PR55α-containing protein phosphatase 2A complexes promote cancer cell migration and invasion through regulation of AP-1 transcriptional activity Academic Article uri icon


  • The proto-oncogene c-Jun is a component of activator protein-1 (AP-1) transcription factor complexes that regulates processes essential for embryonic development, tissue homeostasis and malignant transformation. Induction of gene expression by c-Jun involves stimulation of its transactivation ability and upregulation of DNA binding capacity. While it is well established that the former requires JNK-mediated phosphorylation of S63/S73, the mechanism(s) through which binding of c-Jun to its endogenous target genes is regulated remains poorly characterized. Here we show that interaction of c-Jun with chromatin is positively regulated by protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) complexes targeted to c-Jun by the PR55α regulatory subunit. PR55α-PP2A specifically dephosphorylates T239 of c-Jun, promoting its binding to genes regulating tumour cell migration and invasion. PR55α-PP2A also enhanced transcription of these genes, without affecting phosphorylation of c-Jun on S63. These findings suggest a critical role for interplay between JNK and PP2A pathways determining the functional activity of c-Jun/AP-1 in tumour cells.


publication date

  • 2015