NDR2 kinase contributes to cell invasion and cytokinesis defects induced by the inactivation of RASSF1A tumor-suppressor gene in lung cancer cells
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RASSF1A, a tumor suppressor gene, is frequently inactivated in lung cancer leading to a YAP-dependent epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Such effects are partly due to the inactivation of the anti-migratory RhoB GTPase via the inhibitory phosphorylation of GEF-H1, the GDP/GTP exchange factor for RhoB. However, the kinase responsible for RhoB/GEF-H1 inactivation in RASSF1A-depleted cells remained unknown.
NDR1/2 inactivation by siRNA or shRNA effects on epithelial-mesenchymal transition, invasion, xenograft formation and growth in SCID−/− Beige mice, apoptosis, proliferation, cytokinesis, YAP/TAZ activation were investigated upon RASSF1A loss in human bronchial epithelial cells (HBEC).
We demonstrate here that depletion of the YAP-kinases NDR1/2 reverts migration and metastatic properties upon RASSF1A loss in HBEC. We show that NDR2 interacts directly with GEF-H1 (which contains the NDR phosphorylation consensus motif HXRXXS/T), leading to GEF-H1 phosphorylation. We further report that the RASSF1A/NDR2/GEF-H1/RhoB/YAP axis is involved in proper cytokinesis in human bronchial cells, since chromosome proper segregation are NDR-dependent upon RASSF1A or GEF-H1 loss in HBEC.
To summarize, our data support a model in which, upon RASSF1A silencing, NDR2 gets activated, phosphorylates and inactivates GEF-H1, leading to RhoB inactivation. This cascade induced by RASSF1A loss in bronchial cells is responsible for metastasis properties, YAP activation and cytokinesis defects.
KeywordsRASSF1A GEF-H1 YAP NDR2 kinase Lung cancer
Guanine nucleotide exchange factor 1
Human bronchial epithelial cells
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Ras-association domain family isoform
Rhotekin Rho binding domain
Reverse Transcription-Quantitative real-time-PCR
RASSF1A [Ras association (RalGDS/AF-6) domain family member 1], a tumor and metastatic suppressor gene, is frequently inactivated and an independent predictor of poor prognosis in resected early-stage non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) [1, 2]. This worse prognosis value could be sustained by the disturbance of both Rho GTPases [3, 4], and Hippo signaling pathways [3, 5]. RASSF1A loss in human bronchial epithelial cells (HBEC), actually leads to the inactivation of RhoB , a Rho GTPase with anti-cell migratory properties  and the nuclear translocation of the transcriptional co-activator YAP, with subsequent epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) favoring cell migration and invasion . RhoB inactivation upon RASSF1A loss is the consequence of Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factor GEF-H1 inactivation by phosphorylation . The kinase leading to GEF-H1 inactivation in RASSF1A-depleted HBEC remained unanswered.
The Hippo kinases, NDR1 (STK38) and NDR2 (STK38L) are shown to both phosphorylate/inactivate YAP, one of the terminal targets of Hippo signaling [7, 8] and phosphorylate/inactivate rabin8, a GEF for Rab GTAPses . We thus examined NDR1/2 in the context of RASSF1A loss and report that NDR1/2 knockdown reverted metastatic properties and YAP activation caused by RASSF1A loss in HBEC. We provide evidence for a NDR2/GEF-H1 interaction, leading to GEF-H1 Ser885 phosphorylation/inactivation, followed by RhoB down-regulation. Given the involvement of GEF-H1 and NDR kinases in cell cycle [10, 11], we investigated cell cycle alterations in RASSF1A-depleted HBEC. We found that RASSF1A knockdown induced mitotic abscission defects, which were reverted upon GEF-H1 overexpression or NDR1/2 depletion. We propose a model in which, upon RASSF1A silencing, NDR2 gets activated, phosphorylates GEF-H1, leading to GEF-H1 inactivation, followed by RhoB inactivation. Consequently, RhoB inactivation leads to the cancer-associated phenotypes observed in RASSF1A-depleted HBEC.
Cell culture and transfection
A previous procedure was followed . Cells, whose main molecular alterations are presented Additional file 1: Table S1, were transfected using Lipofectamine RNAiMAX® (Invitrogen™) with siRNA, plasmid DNA or control mimics (Dharmacon™) (Additional file 1: Table S2). Non phosphorylatable GEF-H1 mutants (S265A, S885A) were generated by mutagenesis (Mutagenex, Inc., Suwanee, USA).
