PTEN is destabilized by phosphorylation on Thr366

Helene Maccario, Nevin M Perera, Lindsay Davidson, C Peter Downes, Nick R Leslie

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Although PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homologue deleted on chromosome 10) is one of the most commonly mutated tumour suppressors in human cancers, loss of PTEN expression in the absence of mutation appears to occur in an even greater number of tumours. PTEN is phosphorylated in vitro on Thr366 and Ser370 by GSK3 (glycogen synthase kinase 3) and CK2 (casein kinase 2) respectively, and specific inhibitors of these kinases block these phosphorylation events in cultured cells. Although mutation of these phosphorylation sites did not alter the phosphatase activity of PTEN in vitro or in cells, blocking phosphorylation of Thr366 by either mutation or GSK3 inhibition in glioblastoma cell lines led to a stabilization of the PTEN protein. Our data support a model in which the phosphorylation of Thr366 plays a role in destabilizing the PTEN protein.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-444
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2007


  • Animals
  • Casein Kinase II
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
  • Glioblastoma
  • Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mutation
  • NIH 3T3 Cells
  • PTEN Phosphohydrolase
  • Phosphorylation
  • Phosphothreonine
  • Serine


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