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Integrin signaling through FAK in the regulation of mammary stem cells and breast cancer


Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is a cytoplasmic tyrosine kinase identified as a key mediator of intracellular signaling by integrins, a major family of cell surface receptors for extracellular matrix, in the regulation of different cellular functions in a variety of cells. Upon activation by integrins through disruption of an auto-inhibitory mechanism, FAK undergoes autophosphorylation and forms a complex with Src and other cellular proteins to trigger downstream signaling through its kinase activity or scaffolding function. A number of integrins are identified as surface markers for mammary stem cells (MaSCs) and both integrins and FAK are found to play crucial roles in the maintenance of MaSCs in studies using mouse models, suggesting that integrin signaling through FAK may serve as a functional marker for MaSCs. Consistent with previous studies linking increased expression and activation of FAK to human breast cancer, these findings suggest a novel cellular mechanism of FAK promotion of mammary tumorigenesis by maintaining the pools of MaSCs as targets of oncogenic transformation. Furthermore, FAK inactivation in mouse models of breast cancer also reduced the pool of mammary cancer stem cells (MaCSCs), decreased their self-renewal in vitro, and compromised their tumorigenicity and maintenance in vivo, suggesting a potential role of integrin signaling through FAK in breast cancer growth and progression through its functions in MaCSCs. This review discusses these recent advances and future studies into the mechanism of integrin signaling through FAK in breast cancer through regulation of MaCSCs that may lead to development of novel therapies for this deadly disease.

Keywords: FAK, mammary stem cells, signaling, mouse models


Breast cancer is the most common malignancy among women in the United States and around the world. Both inherited and environmental factors contribute to the high frequency of breast cancer. Research in the last several decades have illuminated the roles of multiple oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes and their associated signaling pathways in the development and progression of breast cancer and other malignancies (1, 2). Early detection and novel therapies based on these mechanistic understanding have significantly improved the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in recent years. However, breast cancer remains as a major health threat given its high incidence as well as being the second leading cause of cancer-related death in American women (from the National Cancer Institute, at

A major conceptual advance in cancer research recently is the proposed role of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in the initiation and progression of breast and other cancers (47). Experimental support for the CSC hypothesis was first provided by studies in human leukemia when Dick and colleagues showed that a small population of leukemic stem cells could transfer the disease to the recipient mice in transplantation (8, 9). The CSC model was extended to the solid tumors by identifying a subpopulation of highly tumorigenic cells with stem cell properties from human breast cancers and other tissue malignancies (1017). According to the CSC model, while the conventional therapies could destroy the bulk of the tumor mass, even a small amount of residual CSCs could lead to recurrence of the cancer due to their stem cell like ability for self-renewal and differentiation (5). Furthermore, there is evidence suggesting that CSCs are more resistant to conventional cancer therapies compared to the bulk of cells in the tumor mass (1822), which could further decrease the effectiveness of conventional treatment strategies. Thus, the CSC model suggests that at least part of the problems with the current treatments for breast and other cancers is the possibility of not targeting and eradicating the right cells (i.e. CSCs) in the tumor (47).

Given the critical role of mammary CSCs (MaCSCs) in breast cancer development and progression, increasing research is directed at the characterization of key signaling molecules and pathways that regulate self-renewal and maintenance of MaCSCs in order to gain insights into the mechanisms of mammary carcinogenesis and to develop novel treatment strategies targeting the MaCSC pool. These studies suggested that a number of developmental signaling pathways such as Hedgehog, Wnt and Notch pathways play important roles in regulation of MaCSCs in addition to their well-characterized functions in a variety of developmental processes including in normal tissue stem cells (e.g. mammary stem cells [MaSCs]) (47). The integrin family of cell surface receptors and their major intracellular signaling mediator focal adhesion kinase (FAK) also emerged as key regulators of MaCSCs and MaSCs in breast cancer in recent studies. This review will focus on these recent advance on the role of integrin signaling through FAK in the regulation of MaCSCs, and the readers are referred to a number of other excellent review articles for general discussion on CSCs and the role of other important signaling pathways in the regulation of CSCs (47) and for discussion on the role of FAK in cancer development and progression in general (80, 81).

