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Intersectin can regulate the Ras/MAP kinase pathway independent of its role in endocytosis.

We previously identified intersectin, a multiple EH and SH3 domain-containing protein, as a component of the endocytic machinery. Overexpression of the SH3 domains of intersectin blocks transferrin receptor endocytosis, possibly by disrupting targeting of accessory proteins of clathrin-coated pit formation. More recently, we identified mammalian Sos, a guanine-nucleotide exchange factor for Ras, as an intersectin SH3 domain-binding partner. We now demonstrate that overexpression of intersectin's SH3 domains blocks activation of Ras and MAP kinase in various cell lines. Several studies suggest that activation of MAP kinase downstream of multiple receptor types is dependent on endocytosis. Thus, the dominant-negative effect of the SH3 domains on Ras/MAP kinase activation may be indirectly mediated through a block in endocytosis. Consistent with this idea, incubating cells at 4 degrees C or with phenylarsine oxide, treatments previously established to inhibit EGF receptor endocytosis, blocks EGF-dependent activation of MAP kinase. However, under these conditions, Ras activity is unaffected and overexpression of the SH3 domains of intersectin is still able to block Ras activation. Thus, intersectin SH3 domain overexpression can effect EGF-mediated MAP kinase activation directly through a block in Ras, consistent with a functional role for intersectin in Ras activation.[1]


  1. Intersectin can regulate the Ras/MAP kinase pathway independent of its role in endocytosis. Tong, X.K., Hussain, N.K., Adams, A.G., O'Bryan, J.P., McPherson, P.S. J. Biol. Chem. (2000) [Pubmed]
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