Journal of Molecular Neuroscience

, Volume 68, Issue 1, pp 38–48 | Cite as

LATS2 Inhibits Malignant Behaviors of Glioma Cells via Inactivating YAP

  • Yi Shi
  • Decheng Geng
  • Yu Zhang
  • Min Zhao
  • Yan Wang
  • Yang Jiang
  • Rutong YuEmail author
  • Xiuping ZhouEmail author


We previously reported that LATS2, the upstream serine/threonine kinase of Yes-associated protein (YAP), is downregulated in gliomas and exhibits negative correlation with the prognosis of glioma patients. In this work, we aimed to explore the role and mechanism of large tumor suppressor kinase (LATS2) in the progression of malignant gliomas. We found that over-expression of LATS2 inhibited glioma cell proliferation and migration/invasion, while LATS2 downregulation promoted them. Mechanistically, LATS2 promoted the phosphorylation of YAP without affecting YAP mRNA expression. Inconsistent with some previous reports, both YAPWT and YAP5SA did not affect the level of LATS2, suggesting that LATS2 did not form a feedback loop with YAP in gliomas. Furthermore, mammalian Ste20-like kinases (MST1) over-expression did not affect the phosphorylation of YAP, suggesting that MST1 may not be the essential upstream serine/threonine kinase of Hippo/YAP pathway in gliomas. Together, LATS2 inhibits glioma cell proliferation and migration/invasion by inactivating YAP.


Glioma LATS2 Proliferation Migration/invasion YAP 


Funding Information

This study was funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81672489; No. 81472345; No. 81872053).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Glioma tissues diagnosed according to the 2007 World Health Organization classification were collected from Brain Hospital, Affiliated Hospital of Xuzhou Medical University during year 2014–2015. There are 55 cases of glioma samples, including 22 cases of astrocytomas (grade II), 17 cases of anaplastic astrocytomas (grade III), and 16 cases of glioblastomas (grade IV). Eighteen nontumorous brain tissues were obtained from internal decompression of patients with cerebral injury. Written informed consent was obtained from each patient, and the study was approved by the ethics committee of the hospital.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Nervous System DiseasesXuzhou Medical UniversityXuzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Brain HospitalAffiliated Hospital of Xuzhou Medical UniversityXuzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.The Graduate SchoolXuzhou Medical UniversityXuzhouChina

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