Tyrosine phosphorylation activates 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase and promotes tumor growth and radiation resistance

Nat Commun. 2019 Mar 1;10(1):991. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-08921-8.


6-Phosphogluconate dehydrogenase (6PGD) is a key enzyme that converts 6-phosphogluconate into ribulose-5-phosphate with NADP+ as cofactor in the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP). 6PGD is commonly upregulated and plays important roles in many human cancers, while the mechanism underlying such roles of 6PGD remains elusive. Here we show that upon EGFR activation, 6PGD is phosphorylated at tyrosine (Y) 481 by Src family kinase Fyn. This phosphorylation enhances 6PGD activity by increasing its binding affinity to NADP+ and therefore activates the PPP for NADPH and ribose-5-phosphate, which consequently detoxifies intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and accelerates DNA synthesis. Abrogating 6PGD Y481 phosphorylation (pY481) dramatically attenuates EGF-promoted glioma cell proliferation, tumor growth and resistance to ionizing radiation. In addition, 6PGD pY481 is associated with Fyn expression, the malignancy and prognosis of human glioblastoma. These findings establish a critical role of Fyn-dependent 6PGD phosphorylation in EGF-promoted tumor growth and radiation resistance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line, Tumor / metabolism
  • Cell Line, Tumor / radiation effects
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Disease Progression
  • ErbB Receptors / metabolism
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
  • Glioblastoma / metabolism
  • Glioblastoma / pathology
  • Glioma / metabolism
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Kinetics
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • Models, Molecular
  • NADP / metabolism
  • Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Neoplasms / pathology
  • Pentose Phosphate Pathway
  • Phosphogluconate Dehydrogenase / metabolism*
  • Phosphorylation
  • Radiation, Ionizing
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism
  • Ribosemonophosphates / metabolism
  • Tyrosine / metabolism*
  • Up-Regulation


  • Reactive Oxygen Species
  • Ribosemonophosphates
  • Tyrosine
  • ribose-5-phosphate
  • NADP
  • Phosphogluconate Dehydrogenase
  • ErbB Receptors