ShNDR1 or NDR2 and SCID mice xenograft
The experiments were performed according to the European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrates Used for Scientific Purposes (Project # 13256).
Groups of ten, strain 250, 6 weeks-old, male Fox Chase SCID−/− Beige mice from Charles River™ were anaesthetized according to the manufacturer’s recommendations for xenografting. ShControl (shRNA Control, Sigma-Aldrich ShNDR1- (NM_007271.2-875s21c1, 5′-CCGGGTATTAGCCATAGACTCTATTCTCGAGAATAGAGTCTATGGCTAATACTTTTTG-3′, Sigma-Aldrich) or shNDR2- (NM_015000.3-1353s21c1, 5′-CCGGGGCTTGCTTGGCGTAGATAACCTCGAGGTTATCTACGCCAAGCAAGCCTTTTTG-3′, Sigma-Aldrich) infected A549 (RASSF1A null) or H1299 (RASSF1A null) cells suspension (1 × 107 cells/0.1 ml) were injected sub-cutaneously in the left flank of each animal. Mice were monitored for tumor growth thrice a week. Tumors were allowed to grow to 1000 mm3 before euthanasia of the mice. The post-mortem examination included macroscopic description of lungs and liver as described . Tumor xenografts, lungs and liver were rapidly removed and fixed in PFA 4% for histological analysis as described .
Reverse transcription-quantitative real-time-PCR (RT-PCR)
After extraction, RT-PCR was done with each primer sets (Additional file 1: Table S2) as described . RT-PCR data were normalized to the human S16. Relative quantification was calculated using the ΔΔCt method.
λ-Phosphatase assay and immunoblotting
Whole cell protein extracts were prepared as previously . Proteins (2 μg) were incubated with 400 units of λ-phosphatase (Santa Cruz™) and 2 mM MnCl2 at 30 °C. After 30 min, λ-phosphatase was inactivated at 95 °C for 5 min. Proteins were detected by immunoblotting with primary antibody (Additional file 1: Table S3) diluted at 1:1000 in Tween (0.1%)-TBS buffer and HRP-conjugated secondary antibody and revealed by ECL kit (Promega™).
Immunofluorescence and image analysis
Cells were fixed and permealized as described . Primary antibodies (Additional file 1: Table S3) were diluted at 1:100. Secondary antibodies (AlexaFluo, Invitrogen™) were added for 1 h. Coverslips were mounted with DAPI (Santa Cruz™), and image captured with high-throughput confocal microscopy (FluoView FV1000, Olympus™).
Immunohistochemistry was assayed according standard procedures. Slides were incubated overnight at 4 °C with primary antibodies (Additional file 1: Table S3) diluted at 1:200 then revealed using the Novolink (Leica) kit.
Wound healing assay
Cells grown onto 24-well Collagen IV coated plates (BD Biocoat™) were treated with mitomycin C (1 μg/ml) 12 h before an artificial “wound” created at 0 h. Photographs were taken (X10) at 0 h and 12 h. The distances traveled were expressed as μm/h.
Migration 3D & invasion assays
Cells (20 × 103) were added in the top invasion chambers of 24-well transwell plates containing cell culture insert (BD BioCoat Matrigel® Invasion Chamber, BD Biosciences™). At 48 h, migrating cells were stained with crystal violet.
Bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) incorporation analysis
Cells labeled with BrdU (1:500 dilution, cell proliferation assay, Millipore) for 24 and 48 h were fixed for 30 min then BrdU was detected using anti-BrdU mouse monoclonal antibody followed by peroxidase-conjugated goat anti-mouse IgG antibody. The colored reaction was quantified using a microplate reader at 450 nm.
DNA fragmentation assays
Cells (1 × 105) were resuspended in lysis buffer (200 μL) supplied by the manufacturer (Cell Death Detection; Roche). The cytoplasmic fraction (20 μL) was used for the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Absorbance at 405 nm was determined with a microplate reader.
Cell viability was assessed by staining cells with Trypan blue solution (5%) and numbering non-viable (blue) cells under microscope (× 20) in four 1 × 1 mm squares of one chamber and determining the average number of cells per square.
