A coiled-coil tetramerization domain of BCR-ABL is essential for the interactions of SH2-containing signal transduction molecules

Tetsuzo Tauchi, Keisuke Miyazawa, Gen Sheng Feng, Hal E. Broxmeyer, Keisuke Toyama

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BCR-ABL is a chimeric oncoprotein that exhibits deregulated tyrosine kinase activity and is implicated in the pathogenesis of Philadelphia chromosome (Ph1)positive leukemia. We have previously shown SH2-containing phosphotyrosine phosphatase SHP-2 forms stable complexes with BCR-ABL and Grb2 in BCR-ABL-transformed cells (Tauchi, T., Feng, G. S., Shen, R., Song, H. Y., Donner, D., Pawson, T., and Broxmeyer, H. E. (1994) J. Biol. Chem. 269, 15381-15387). To elucidate the structural requirement of BCR-ABL for the interactions with SH2-containing signaling molecules, we examined a series of BCR-ABL mutants which include the Grb2 binding site-deleted BCR-ABL (1-63 BCR/ABL), the tetramerization domain-deleted BCR-ABL (64-509 BCR/ABL), and the SH2 domain-deleted BCR-ABL (BCR/ABL ΔSH2). These BCR-ABL mutants were previously shown to reduce the transforming activity in fibroblasts. We found that the tetramerization domain-deleted BCR-ABL did not induce the tyrosine phosphorylation of SHP-2 and the interactions of BCR-ABL, SHP-2, and Grb2. In vitro kinase assays have also shown that the tetramerization domain-deleted BCR-ABL mutant did not phosphorylate GST-SHP-2 in vitro. SHP-2 was co- immunoprecipitated with phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase in BCR/ABL p210- transformed cells; however, this interaction was not observed in the tetramerization domain-deleted BCR-ABL mutant. Therefore the tetramerization domain of BCR-ABL is essential for interactions of these downstream molecules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1389-1394
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 25 1997


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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