Author(s): Hu H, Rudd CE, Schneider H
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Abstract Src kinases bind to surface receptors and mediate signaling events at the surface of cells. Little is known regarding whether these kinases can mediate events within intracellular compartments. The T-cell antigen CTLA-4 resides primarily in the trans-Golgi network (TGN), and as such could serve as a model to study the intracellular function of src kinases in their ability to phosphorylate the receptor. In this study, we show that tyrosine kinases p56lck and p59fyn phosphorylate the cytoplasmic domain of CTLA-4 in T-cells. Most interestingly, these kinases are also found in the Golgi apparatus, the intracellular compartment where most of CTLA-4 is localized. Transfection of Lck or Fyn resulted in increased phosphorylation of intracellular CTLA-4 and recruitment of PI-3 kinase. By contrast, phosphorylation did not influence the presence of the receptor in the TGN. These data demonstrate that src kinases operate to modulate receptor binding to intracellular signaling proteins introducing the possibility that intracellular forms of receptors may generate growth signals. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.
This article was published in Biochem Biophys Res Commun
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology