, Monteleone I, Calabrese E, Naccari GC, Bellinvia S, Testi R and Pallone F
Source: Cell Death Differ
Publication Date: (2006)
Issue: 13(2): 202-211
Research Area:
Cancer Research/Cell Biology
Cells used in publication:
Species: human
Tissue Origin: colon
Nucleofectorâ„¢ I/II/2b
Recent studies have suggested that 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) inhibits colorectal cancer (CRC) development. However, the mechanism underlying the antineoplastic effect of 5-ASA remains unknown. We here examined the effect of 5-ASA on epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) activation, a pathway that triggers mitogenic signals in CRC cells. We show that 5-ASA inhibits EGFR activation, through a mechanism that does not rely on CRC cell death induction. 5-ASA enhances the activity, but not expression, of phosphorylated (p)-EGFR-targeting phosphatases (PTPs), and treatment of cells with PTP inhibitors abrogates the 5-ASA-mediated EGFR dephosphorylation. Both SH-PTP1 and SH-PTP2 interact with EGFR upon 5-ASA treatment. However, knockdown of SH-PTP2 but not SH-PTP1 by small interference RNAs prevents the 5-ASA-induced EGFR dephosphorylation. Finally, we show that 5-ASA attenuates p-EGFR in ex vivo organ cultures of CRC explants. Data indicate that 5-ASA disrupts EGFR signalling by enhancing SH-PTP2 activity, and suggest a mechanism by which 5-ASA interferes with CRC growth.