Co-immunoprecipitation and GTP-rho, NDR2/GEF-H1 pull-down assays
Cells were lysed in chilled immunoprecipitation buffer and the cleared lysate (500 μg) incubated with 3 μg of the indicated antibody and 30 μL of protein-A agarose beads (Repligen) in 1 mL of buffer. Beads were resuspended in 30 μL of 2X Laemmli buffer and subjected to Western blotting.
For GTP-pulldown assays, cell lysates were incubated with beads glutathione-S-transferase (GST)-Rhotekin Rho binding domain (RBD), GST-NDR1 or GST-NDR2 (Carna Biosciences, Japan), then precipitates analyzed by Western blotting using anti-RhoB, anti-GEF-H1 or anti-S885phospho-GEF-H1 antibodies.
Live cell imaging and analysis
Cells were grown on 35-mm coverglass bottom dishes (MatTek). The microscope was equipped with an open chamber (Pecon) equilibrated in 5% CO2 and maintained at 37 °C. Images were taken at 2-min intervals with a × 20 or × 60 objective using a RTKE camera controlled by the Micromanager software. Video analysis was performed by ≥ImageJ software.
Data are means ± SEM (n ≥ 3). Statistical differences were determined by one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by Dunnett’s Multiple Comparison Test (GraphPad Software, Inc. USA). Statistical significance was set at p ≤ 0.05. Chi2 test was used to test correlation between events. We used kpm.plot.com online software to compute the mRNA prognostic analyses in 681 Stage I-to-III patients, with gene-expression data and OS information downloaded from the GEO (Affymetrix microarrays only), EGA, and TCGA databases.
Depletion of the NDR1/2 kinases reverts the migratory and metastatic phenotypes induced by RASSF1A loss in HBEC
siNeg transfected H1650 cells migration on Collagen IV. (WMV 2216 kb)
siNDR2 transfected H1650 cells migration on Collagen IV. (WMV 1513 kb)
We next infected RASSF1A-null A549 or H1299 cells with lentivirus expressing shRNAs targeting NDR1 or NDR2 (A549: Fig. 1c, H1299: Additional file 2: Figure S2D). In SCID−/− Beige mice, tumors formed by shNDR1- or shNDR2 A549 cells emerged later than tumors formed by shcontrol-A549 cells and grew more slowly (Fig. 1c). In H1299 cells, carrying a p53 homozygous deletion and a RASSF1A-gene methylation , NDR1 deletion did not affect xenograft growth compared to controls (Additional file 2: Figure S2D) while tumors formed by NDR2-depleted H1299 cells were smaller in size than controls (Additional file 2: Figure S2D). NDR2-depleted cancer cells formed less lung and liver metastatic foci than sh-control or shNDR1-depleted cells (A549: Fig. 1d, H1299: Additional file 2: Figure S2E). Immunohistochemistry and Western blot analysis confirmed that shNDR1 or shNDR2 infected primary tumors actually exhibited decreased NDR1 or NDR2 expression (A549: Fig. 1c and Additional file 2: Figure S4A, H1299: Additional file 2: Figure S2D and Additional file 2: Figure S4B).
Migratory and metastatic phenotypes induced by RASSF1A loss in HBEC could be thus reverted by NDR1/2 silencing.
NDR-kinases depletion partly reverts EMT induced by RASSF1A loss
In HBEC xenografts, upon NDR2 depletion, E-cadherin is also report to be slightly increased (A549 xenografts: Fig. 2c, H1299 xenografts: Additional file 2: Figure S5B) and restored at the membrane (A549 xenografts: Fig. 2d, H1299 xenografts: Additional file 2: Figure S5C). Conversely, vimentin expression is decreased by NDR1 or NDR2 knockdown in A549 (Fig. 2c and d) or H1299 (Additional file 2: Figure S5B and Additional file 2: Figure S5C) xenografts when compared to shControl xenografts.
NDR1/2 knockdown could thus partly prevent EMT upon RASSF1A silencing in HBEC.
NDR-kinases depletion impairs YAP activation in RASSF1A-depleted HBEC
Thus, in RASSF1A-depleted HBEC, NDR1/2 could get activated and lead to the YAP activation with a subsequent increase of motility.
