Authors:
PA Eisenach, PC de Sampaio, G Murphy, C Roghi
Journal name: 
J Biol Chem
Citation info: 
287(14):11533-11545
Abstract: 
Membrane type 1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP/MMP14) is a zinc-dependent type I transmembrane metalloproteinase playing pivotal roles in the regulation of pericellular proteolysis and cellular migration. Elevated expression levels of MT1-MMP have been demonstrated to correlate with a poor prognosis in cancer. MT1-MMP has a short intracellular domain (ICD) that has been shown to play important roles in cellular migration and invasion, although these ICD-mediated mechanisms remain poorly understood. In this study, we report that MT1-MMP is mono-ubiquitinated at its unique lysine residue (Lys(581)) within the ICD. Our data suggest that this post-translational modification is involved in MT1-MMP trafficking as well as in modulating cellular invasion through type I collagen matrices. By using an MT1-MMP Y573A mutant or the Src family inhibitor PP2, we observed that the previously described Src-dependent MT1-MMP phosphorylation is a prerequisite for ubiquitination. Taken together, these findings show for the first time an additional post-translational modification of MT1-MMP that regulates its trafficking and cellular invasion, which further emphasizes the key role of the MT1-MMP ICD.
DOI: 
http://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M111.306340
Research group: 
Murphy Group
E-pub date: 
30 Mar 2012