Decreased expression levels of EPHB6, a member of the receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), are associated with an increased risk of metastasis development in early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, the signaling properties of the kinase-defective EPHB6 receptor are not well-understood. Here, we show that expression of EPHB6 in A549 lung adenocarinoma cells led to phosphorylation of the MAP kinase ERK. Conversely, siRNA based knockdown of EPHB6 reversed ERK phosphorylation. Intriguingly, EPHB6-induced phosphorylation of ERK was uncoupled by activation of the Elk-1 transcriptional factor. These analyses suggest that kinase defective EPHB6 can lead to MAPK activation.
- Extracellular-signal-regulated kinase
- Mitogen-activated protein kinase
- Non-small cell lung cancer
- Receptor tyrosine kinase
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research