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Ref Type Journal Article
PMID (30389923)
Authors Ip CKM, Ng PKS, Jeong KJ, Shao SH, Ju Z, Leonard PG, Hua X, Vellano CP, Woessner R, Sahni N, Scott KL, Mills GB
Title Neomorphic PDGFRA extracellular domain driver mutations are resistant to PDGFRA targeted therapies.
Journal Nature communications
Vol 9
Issue 1
Date 2018 11 02
Abstract Text Activation of platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRA) by genomic aberrations contributes to tumor progression in several tumor types. In this study, we characterize 16 novel PDGFRA mutations identified from different tumor types and identify three previously uncharacterized activating mutations that promote cell survival and proliferation. PDGFRA Y288C, an extracellular domain mutation, is primarily high mannose glycosylated consistent with trapping in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Strikingly, PDGFRA Y288C is constitutively dimerized and phosphorylated in the absence of ligand suggesting that trapping in the ER or aberrant glycosylation is sufficient for receptor activation. Importantly, PDGFRA Y288C induces constitutive phosphorylation of Akt, ERK1/2, and STAT3. PDGFRA Y288C is resistant to PDGFR inhibitors but sensitive to PI3K/mTOR and MEK inhibitors consistent with pathway activation results. Our findings further highlight the importance of characterizing functional consequences of individual mutations for precision medicine.


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