Tumor suppressor REIC/DKK-3 and co-chaperone SGTA: Their interaction and roles in the androgen sensitivity

Kazuhiko Ochiai, Masami Morimatsu, Yuiko Kato, Toshina Ishiguro-Oonuma, Chihiro Udagawa, Oumaporn Rungsuriyawiboon, Daigo Azakami, Masaki Michishita, Yuichi Ariyoshi, Hideo Ueki, Yasutomo Nasu, Hiromi Kumon, Masami Watanabe, Toshinori Omi

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REIC/DKK-3 is a tumor suppressor, however, its intracellular physiological functions and interacting molecules have not been fully clarified. Using yeast twohybrid screening, we found that small glutamine-rich tetratricopeptide repeatcontaining protein a (SGTA), known as a negative modulator of cytoplasmic androgen receptor (AR) signaling, is a novel interacting partner of REIC/DKK-3. Mammalian twohybrid and pull-down assay results indicated that the SGTA-REIC/DKK-3 interaction involved the N-terminal regions of both REIC/DKK-3 and SGTA and that REIC/DKK-3 interfered with the dimerization of SGTA, which is a component of the AR complex and a suppressor of dynein motor-dependent AR transport and signaling. A reporter assay in human prostate cancer cells that displayed suppressed AR signaling by SGTA showed recovery of AR signaling by REIC/DKK-3 expression. Considering these results and our previous data that REIC/DKK-3 interacts with the dynein light chain TCTEX-1, we propose that the REIC/DKK-3 protein interferes with SGTA dimerization, promotes dynein-dependent AR transport and then upregulates AR signaling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3283-3296
Number of pages14
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Androgen
  • Prostate cancer
  • REIC/DKK-3
  • SGTA
  • TCTEX-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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