Loss of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) inhibits epidermal growth factor receptor-dependent migration and induces aggregation of nh(2)-terminal FAK in the nuclei of apoptotic glioblastoma cells

Cancer Res. 2001 Jul 1;61(13):4978-81.


In glioblastoma cells, inhibition of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) by the focal adhesion targeting domain attenuated epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling, inhibiting epidermal growth factor-dependent migration. Although the EGFR-specific antagonist PD153035 increased caspase-3 activity, this was independent of FAK activity. Instead, the increase in apoptosis upon inhibition of FAK induced the aggregation of an NH(2)-terminal FAK fragment normally present in the nucleus. A recombinant NH(2)-terminal FAK construct was also targeted to the nucleus and aggregated in apoptotic cells upon coexpression with the focal adhesion targeting domain. Therefore, loss of FAK from the focal adhesions inhibits EGFR signaling at the cell membrane and transmits a proapoptotic signal to an NH(2)-terminal variant of FAK present in the nucleus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis / physiology*
  • Cell Movement / physiology*
  • Cell Nucleus / enzymology
  • ErbB Receptors / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • ErbB Receptors / metabolism
  • ErbB Receptors / physiology
  • Focal Adhesion Kinase 1
  • Focal Adhesion Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Glioblastoma / enzymology
  • Glioblastoma / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / metabolism
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / physiology*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • ErbB Receptors
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Focal Adhesion Kinase 1
  • Focal Adhesion Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • PTK2 protein, human