Ganglioside modulation regulates epithelial cell adhesion and spreading via ganglioside-specific effects on signaling

Xiao Qi Wang, Ping Sun, Amy S. Paller*

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Gangliosides are implicated in regulating cell adhesion and migration on fibronectin by binding with the α5 subunit of α5β1 integrin. However, the effects of gangliosides on cell spreading and related signaling pathways are unknown. Increases in gangliosides GT1b and GD3 inhibited spreading on fibronectin, concurrent with inhibition of Src and focal adhesion kinase. Although antibody blockade of GT1b or GD3 function and gene-modulated ganglioside depletion stimulated spreading and activated Src and focal adhesion kinase, the augmented spreading by disruption of GT1b function, but not by disruption of GD3 function, was inhibited by blockade of Src and focal adhesion kinase activation. In contrast, inhibitors of protein kinase C prevented the stimulation of spreading by GD3 functional inhibition, but not by GT1b functional blockade. Modulation of either GT1b or GD3 content affected phosphoinositol 3-kinase activation, and inhibition of this activation reversed the stimulation of cell spreading by anti-GD3 antibody, anti-GT1b antibody, and ganglioside depletion, suggesting that phosphoinositol 3-kinase is an intermediate in both the FAK/Src and protein kinase C pathways that lead to cell spreading. These studies demonstrate that epithelial cell ganglioside GT1b modulates cell spreading through α5β1/FAK and phosphoinositol 3-kinase signaling, whereas GD3-modulated spreading appears to involve phosphoinositol 3-kinase-dependent protein kinase C signaling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40410-40419
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number43
StatePublished - Oct 25 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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