Ligation of EphA2 by Ephrin A1-Fc inhibits pancreatic adenocarcinoma cellular invasiveness

Mark S. Duxbury, Hiromichi Ito, Michael J. Zinner, Stanley W. Ashley, Edward E. Whang

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The Eph tyrosine kinases interact with ligands of the Ephrin family and have diverse cellular functions. EphA2 has been recognized to be an oncoprotein of importance in a range of cancers. Here, we examine the effect of EphA2 overexpression and ligation by chimeric Ephrin A1-Fc on the invasive phenotype of pancreatic adenocarcinoma cells. We show that EphA2 overexpression induces a FAK-dependent increase in MMP-2 expression and invasiveness. EphA2 ligation induces proteosomal degradation of EphA2, attenuates the invasive phenotype, and decreases both FAK phosphorylation and MMP-2 expression. EphA2 appears to represent a rational therapeutic target and ligation by Ephrin A1-Fc is one strategy to modulate levels of this oncoprotein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1096-1102
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 6 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Cancer
  • EphA2
  • Ephrin A1
  • Focal adhesion kinase
  • Invasion
  • Pancreatic
  • Tyrosine kinase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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