PGE2 promotes cell motility during colorectal carcinogenesis. The mechanism by which PGE2 signaling regulates cell motility is not completely understood. Here, we demonstrated that PGE2 treatment induces HEF1 expression that links with cell motility in colorectal cancer cells. PGE2 rapidly stimulated HEF1 expression in colorectal cancer cells. Both PGE2 treatment and HEF1 overexpression activated Rac 1 and resulted in similar effects on cell spreading. Moreover, knockdown of HEF1 using shRNA suppressed PGE2‐driven cell spreading. PKA activator forskolin induced HEF1 expression and cell spreading in a similar manner as PGE2. Inhibition of PKA activity by H‐89 attenuated HEF1 expression induced by PGE2. Furthermore, PKA knockdown by siRNA blocked the HEF1 expression and cell spreading induced by PGE2. These data suggest that PGE2 induces HEF1 expression to promote cell motility through a PKA‐involved pathway.

Citation Information: Cancer Prev Res 2010;3(1 Suppl):B39.