NDR2 contributes to the regulation of RhoB activity
NDR2 interacts with GEF-H1 resulting in S885-GEF-H1 hyper-phosphorylation and subsequent GEF-H1 inactivation
Considering that RhoB is regulated by NDR2 (Fig. 4a and Additional file 2: Figure S7A) and GEF-H1 [3, 14], we tested whether NDR1/2 are involved in GEF-H1 regulation. In line with our previous finding , we showed that NDR2 but not NDR1 silencing decreased GEF-H1 phosphorylation upon RASSF1A loss (Fig. 4b). The specificity of the phospho-Ser885-GEF-H1 antibody was further supported by λ-phosphatase pretreatment of the protein extract, which actually abolished the phosphorylation band revealed in GEF-H1 (Fig. 4b). NDR2 could thus regulate the GEF-H1 activity and then, the regulation of RhoB by GEF-H1.
Using recombinant GST-NDR2, we also pulled-down endogenous GEF-H1 from HBEC-3 cell extracts (Fig. 4c, GST-assay while, endogenous GEF-H1 was not pull-down with GST-NDR1 or upon GEF-H1 knockdown (Fig. 4c). We expressed RNAi-resistant GEF-H1 versions in GEF-H1-depleted cells, and consequently tested their binding to GST-NDR2 (Fig. 4c). We compared wild-type GEF-H1 (pls WT-GEF-H1) with two phosphor-acceptor mutants termed GEF-H1 S265A and GEF-H1 S885A (Additional file 2: Figure S8) since S265 is included in the putative NDR phosphorylation motif HXRXXS/T  and S885 contributes to GEF-H1 activity . We detected a strong Ser885 phosphorylation of GEF-H1 in total protein cell extract from WT-GEF-H1-transfected HBEC-3 cells, but not in extracts from GEF-H1-S885A or GEF-H1-S265A-transfected HBEC-3 cells (Fig. 4c, input, top lane). Finally, exogenous GST-NDR2 kinase induced strong GEF-H1 Ser885 phosphorylation on exogenously expressed wild-type GEFH-1 retained on beads, while NDR2 beads only retained a low amount of phosphoSer885 GEF-H1 on exogenously expressed S885A, and more interestingly S265A GEF-H1 mutants (Fig. 4c, GST assay). All these data suggest a link between the phosphorylations of Ser265-GEF-H1 and Ser885-GEF-H1.
RASSF1A depletion delays abscission and alters cytokinesis in bronchial cells lines
Cytokinesis disorders induced by RASSF1A depletion are YAP-dependent
We tested the contribution of YAP on the cytokinesis phenotypes associated with RASSF1A loss. YAP depletion alone did no affect the number of multinucleated cells or persistent midbodies compared to controls (Fig. 6c) but significantly decreased the number of multinucleated cells and persistent midbody in RASSF1A-depleted HBEC-3 (Fig. 6c). Thus, the cytokinesis disorders induced by RASSF1A loss could be dependent of YAP in HEC.
GEF-H1 and NDR2 co-staining is divergent upon RASSF1A loss during mitosis
We wondered whether NDR2-associated GEF-H1 inactivation in RASSF1A-depleted cells could be responsible for the cytokinesis defects observed upon RASSF1A loss. In wild-type HBEC-3 cells, GEF-H1 and NDR2 co-staining was mainly observed at the early prophase, during the establishment of the equatorial plane, at the end of telophase and during abscission (at the cleavage point) (Fig. 5b) suggesting an involvement of NDR2 in the regulation of GEF-H1 activity during these mitotic steps. In RASSF1A-depleted HBEC-3 cells, NDR2/GEF-H1 co-staining features were considerably different at (Fig. 5b): i) the early prophase (the sub-cortical co-staining signal observed in control cells were lower) ii) the equatorial plane step (co-staining was fainter than in controls), iii) the contractile ring assembly (co-staining was stronger in RASSF1A-depleted cells) and iv) the abscission step (with a decreased signal at the midbody). NDR2 and GEF-H1 do not localize identically in RASSF1A-depleted or RASSF1A wild type HBEC, suggesting that mitosis alteration in RASSF1A depleted-cells could be transmitted by altered NDR2 and GEF-H1 localization/activation.
GEF-H1 depletion mimics cytokinesis defects induced by RASSF1A loss
Testing whether the inactivation of GEF-H1 could explain the cytokinesis disorders observed upon RASSF1A loss, we depleted GEF-H1 in HBEC-3 cells (Additional file 2: Figure S12A). Single depletion of RASSF1A elevated the number of multinucleated cells compared to controls (Additional file 2: Figure S12A) while GEF-H1 silencing increased the proportion of binucleated cells (Additional file 2: Figure S12B) without affecting the number of persistent midbodies (Additional file 2: Figure S12C). Co-depletion of RASSF1A and GEF-H1 did not increase the number of multinucleated cells (Additional file 2: Figure S12A) but increased the proportion of attached daughter cells (Additional file 2: Figure S12B). GEF-H1 inactivation could thus lead to cytokinesis disorders in HBEC.
