Serglycin (SRGN), a hematopoietic cell granule proteoglycan, has recently been shown to be overexpressed in several aggressive cancer types. In nasopharyngeal and hepatocellular carcinomas, elevated expression of SRGN was shown to correlate with poor prognosis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying SRGN-mediated malignancies remain to be explored. In this study, we showed that SRGN is expressed at elevated levels in several lung cancer-derived cell lines. By gain-of-function and loss-of-function approaches, we showed that SRGN promoted NSCLC cell migration. SRGN modulated actin cytoskeleton reorganization and promoted lamellipodia and filopodia formation at the leading edge, facilitating a directional movement during wound closure in NSCLC cells. In consistence, increased levels of activated Rac1, which is required for lamellipodia formation, and CDC42, which is required for filopodia formation, were detected. Increased focal adhesion (FA) turnover, the process of continuous assembly and disassembly of adhesions, would lead to increased cell migration. We further showed that SRGN promoted Src activation, leading to increased phosphorylation of paxillin (PAX) at Y118 as well as reduced PAX/FAK complex formation, which were well-defined indicators of FA turnover. Taken together, these data suggested that SRGN promotes cell migration through inducing cytoskeleton reorganization and focal adhesion turnover.

Citation Format: Jeou-Yuan Chen, Jing-You Guo. Serglycin promotes cell migration via modulating cytoskeleton reorganization and enhancing focal adhesion turnover. [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research; 2016 Apr 16-20; New Orleans, LA. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Res 2016;76(14 Suppl):Abstract nr 702.