Daam1 activates RhoA to regulate Wnt5a‑induced glioblastoma cell invasion

Oncol Rep. 2018 Feb;39(2):465-472. doi: 10.3892/or.2017.6124. Epub 2017 Dec 1.


The signaling pathway of dishevelled-associated activator of morphogenesis 1 (Daam1) triggered by Wnt5a drives cell movement and migration during breast cancer metastasis. However, Wnt5a signaling in glioblastoma progression remains poorly defined. Wnt5a expression and activations of RhoA, Cdc42, and Rac1 were detected in human glioblastoma tissues by using ELISA assays and small G-protein activation assays, respectively. The cell invasion rate and Daam1 activation of glioblastoma U251 and T98MG cells were determined by cell invasion assays and pull-down assays, respectively. According to our experiments, Wnt5a expression and RhoA activation were upregulated in invasive glioblastoma tissues, with a significant positive correlation between them. Wnt5a activated Daam1 and RhoA, and subsequently promoted the invasion of glioblastoma U251 and T98MG cells. This process was abolished by secreted frizzled-related protein 2 (sFRP2), an antagonist that directly binds to Wnt5a. Specific small interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting Daam1 markedly inhibited Wnt5a-induced RhoA activation, stress fiber formation and glioblastoma cell invasion. CCG-1423, a RhoA inhibitor, decreased Wnt5a-induced stress fiber formation and glioblastoma cell invasion. Finally, siRNA targeting Daam1 or CCG-1423 treatment did not alter the cell proliferation of glioblastoma U251 and T98MG cells. We thus concluded that Wnt5a promoted glioblastoma cell invasion via Daam1/RhoA signaling pathway.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing / metabolism*
  • Brain Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Movement
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
  • Glioblastoma / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Microfilament Proteins
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Signal Transduction
  • Up-Regulation
  • Wnt-5a Protein / metabolism*
  • rho GTP-Binding Proteins
  • rhoA GTP-Binding Protein / metabolism*


  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing
  • DAAM1 protein, human
  • Microfilament Proteins
  • WNT5A protein, human
  • Wnt-5a Protein
  • RHOA protein, human
  • rho GTP-Binding Proteins
  • rhoA GTP-Binding Protein