Integrin signaling through FAK

Integrins are a family of cell surface receptors involved in mediating cellular interactions with extracellular matrix (ECM) as well as cell-cell interactions (23, 24). Each integrin is a heterodimeric protein complex consisting of an α and a β subunit, both of which are transmembrane glycoproteins with a single membrane-spanning segment and generally a short cytoplasmic domain. Eighteen α subunits and 8 β subunits are found in the human genome, which is known to assemble into 24 distinct integrins. The extracellular domain of the α and β subunits associate to form the headpiece, which determine the specificity for ECM ligands. The binding of ECM to integrins induces integrin clustering at focal adhesions and formation of multiprotein complexes consisting of cytoskeletal and signaling molecules at the cytoplasmic domain of integrins (24, 25). Hence, integrins provide a physical link between ECM and actin cytoskeleton and intracellular signaling molecules at focal adhesions, which allows the bidirectional transmission of mechanical and biochemical signals across the plasma membrane to regulate a variety of cellular functions, including adhesion, migration, survival, growth and differentiation.

Integrins have been shown to regulate multiple intracellular signaling pathways through their coupling to cytoplasmic kinases, small GTPases, and scaffolding proteins as well as interaction and modulation of other receptors at the cell surface (23, 24). One of the earliest identified and most prominent components of integrin signaling is FAK, which is a nonreceptor tyrosine kinase predominantly localized in focal adhesions of adherent cells (2630). FAK was identified in the early 1990s as one of the major substrates of viral oncogene v-Src (31, 32) and the first protein whose tyrosine phosphorylation is dependent on integrin-mediated cell adhesion in adherent cells (3335). These early studies showing stimulation of FAK activation and phosphorylation by integrin-mediated cell adhesion and oncogenic transformation provided a plausible molecular mechanism for anchorage-independent growth of cancer cells, one of their major hallmarks (33). Since these initial findings 18 years ago, numerous studies have linked FAK-mediated signaling pathways to breast and other cancers as well as a variety of different biological and disease processes.

FAK and its related kinase Pyk2 constitute a subfamily of cytoplasmic tyrosine, which is structurally distinct from other nonreceptor tyrosine kinases in its lack of Src homology 2 (SH2) and SH3 domains. While FAK is widely expressed in many tissues and cell types, Pyk2 has a more restricted expression mainly in nervous and blood systems (2630). FAK is highly conserved with greater than 95% amino acid identity across different mammalian species and chicken (36). It is composed of a central kinase domain flanked by an N-terminal FERM (protein 4.1, ezrin, radixin and moesin homology) domain and a C-terminal domain containing the focal adhesion targeting (FAT) sequence responsible for FAK’s localization to focal adhesions. In the inactive state (e.g. in suspended cells), the amino-terminal FERM domain contacts the central kinase domain directly through an intra-molecular interaction, which blocks access to FAK catalytic cleft and sequesters its activation loop as well as the key autophosphorylation site Y397 (3740). During activation, FERM domain is displaced by an activating protein (e.g. integrin β cytoplasmic domain which can interact with FERM domain (41) or other activators), which is associated with a conformational change of FAK (42) allowing rapid autophosphorylation of Y397 and its exposure for binding other proteins including Src family kinases.

