Pathway maps

Signal transduction_PTEN pathway
Signal transduction_PTEN pathway

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RHEB2, MEK1(MAP2K1), PtdIns(4,5)P2, Caspase-3, PDK (PDPK1),, ERK1/2, c-Jun, IGF-1, mTOR, PCNA, MEK2(MAP2K2), FOXO3A, p53, p21, FAK1, p130CAS, c-Cbl, Shc, GSK3 beta, BAD, Paxillin, EGF, PI3K reg class IA, H-Ras, MAGI-2, SOS, PTEN, c-Src, Tcf(Lef), alpha-5/beta-1 integrin, IRS-1, PI3K cat class IA, Beta-catenin, MAGI-3, EGFR, PtdIns(3,4,5)P3, IGF-1 receptor, Tuberin, ILK, GRB2,, AKT(PKB), c-Raf-1, MDM2, Caspase-9


PTEN pathway

Phosphatase and tensin homolog ( PTEN ) is a known tumor suppressor. It inhibits growth factor-induced cell proliferation, division and regulates Integrin -mediated cell adhesion and survival [1].

PTEN antagonizes Phosphoinositide-3-kinase ( PI3K ), dephosphorylating Phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5) ( PtdIns(3,4,5)P3 ) and inhibits V-akt murine thymoma viral oncogene homolog 1 ( PI3K )/ AKT -mediated signaling pathways [1].As a result, PTEN prevents Insulin-like growth factor 1 ( IGF-1 ) signaling [2], [3] and activation of the Epidermal growth factor receptor ( EGFR )-induced FK506 binding protein 12-rapamycin associated protein 1 ( mTOR ) [4]. PTEN also inhibits Mdm2 p53 binding protein homolog ( MDM2 ) and protects Tumor protein p53 ( p53 ) via PI3K/ AKT -dependent as well as via direct binding of p53 thus blocking antiapoptotic processes [5], [6]. Prevention of PI3K/ AKT pathway activation by PTEN also increases activity of Glycogen synthase kinase 3 ( GSK3 ). This leads to decrease of Beta-catenin nuclear accumulation and prevents transcription of the Transcription factor 7 (in a complex Tcf(Lef) ) and others genes. Thus, PTEN antagonizes Integrin/Integrin-linked kinase ( ILK )-mediated nuclear accumulation of Beta-catenin [7]. Inhibition of PI3K/ AKT decreases Cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 1A ( p21 )-mediated cell cycle regulation [8]. PTEN -dependent PI3K/AKT inhibition also decreases Caspase 9 apoptosis-related cysteine peptidase ( Caspase-9 ) activity [9], as well as the apoptosis mediated by Forkhead box O3 ( FOXO3A )-mediated [10] and BCL2-associated agonist of cell death ( BAD ) [11].

PTEN dephosphorylates PTK2 protein tyrosine kinase 2 ( FAK1 ) and SHC transforming protein 1 ( Shc ). This prevents Integrin (for example alpha-5/beta-1 integrin )/ FAK1 and Shc/ Growth factor receptor-bound protein 2 ( GRB2 ) [12], [13] and EGF/ Shc/ GRB2 -mediated [12] Mitogen-activated protein kinase 1/3 ( ERK1/2 ) activation. ERK1/2 inhibition prevents cell spreading, migration [12], [13] and growth. Dephosphorylation of FAK1 also disrupts its binding of Paxillin and Breast cancer anti-estrogen resistance 1 ( p130CAS ) [14].

PTEN binds Membrane associated guanylate kinase WW and PDZ domain containing ( MAGI ) proteins. This enhances the efficiency of PTEN signaling through the formation of the PTEN/ MAGI complexes [15]. Caspase 3 apoptosis-related cysteine peptidase ( Caspase-3 ) cleaves PTEN. This inhibits the PTEN pathway [16].


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