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The invasive nature of glioblastoma renders them incurable by current therapeutic interventions. Using a novel invasive human glioma model, we previously identified the neurotrophin receptor p75(NTR) (aka CD271) as a mediator of glioma invasion. Herein, we provide evidence that preventing phosphorylation of p75(NTR) on S303 by pharmacological inhibition of PKA, or by a mutational strategy (S303G), cripples p75(NTR)-mediated glioma invasion resulting in serine phosphorylation within the C-terminal PDZ-binding motif (SPV) of p75(NTR). Consistent with this, deletion (ΔSPV) or mutation (SPM) of the PDZ motif results in abrogation of p75(NTR)-mediated invasion. Using a peptide-based strategy, we identified PDLIM1 as a novel signaling adaptor for p75(NTR) and provide the first evidence for a regulated interaction via S425 phosphorylation. Importantly, PDLIM1 was shown to interact with p75(NTR) in highly invasive patient-derived glioma stem cells/tumor-initiating cells and shRNA knockdown of PDLIM1 in vitro and in vivo results in complete ablation of p75(NTR)-mediated invasion. Collectively, these data demonstrate a requirement for a regulated interaction of p75(NTR) with PDLIM1 and suggest that targeting either the PDZ domain interactions and/or the phosphorylation of p75(NTR) by PKA could provide therapeutic strategies for patients with glioblastoma.


B Y Ahn, R F G Saldanha-Gama, J J Rahn, X Hao, J Zhang, N-H Dang, M Alshehri, S M Robbins, D L Senger. Glioma invasion mediated by the p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75(NTR)/CD271) requires regulated interaction with PDLIM1. Oncogene. 2016 Mar 17;35(11):1411-22

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PMID: 26119933

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