Abstract: xclusive activating mutations in the GNAQ and GNA11 oncogenes, encoding heterotrimeric Gaq family members, have been identified in ~ 83% and ~ 6% of uveal and skin melanomas, respectively. However, the molecular events underlying these GNAQ-driven malignancies are not yet defined, thus limiting the ability to develop cancer-targeted therapies. Here, we focused on the transcriptional coactivator YAP, a critical component of the Hippo signaling pathway that controls organ size. We found that Gaq stimulates YAP through a Trio-Rho/Rac signaling circuitry promoting actin polymerization, independently of phospholipase Cß and the canonical Hippo pathway. Furthermore, we show that Gaq promotes the YAP-dependent growth of uveal melanoma cells, thereby identifying YAP as a suitable therapeutic target in uveal melanoma, a GNAQ/GNA11-initiated human malignancy.
Otras publicaciones de la misma revista o congreso con autores/as de la Universidad de Cantabria