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Physical and functional interaction between hMSH5 and c-Abl.

Despite being a member of the mismatch repair family of proteins, the biological functions of hMSH5 in human cells are presently elusive. Here, we report a novel physical and functional interaction between hMSH5 and c-Abl; the latter is a critical non-receptor tyrosine kinase involved in many critical cellular functions including DNA damage response, in which the kinase activity is normally suppressed in the absence of biological challenges. Our data indicate that hMSH5 associates with c-Abl in vivo, which is mediated by a direct physical interaction between the NH2 terminus (residues 1-109) of hMSH5 and the c-Abl SH3 domain. This physical interaction facilitates the activation of c-Abl tyrosine kinase and the phosphorylation of hMSH5 in response to ionizing radiation. Our data also indicate that the hMSH5 P29S variant overactivates the c-Abl tyrosine kinase activity. Furthermore, it seems that the tyrosine phosphorylation of hMSH5 promotes the dissociation of hMSH4-hMSH5 heterocomplex. Together, the revealed physical and functional interaction of hMSH5 with c-Abl implies that the interplay between hMSH5 and c-Abl could manipulate cellular responses to ionizing radiation-induced DNA damages.[1]


  1. Physical and functional interaction between hMSH5 and c-Abl. Yi, W., Lee, T.H., Tompkins, J.D., Zhu, F., Wu, X., Her, C. Cancer Res. (2006) [Pubmed]
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