The sorting protein PACS-2 promotes ErbB signalling by regulating recycling of the metalloproteinase ADAM17

Nat Commun. 2015 Jun 25;6:7518. doi: 10.1038/ncomms8518.


The metalloproteinase ADAM17 activates ErbB signalling by releasing ligands from the cell surface, a key step underlying epithelial development, growth and tumour progression. However, mechanisms acutely controlling ADAM17 cell-surface availability to modulate the extent of ErbB ligand release are poorly understood. Here, through a functional genome-wide siRNA screen, we identify the sorting protein PACS-2 as a regulator of ADAM17 trafficking and ErbB signalling. PACS-2 loss reduces ADAM17 cell-surface levels and ADAM17-dependent ErbB ligand shedding, without apparent effects on related proteases. PACS-2 co-localizes with ADAM17 on early endosomes and PACS-2 knockdown decreases the recycling and stability of internalized ADAM17. Hence, PACS-2 sustains ADAM17 cell-surface activity by diverting ADAM17 away from degradative pathways. Interestingly, Pacs2-deficient mice display significantly reduced levels of phosphorylated EGFR and intestinal proliferation. We suggest that this mechanism controlling ADAM17 cell-surface availability and EGFR signalling may play a role in intestinal homeostasis, with potential implications for cancer biology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • ADAM Proteins / genetics
  • ADAM Proteins / metabolism*
  • ADAM17 Protein
  • Animals
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Enzymologic
  • Genome-Wide Association Study
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Oncogene Proteins v-erbB / genetics
  • Oncogene Proteins v-erbB / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology
  • Vesicular Transport Proteins / genetics
  • Vesicular Transport Proteins / metabolism*


  • Oncogene Proteins v-erbB
  • PACS2 protein, human
  • Pacs2 protein, mouse
  • Vesicular Transport Proteins
  • ADAM Proteins
  • ADAM17 Protein
  • ADAM17 protein, human
  • Adam17 protein, mouse