GEF-H1 overexpression, or NDR2 knockdown restores cytokinesis in RASSF1A-depleted cells
Low RASSF1A, low RhoB-GEF-H1 or high NDR2 kinase mRNA cell content predicted worse overall survival of lung cancer patients
Consistently with a molecular machinery where RASSF1A, NDR2, GEF-H1 and RhoB work in concert, analysis of survival of resected early lung cancer patients from The Cancer Genome Atlas cohort, showed that low mRNA expression of RASSF1A (Additional file 2: Figure S13A), RhoB (Additional file 2: Figure S13B), and GEF-H1 (Additional file 2: Figure S13C) predict worse overall survival in NSCLC patients as high expression of NDR2 mRNA (Additional file 2: Figure S13C).
We recently reported that RASSF1A acts both as a tumor and metastasis gene suppressor in patients with early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) [1, 3], RASSF1A both restricting activation of YAP, one of the terminal target of the Hippo pathway, and stimulating activation of RhoB, a small anti-migratory GTPase protein, via GEF-H1, its GDP/GTP exchange factor . Here, we report that the NDR2 kinase is required for YAP activation and RhoB/GEF-H1 inactivation in RASSF1A-depleted human bronchial cells, consequently supporting the pro-invasive and cytokinesis disorders upon RASSF1A loss.
Our report of a pro-oncogenic role for a NDR kinase, in a context where RASSF1A is lost, is rather unexpected, taking into account for a previously reported role as a YAP kinase, contributing to YAP cytoplasmic sequestration, but in line with recent studies in Ras-transformed human cells [27, 28]. Indeed, in Ras transformed HEK-HT cells, NDR1 knockdown was shown to impair anchorage-independent soft agar cell growth and in vivo xenograft growth . In addition, that NDR1/2 kinases are involved in the control of these movements is reminiscent of a comparable function assigned to their close homologs, the LATS1/2 kinases [29, 30]. Mechanistically, such action could involve NDR2 regulation of β1 integrin , which is required for invasive cell capabilities  and known to regulate nuclear location of YAP1 . In our model, we previously reported a nuclear increase of YAP in RASSF1A-depleted cells, while we show here, that NDR2 activity is required for such YAP activation (Fig. 3, Additional file 2: Figure S6). However, to date, there is no report of a link between the NDR kinases activities and extracellular matrix remodeling, so an alternative hypothesis explaining how NDR kinase influences cell motility could involve its control on cell adhesion and/or cytoskeleton remodeling, NDR kinase pathway being previously reported to coordinate cell cycle dependent actin rearrangements .
That NDR kinases control cell motility is also consistent with the contribution of NDR kinases to EMT/MET processes (Fig. 2, Additional file 2: Figure S5), previously suggested by the report of NDR kinases influence on cell differentiation during organogenesis  and their ability to inhibit TGFβ , a cytokine leading squamous differentiation of non-transformed HBEC . In our model, the control of NDR on the mesenchymal phenotype appears related to the control that NDR kinases exert on YAP. Indeed, we had reported that the EMT induced by RASSF1A silencing in HBEC was correlated with the abnormal activation of YAP in these cells . Here, we show that in the absence of NDR, the EMT of RASSF1A-depleted HBEC is partially reverted, which is correlated with YAP inactivation in HBEC lacking both RASSF1A and NDR kinases.
We also report here, that NDR loss can revert migratory and cytokinetic abnormalities of RASSF1A-depleted cells by preventing YAP activation (Fig. 3, Additional file 2: Figure S6). NDR kinases may therefore up- or down-regulate YAP activity, depending on the cellular context, which could explain these kinases may behave as oncogenes or tumor suppressor genes . YAP is indeed able to exert pro-oncogenic action by reprogramming cells behavior , or anti-oncogenic functions, by inhibiting tumors occurrence in mice . An oncogenic function of NDR2 is supported by reports, showing that NDR2 supports MYC protein stability  and thus contributes to oncogenic Ras transformation . In addition, high level of NDR1  or NDR2  mRNAs were found in non-small cell lung cancer. Our work originally shows that a NDR kinase contributes to oncogenic functions in a lung cancer model involving cancer cells carrying Ras (A549 cells with Ras G12S) or p53 mutations (p53-deleted H1299 cells).