Upon its activation by integrin-mediated cell adhesion or other stimuli, FAK becomes associated with several SH2 domain containing molecules including Src (43, 44) and p85 subunit of PI3K (45, 46) through its autophosporylated Y397 residue. FAK binding to the SH2 domain of Src displaces Src Y527 binding to it, relieving the auto-inhibitory interaction and leading to activation of Src. Conversely, activated Src phosphorylates additional sites on FAK, including residues Y576 and Y577 in FAK’s kinase activation loop, leading to further increased activity of FAK, and Y925 to promote binding of adaptor molecule Grb2 to mediate activation of Ras-MAPK signaling (47). FAK association and activation of PI3K through autophosphorylated Y397 leads to increased production of 3′-phosphorylated phospholipid (48), which can activate Akt kinase to inhibit apoptosis by regulating various cell death machinery proteins (49, 50). In addition to its function as a tyrosine kinase, FAK also serves as a scaffolding protein to allow efficient Src phosphorylation of several other molecules bound to FAK. The C-terminal region of FAK contains a number of protein-protein interacting sites, including two proline-rich regions, which serve as binding sites for a variety of SH3 domain-containing proteins including p130Cas (51) and endophilin A2 (52). FAK interaction with p130Cas has been demonstrated to play a crucial role in the regulation of cell migration and breast cancer progression (51, 5356). FAK interaction with endophilin A2 and its phosphorylation by FAK/Src complex reduces its interaction with dynamin and decreases endocytosis of MT1-MMP, leading to increased accumulation of MT1-MMP on tumor cell surface and enhanced invasiveness of cancer cells (52). The major FAK-mediated integrin signaling pathways are summarized in Fig. 1, many of which have been shown to regulate breast cancer development and progression based on previous research (2630) and some of them may do so through their regulation of MaCSCs and MaSCs as suggested by recent studies (57, 58).

Fig. 1
FAK mediated integrin signaling pathways

Role of integrin signaling through FAK in MaSCs

The mammary epithelium undergoes dynamic changes in morphology and function during puberty, pregnancy, lactation, and involution. Based on studies in past decades, compelling evidence indicates the existence of MaSCs capable of self-renewal and differentiation into the various cell lineages comprising functional mammary glands (5962). A single retrovirally-tagged MaSC was shown to give rise to a complete mammary gland upon serial transplantation (59). The β1 and β4 integrins are expressed in mammary epithelium with preferentially higher levels in the basal layer than the luminal epithelial cells (63). While ablation of β4 integrin did not affect the normal development of mammary epithelium, the overexpression of a dominant negative mutant of β1 integrin (64), or the conditional knockout (KO) of β1 integrin in either luminal epithelial cells (65, 66) or basal cells (57) significantly perturbed ductal outgrowth and alveologenesis. Interestingly, populations enriched in MaSCs have been isolated from mice using cell surface markers CD24 and β1 (CD29) or α6 (CD49f) integrins in recent studies (67, 68). Further analysis of these populations revealed that they are basal epithelial cells and are negative for steroid hormone receptor ERα (69). These studies suggest that MaSCs reside in the basal compartment of the mammary epithelium, and that integrin-ECM interactions may play essential roles in MaSCs. In agreement with the idea that integrins serve as “functional” markers for MaSCs (i.e. have a function in the regulation of MaSCs rather than simply as a surface marker), a recent study has shown that deletion of β1 integrin in basal epithelial cells significantly impaired the regeneration potential of MaSCs (57).

Consistent with it being a key intracellular mediator of signal transduction by integrins, several lines of evidence suggest that FAK may also play an important role in the regulation of MaSCs. It was shown recently that human MaSCs and progenitor cells can form mammospheres in suspension culture and propagated in vitro (70). Previous studies showed that most of primary MaECs undergoes apoptosis upon detachment (a process termed anoikis), the ability of MaSCs to propagate in suspension culture suggests that they can survive and proliferate in an anchorage-independent manner. Interestingly, MDCK cells become resistance to anoikis after expression of the constitutively active FAK by gene transfer (71). As resistance to anoikis is a prerequisite for mammosphere formation, these results together suggest that selective activation of FAK in MaSCs may be important for their self-renewal and maintenance in vitro and possibly in vivo. Consistent with such a possibility, we have shown previously that deletion of FAK in MaECs caused a severe lobulo-alveolar hypoplasia and lactational deficiency due to significantly decreased proliferation and differentiation of MaECs (72), implicating a role for FAK in MaSCs as the rapid expansion of the mammary gland in pregnancy and lactation requires a functional pool of MaSCs. Direct analysis of these mice using the newly identified markers showed that ablation of FAK significantly reduced the content of MaSCs in vivo. Furthermore, FAK-null MaSCs exhibited decreased self-renewal as determined by mammosphere assays in vitro as well as limiting dilution transplantation assays in vivo, suggesting that inactivation of FAK severely impairs the self-renewal of MaSCs responsible for the their decreased content in FAK conditional KO mice (Luo and Guan, unpublished results). These recent studies provided a more direct evidence for a role of FAK in MaSCs.

