Extensive rewiring of the EGFR network in colorectal cancer cells expressing transforming levels of KRASG13D

Susan A. Kennedy, Mohamed-ali Jarboui, Sriganesh Srihari, Cinzia Raso, Kenneth Bryan, Layal Dernayka, Theodosia Charitou, Manuel Bernal-llinares, Carlos Herrera-montavez, Aleksandar Krstic, David Matallanas, Max Kotlyar, Igor Jurisica, Jasna Curak, Victoria Wong, Igor Stagljar, Thierry Lebihan, Lisa Imrie, Priyanka Pillai, Miriam A. LynnErik Fasterius, Cristina Al-khalili Szigyarto, James Breen, Christina Kiel, Luis Serrano, Nora Rauch, Oleksii Rukhlenko, Boris N. Kholodenko, Luis F. Iglesias-martinez, Colm J. Ryan, Ruth Pilkington, Patrizia Cammareri, Owen Sansom, Steven Shave, Manfred Auer, Nicola Horn, Franziska Klose, Marius Ueffing, Karsten Boldt, David J. Lynn, Walter Kolch

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Protein-protein-interaction networks (PPINs) organize fundamental biological processes, but how oncogenic mutations impact these interactions and their functions at a network-level scale is poorly understood. Here, we analyze how a common oncogenic KRAS mutation (KRASG13D) affects PPIN structure and function of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) network in colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. Mapping >6000 PPIs shows that this network is extensively rewired in cells expressing transforming levels of KRASG13D (mtKRAS). The factors driving PPIN rewiring are multifactorial including changes in protein expression and phosphorylation. Mathematical modelling also suggests that the binding dynamics of low and high affinity KRAS interactors contribute to rewiring. PPIN rewiring substantially alters the composition of protein complexes, signal flow, transcriptional regulation, and cellular phenotype. These changes are validated by targeted and global experimental analysis. Importantly, genetic alterations in the most extensively rewired PPIN nodes occur frequently in CRC and are prognostic of poor patient outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2020


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