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Resolving the EGF-EGFR interaction characteristics through a multiple-temperature, multiple-inhibitor, real-time interaction analysis approach
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Biomedical Radiation Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Molecular and Clinical Oncology, ISSN 2049-9469, Vol. 1, no 2, 343-352 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Overexpression and aberrant activity of the epidermal growth factor (EGF) have been observed in various cancer types, rendering it an important target in oncology research. The interaction between EGF and its receptor (EGFR), as well as subsequent internalization, is complex and may be affected by various factors including tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). By combining real‑time binding curves produced in LigandTracer® with internalization assays conducted at different temperatures and with different TKIs, the processes of ligand binding, internalization and excretion was visualized. SKOV3 cells had a slower excretion rate compared to A431 and U343 cells, and the tested TKIs (gefitinib, lapatinib, AG1478 and erlotinib) reduced the degree of internalization. The kinetic analysis of the binding curves further demonstrated TKI‑dependent balances of EGFR monomer and dimer populations, where lapatinib promoted the monomeric form, while the other TKIs induced dimers. The dimer levels were found to be associated with the apparent affinity of the EGF‑EGFR interaction, with EGF binding stronger to EGFR dimers compared to monomers. This study analyzed how real‑time molecular interaction analysis may be utilized in combination with perturbations in order to understand the kinetics of a ligand‑receptor interaction, as well as some of its associated intracellular processes. Our multiple‑temperature and ‑inhibitor assay setup renders it possible to follow the EGFR monomer, dimer and internalized populations in a detailed manner, allowing for a new perspective of the EGFR biology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 1, no 2, 343-352 p.
Keyword [en]
epidermal growth factor, tyrosine kinase inhibitors, internalization, kinetics, dimerization, heterogeneity
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Medicine; Molecular Biotechnology; Medical Cell Biology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-183868DOI: 10.3892/mco.2012.37OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-183868DiVA: diva2:564874
Available from: 2012-11-05 Created: 2012-11-05 Last updated: 2013-07-24Bibliographically approved
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1. Novel Methods for Analysis of Heterogeneous Protein-Cell Interactions: Resolving How the Epidermal Growth Factor Binds to Its Receptor
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Novel Methods for Analysis of Heterogeneous Protein-Cell Interactions: Resolving How the Epidermal Growth Factor Binds to Its Receptor
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Cells are complex biological units with advanced signalling systems, a dynamic capacity to adapt to its environment, and the ability to divide and grow. In fact, they are of such high level of complexity that it has deemed extremely difficult or even impossible to completely understand cells as complete units. The search for comprehending the cell has instead been divided into small, relatively isolated research fields, in which simplified models are used to explain cell biology. The result produced through these reductionistic investigations is integral for our current description of biology. However, there comes a time when it is possible to go beyond such simplifications and investigate cell biology at a higher level of complexity. That time is now.

This thesis describes the development of mathematical tools to investigate intricate biological systems, with focus on heterogeneous protein interactions. By the use of simulations, real-time measurements and kinetic fits, standard assays for specificity measurements and receptor quantification were scrutinized in order to find optimal experimental settings and reduce labour time as well as reagent cost. A novel analysis platform, called Interaction Map, was characterized and applied on several types of interactions. Interaction Map decomposes a time-resolved binding curve and presents information on the kinetics and magnitude of each interaction that contributed to the curve. This provides a greater understanding of parallel interactions involved in the same biological system, such as a cell. The heterogeneity of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) system was investigated with Interaction Map applied on data from the instrument LigandTracer, together with complementing manual assays. By further introducing disturbances to the system, such as tyrosine kinase inhibitors and variation in temperature, information was obtained about dimerization, internalization and degradation rates.

In the long term, analysis of binding kinetics and combinations of parallel interactions can improve the understanding of complex biomolecular mechanisms in cells and may explain some of the differences observed between cell lines, medical treatments and groups of patients.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2013. 65 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 854
Keyword
Heterogeneity, Kinetics, EGFR, HER2, LigandTracer, Interaction Map, Internalization, Specificity
National Category
Medical Biotechnology Cell and Molecular Biology
Research subject
Medical Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-183872 (URN)978-91-554-8570-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-02-15, Rudbeck Hall, Rudbeck Laboratory, Dag Hammarskjöldsväg 20, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
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Available from: 2013-01-24 Created: 2012-11-05 Last updated: 2013-02-11Bibliographically approved

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