Role of FAK regulation of MaSCs in mammary tumorigenesis

The potential link of FAK to breast cancer was first established by the findings that FAK expression at both mRNA and protein levels were significantly elevated in invasive and metastatic breast tumor specimens in comparison to paired normal tissues, suggesting a role of FAK in promoting breast cancer invasion and metastasis (73). Subsequent studies showed that FAK expression was minimal in benign breast epithelium but was strongly positive in ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), suggesting that FAK overexpression is not restricted to the invasive phenotype, but rather appears to be an early event in breast tumorigenesis (74, 75). In a large population-based study of breast tumor samples, high FAK expression was shown to be associated with an aggressive phenotype exemplified by high mitotic index, estrogen and progesterone receptor negativity, and HER-2/neu overexpression (76). FAK expression is required for the early phase of lung metastasis of mammary adenocarcinoma in a rat syngeneic xenograft model (77). Furthermore, intrinsic FAK activity controls orthotopic breast carcinoma metastasis through the regulation of urokinase plasminogen activator expression (78), and promotes a MAPK-associated angiogenic switch during breast tumor progression (79). Therefore, these studies using clinical samples of breast cancer as well as experimental models strongly implicate a important role of FAK in the development and progression of breast cancer (80, 81).

One important prediction of the CSC hypothesis is that reduced pools of stem/progenitor cells in the normal tissue should substantially decrease the probability of cancer formation in the corresponding tissue (4, 5). As inactivation of FAK as well as β1 integrin significantly compromised self-renewal of MaSCs leading to their reduced pool (57)(also Luo and Guan, unpublished results), raising the interesting possibility that integrin signaling through FAK may promote mammary tumorigenesis through regulation of MaSCs. Indeed, very recent studies by several groups including us showed that ablation of FAK suppressed mammary tumorigenesis and progression in mouse models of breast cancer (56, 58, 82, 83). Furthermore, our studies demonstrated directly that deletion of FAK reduced the pool of MaCSCs in primary tumors developed in FAK conditional KO mice (58). These studies suggest a causal role of FAK in promoting breast cancer in vivo and also lend further support for the CSC hypothesis.

In addition to breast cancer, McLean et al have shown recently that inactivation of FAK in the epidermis significantly suppressed both tumor formation and malignant progression in the skin (84). It would be interesting to determine whether deletion of FAK in the epidermis also reduces the pool of epidermal stem cells as a mechanism of suppression of tumor formation and progression. While this possibility has not been directly tested, it is worthwhile to note that inactivation of FAK in keratinocytes did not affect their survival and proliferation in vitro (84), this is in contrast to the findings from us and others that FAK deletion in MaECs significantly decreased proliferation of MaECs and mammary tumor cells both in vitro and in vivo (56, 58, 72, 82, 83). Thus, it remains possible that integrin signaling through FAK may play a preferential role in MaSCs in breast cancer development while affecting the formation and/or progression of cancer through other mechanisms in the skin and other tissues.

FAK promotion of breast cancer progression through regulation of MaCSCs

Accumulating evidence from both clinical and experimental studies strongly support a role of FAK in the progression and metastasis of breast and other cancers (80, 81). The role of integrin signaling through FAK in promoting cell survival and proliferation contributes to tumor growth and metastasis by enabling tumor cells to survive in different environments and to colonize in distal organs. Several FAK signaling pathways have also been well characterized to promote migration and invasion of different cells, thus facilitating tumor angiogenesis and metastasis (see Fig. 1). One pathway involves FAK complex formation with Src and subsequent phosphorylation of the adaptor molecule Cas by the FAK/Src complex (53, 55, 8587) to promote cell migration via a downstream signaling route including Crk, Dock180, and Rac (55, 88). A second mechanism of FAK promotion of cell migration involves its interactions with PI3K and an adaptor molecule Grb7 (89, 90). FAK has been shown to directly phosphorylate Grb7 in a manner dependent on the production of 3′-phosphorylated phosphoinositides by PI3K to promote cell migration (8991). In addition, FAK has also been shown to promote cell migration through direct modulation of key proteins involving in the remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton, including the Rho subfamily of small GTPases (9294), N-WASP (95), and the Arp2/3 complex (96).

