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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

PDGF-dependent tyrosine phosphorylation stimulates production of novel polyphosphoinositides in intact cells.

A phosphatidylinositol (PI) kinase activity associated with certain protein tyrosine kinases important in cell proliferation phosphorylates the 3' hydroxyl position of PI to produce phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate (PI-3-P). Here we report that, in addition to PI-3' kinase activity, anti-phosphotyrosine (alpha-P-tyr) immunoprecipitates from platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-stimulated smooth muscle cells (SMC) contain lipid kinase activities that utilize the substrates phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate (PI-4-P) and phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate (PI-4,5-P2). These activities are absent in alpha-P-tyr immunoprecipitates from quiescent SMC. The product of PI-4-P phosphorylation appears to be phosphatidylinositol-3,4-bisphosphate (PI-3,4-P2), a lipid not previously reported. The product of PI-4,5-P2 phosphorylation is phosphatidylinositol-trisphosphate (PIP3). PI-3-P was detected in quiescent SMC and increased only slightly in response to PDGF. PIP3 and the putative PI-3,4-P2 appeared only after the addition of mitogen. Both the temporal production of these novel phospholipids after PDGF stimulation and the observation of the enzymatic activities that produce them in alpha-P-tyr immunoprecipitates suggest that these phospholipids are excellent candidates for mediators of the PDGF mitogenic response.[1]


  1. PDGF-dependent tyrosine phosphorylation stimulates production of novel polyphosphoinositides in intact cells. Auger, K.R., Serunian, L.A., Soltoff, S.P., Libby, P., Cantley, L.C. Cell (1989) [Pubmed]
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