CD44 Interaction with Tiam1 Promotes Rac1 Signaling and Hyaluronic Acid-mediated Breast Tumor Cell Migration

Lilly Y. W. Bourguignon, Hongbo Zhu, Lijun Shao, You Wei Chen
2000 Journal of Biological Chemistry  
In this study we have explored the interaction between CD44 (the hyaluronic acid (HA)-binding receptor) and Tiam1 (a guanine nucleotide exchange factor) in metastatic breast tumor cells (SP1 cell line). Immunoprecipitation and immunoblot analyses indicate that both the CD44v3 isoform and the Tiam1 protein are expressed in SP1 cells and that these two proteins are physically associated as a complex in vivo. Using an Escherichia coli-derived calmodulin-binding peptidetagged Tiam1 fragment (i.e.
more » ... e NH 2 -terminal pleckstrin homology (PHn) domain and an adjacent protein interaction domain designated as PHn-CC-Ex, amino acids 393-738 of Tiam1) and an in vitro binding assay, we have detected a specific binding interaction between the Tiam1 PHn-CC-Ex domain and CD44. Scatchard plot analysis indicates that there is a single high affinity CD44 binding site in the PHn-CC-Ex domain of Tiam1 with an apparent dissociation constant (K d ) of 0.2 nM, which is comparable with CD44 binding (K d ‫؍‬ ϳ0.13 nM) to intact Tiam1. These findings suggest that the PHn-
doi:10.1074/jbc.275.3.1829 pmid:10636882 fatcat:frkr3ontqnh3rntiughreqw2sq