Recent studies using mouse models of breast cancer provided direct in vivo evidence for the role of FAK in promoting breast cancer progression (56, 72, 82, 83). In one report, Lahlou et al showed that conditional KO of FAK in MaECs blocked mammary tumor progression in a model where the efficiency of Cre-mediated FAK deletion in MaECs was estimated at 64.3% (82). Under this relatively low excision efficiency, mammary carcinomas developed in the FAK conditional KO mice all express FAK, while FAK-null MaECs, although present in premalignant mammary hyperplasia, failed to progress to advanced carcinomas and subsequent metastases, suggesting a critical role of FAK in promoting mammary tumor progression. Using a different MMTV-Cre transgenic mouse strain with a higher deletion efficiency of 96.4%, Pylayeva et al reported that deletion of FAK in MaECs significantly suppressed both mammary tumorigenesis and progression (56). Interestingly, this study also indicated that virtually all the primary and lung metastatic tumor lesions found in the FAK conditional KO mice expressed FAK, suggesting that they had originated from the minority of MaECs that had not undergone Cre-mediated deletion of FAK. They also demonstrated a critical role of FAK signaling pathway through Cas in the regulation of mammary tumor invasion in vitro as well as tumorigenicity in vivo.

Although the above study indicated an important role of FAK signaling in mammary tumorigenesis and progression, the fact that FAK is expressed in all malignant primary tumors and metastatic nodules derived in the FAK conditional KO mice prevented analysis of a potential role of FAK in promotion of breast cancer progression through regulation of MaCSCs in vivo. Our studies used a third MMTV-Cre transgenic mouse line that confers Cre-mediated recombination at early embryonic stage to obtain 100% of FAK deletion in the MaECs (72). In this model, we found that deletion of FAK in MaECs significantly suppressed mammary tumor formation, growth and metastasis (58). Mammary tumors were eventually developed in FAK conditional KO mice, but with decreased multiplicity and growth retardation, and they did not express FAK. Similar results and the absence of FAK in PyMT-induced mammary tumors of FAK conditional KO mice was also reported by another group (83). Using our mouse model that completely ablates FAK expression in mammary tumor cells, we showed that inactivation of FAK reduced the pool of MaCSCs in primary tumors developed in FAK conditional KO mice, decreased their self-renewal in vitro, and compromised their tumorigenicity and maintenance in vivo (58).

In MMTV-PyMT tumor model, MaCSCs isolated based on markers of CD24, CD29 and CD61 have been shown to have higher migratory activity compared to corresponding non-stem-like cells (97). By using ALDH activity as a marker for MaCSCs, we also showed a significantly higher migration for ALDH+ cells compared to unsorted and ALDH cells. Moreover, we found that the migration of FAK-null ALDH+ cells is decreased by about 70% relative to ALDH+ cells from control mice, suggesting an important role of FAK in the regulation of migration of MaCSCs (58). These observations of the reduced migration of FAK-null MaCSCs is very interesting as this may suggest a more direct role of FAK in metastasis through its regulation of MaCSCs migration besides influencing the survival and expansion of metastasized MaCSCs in new location through controlling their self-renewal.

Given the widely recognized role of mammary and other CSCs in cancer initiation and progression (47), these studies using mouse models provide a novel cellular mechanism of integrin signaling through FAK in promoting breast cancer. Inactivation of FAK may inhibit mammary tumorigenesis by reducing the self-renewal and available pool of MaSCs and block the growth and progression of breast cancer by impairing self-renewal, migration and tumorigenicity of MaCSCs. A working model for the potential regulation of breast cancer by integrin signaling through FAK is summarized in Fig. 2.

