Cortactin overexpression results in sustained epidermal growth factor receptor signaling by preventing ligand-induced receptor degradation in human carcinoma cells

Breast Cancer Res. 2005;7(6):235-7. doi: 10.1186/bcr1316. Epub 2005 Aug 25.


The chromosome 11q13 region is frequently amplified in human carcinomas and results in an increased expression of various genes including cortactin, and is also associated with an increased invasive potential. Cortactin acts as an important regulator of the actin cytoskeleton. It is therefore very tempting to speculate that cortactin is the crucial gene within the 11q13 amplicon that mediates the invasive potential of these carcinomas. Cortactin also participates in receptor-mediated endocytosis, and recent findings have shown that, during receptor internalization, cortactin overexpression inhibits the ubiquitylation-mediated degradation of the epidermal growth factor receptor, resulting in a sustained ligand-induced epidermal growth factor receptor activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma / genetics*
  • Carcinoma / pathology
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 11*
  • Cortactin / biosynthesis*
  • Cortactin / physiology
  • ErbB Receptors / physiology*
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Humans
  • Ligands
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Signal Transduction
  • Up-Regulation


  • CTTN protein, human
  • Cortactin
  • Ligands
  • ErbB Receptors