NDR kinases leading to the nuclear exclusion of YAP , it was surprising here that the depletion of NDR kinases decreased YAP nuclear levels and activity in cells lacking of RASSF1A. We suggest that in RASSF1A-depleted HBECs, the nuclear localization of YAP is possibly not linked to the canonical Hippo pathway, but rather connected to the RhoB inactivation , such being the situation when mechano-transduction mobilizes YAP1 . Actually, we found that NDR depletion reverts the inhibition of GEF-H1/RhoB in RASSF1A-depleted cells (Fig. 4, Additional file 2: Figure S7, Fig. 5). This finding is fully consistent with our previous work demonstrating that the nuclear localization of YAP is caused by the inactivation of RhoB upon loss of RASSF1A . Our data showing that NDR kinases are indeed at the origin of the inactivation of RhoB and activation of YAP, also suggest that NDR could be involved in the mechano-transduction regulation.
The NDR2 kinase could therefore be one of the kinases responsible for the inactivation of GEF-H1, and the subsequent RhoB inactivation in RASSF1A depleted cells. In support of this hypothesis we observed that (1) NDR2 depletion decreased Ser885-GEF-H1 phosphorylation (i.e. NDR2 depletion increased the levels of inactive GEF-H1) in RASSF1A-depleted cells (Fig. 4b), (2) NDR2 depletion increased the levels of GTP-bound, hence activated RhoB (Fig. 4a, Additional file 2: Figure S7A), (3) NDR2 displayed increased co-staining with phosphorylated Ser885-GEF-H1 in RASSF1A depleted-HBEC (Fig. 5a), (4) using exogenous proteins, NDR2 can interact with GEF-H1 in a fashion dependent on Ser265 and Ser885 (Fig. 4c), and (5) using co-immunoprecipitation of SDC1-containing complexes, we were able to show an in vivo association of GEF-H1 and NDR2 (Additional file 2: Figure S7B). Collectively, these findings actually suggest that NDR2 can directly interact with, and inhibit GEF-H1. Possibly, NDR2-induced GEF-H1 phosphorylation on Ser265, might in turn lead to increased phosphorylation of GEF-H1 Ser885 by another kinase, consequently resulting in the loss of GEF-H1 activity (Fig. 4, Additional file 2: Figure S7, Fig. 5). However, this model remains speculative at the moment, requiring intensive structure focused studies in the future. Nevertheless, our hypothesis is further supported by recent studies showing that GEF-H1 can actually be phosphorylated on Ser265  and that GEFs are frequently inactivated by successive phosphorylation events .
The link we established between the RhoB/GEF-H1/NDR2/YAP and RASSF1A signaling in the context of EMT and migration led us to explore another process deregulated in RASSF1A depleted HBEC, namely mitosis/cytokinesis. We provide evidence that the deregulation of one member of this interactome is sufficient to disrupt cytokinesis in RASSF1A-knockdown cells, a feature consistent with i) the RASSF1A localization with the microtubules at contractile ring and midbody [46, 47], ii) the YAP localization to the midbody and spindle , iii) the GEF-H1 localization at the tips of cortical microtubules and the midbody , iv) the lower co-staining of GEF-H1 and NDR2 at early prophase, at equatorial plane positioning and during midbody formation, when compared to RASSF1A wild-type cells (Fig. 6). Such result sustains the role of RASSF1A/NDR2/GEF-H1/RhoB axis in cytokinesis in addition to its role in cell migration that we also support here.
We are indebted to Dr. Michael White for providing the HBEC-3 cell line. We are grateful to members of the CERVOxy laboratory for their helpful suggestions and discussions. We also thanks both the CMABio3 and OncoModels platforms for their technical support.
F. Dubois, M. Keller and E Maille: PhD. grants from AIR, FRM and Région Basse-Normandie. S. Brosseau: master grant (FRM). Research grants from Cancéropole Nord-Ouest (GZ), from Ligue contre le Cancer de Normandie (GZ and GL), and the Comité National des Maladies respiratoires (GL). Legs Poix subvention for GZ.
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