Fig. 2
Inactivation of FAK suppresses breast cancer development and progression caused by deficient self-renewal and decreased pool of MaSCs and MaCSCs in mouse models

Concluding remarks and perspectives

Since its initial identification as a key mediator of integrin signaling (3235, 98), a large body of studies in the last 18 years have clearly established an important role for FAK in breast cancer development and progression (2630, 80, 81). Moreover, these studies also illustrated multiple signaling pathways mediated by FAK through its interactions and phosphorylation of other intracellular molecules in the regulation of various cellular functions (2630). Emerging evidence suggests that integrin signaling through FAK may promote breast cancer through the regulation of MaCSCs and MaSCs. It will be interesting to determine which of the FAK signaling pathways play important roles in the regulation of self-renewal and other activities of MaCSCs, and whether any of these pathways play differential functions in the regulation of MaSCs. The potential differences in the regulation of MaCSCs and MaSCs by specific FAK signaling pathways may be exploited to develop treatments to eliminate MaCSCs but not harming MaSCs for effective new therapies of breast cancer. In addition, it would be interesting to determine the potential cross-talks between integrin-FAK signaling and other signaling pathways involved in the regulation of MaCSCs and MaSCs. These include a number of well-characterized developmental signaling pathways including Notch, Wnt, and hedgehog pathways (47). These studies may suggest that the use of a combination of inhibitors for multiple signaling pathways might be more effective than blockade of a single pathway to eradicate MaCSCs.

In complementary to further analysis of intracellular pathways, it would also be interesting to explore the role of integrin signaling through FAK in the regulation of MaCSCs in the context of influence of tumor microenvironments on these cells. Although it is well known that niches play crucial roles in many tissue stem cells as well as CSCs (99101), very little is known about how extrinsic factors (i.e. niche) control maintenance and self-renewal of MaCSCs. Given their likely roles as “functional” markers, integrins and their signaling through FAK (i.e. activation of FAK) may play an essential function in mediating regulation of MaSCs and MaCSCs by the mammary stroma and the tumor microenvironments, respectively, which may provide the niches crucial for the self renewal of the stem cells. In a recent report, interestingly, formation of fibronectin-rich patches (pre-Metastasis niche) initiated by the VEGFR1+ bone marrow-derived hematopoietic progenitor cells were observed in the target organs of cancer metastasis (102), suggesting the possibility that integrin signaling through FAK in MaCSCs upon adhesion to fibronectin patch may facilitate the survival and self-renewal of metastasized MaCSCs in the target organs.

Given the highly conserved sequence and functions of FAK and its signaling pathways between mouse and human, it is very likely that FAK signaling pathways involved in the regulation of MaCSCs in mouse models also play crucial roles in human MaCSCs. Nevertheless, it would be important to confirm that FAK signaling plays a role in human MaCSCs, which may account for the observations of an correlation between FAK activation and malignant progression of human breast cancer in previous studies (80, 81), and to elucidate the molecular mechanisms and downstream effectors of FAK signaling in human MaCSCs. Conversely, although MaCSCs were first described in human breast tumors (10), the origins of these highly tumorigenic cells (e.g. whether derived from normal MaSCs) remain obscure and are difficult to determine in human tumors. Mouse models of breast cancer provide an excellent system to address the cellular origins of MaCSCs, one of the important issues in the CSC model with great implications in breast cancer treatments. The major advantages of using mouse models include the relative ease of genetic manipulation (KO and knockin approaches), well established methods to isolate primary MaECs and tumor cells followed by transplantation into syngeneic recipient mice after manipulation in vitro (e.g. gene transduction by recombinant lentiviruses), and the well-characterized specific cell surface markers for distinct subpopulations of the mammary epithelial hierarchy including MaSCs and progenitor cells (67, 68, 103). The use of syngeneic mouse models allows one to study mammary tumor development and progression in animals with intact immune system, which contains both suppressive and promoting activities for breast cancer (104106), as well as the right microenvironments which could also influence mammary tumor cells in both positive and negative manners (107, 108). In short, future studies using a combination of approaches including mouse models as well as human breast cancer samples will generate significant insights into the mechanisms by which key signaling proteins and pathways regulate self-renewal and maintenance of MaCSCs, and will significantly advance our understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of breast cancer. These studies will also contribute to the development of novel therapies targeting the MaCSC pool to eradicate this deadly disease.


Work in author’s laboratory is supported by NIH grants.


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