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Reassessment of the v-fms sequence: threonine phosphorylation of the COOH-terminal domain.

The v-fms oncogene product of the McDonough strain of feline sarcoma virus is a member of the receptor tyrosine kinase family. Its cellular counterpart, the c-fms product, is the receptor for colony-stimulating factor 1 (CSF-1) of macrophages. We have reanalyzed the v-fms gene by direct sequencing of a biologically active clone. An additional A nucleotide was detected in position 2810 of the published v-fms sequence. The frameshift changed the COOH-terminal sequence of the v-fms protein from -R-937-G-P-P-L-COOH to -Q-937-R-T-P-P-V-A-R-COOH. Antibodies against a synthetic peptide representing this new sequence precipitated the v-fms proteins from transformed NRK cells as well as from feline sarcoma virus (McDonough)-infected feline fibroblasts. We show by tryptic peptide mapping that threonine 939 present in the new sequence is phosphorylated by a yet unknown serine/threonine kinase in vivo. In chicken fibroblasts expressing the v-fms gene, this phosphorylation clearly depended on the addition of exogenous CSF-1. Furthermore, addition of CSF-1 appeared to activate the serine/threonine kinase, as judged by phosphorylation of the synthetic peptide QRTPPVAR.[1]


  1. Reassessment of the v-fms sequence: threonine phosphorylation of the COOH-terminal domain. Smola, U., Hennig, D., Hadwiger-Fangmeier, A., Schütz, B., Pfaff, E., Niemann, H., Tamura, T. J. Virol. (1991) [Pubmed]
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