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Tec protein-tyrosine kinase directly associates with Lyn protein-tyrosine kinase through its N-terminal unique domain.

Most of non-receptor-type protein-tyrosine kinases share common structures, such as N-terminal unique domains, Src homology region (SH)-2 domains, SH-3 domains and kinase domains. Although vast effort has brought some information about the in vivo roles of SH-2, -3 and kinase domains, little is still understood about the function of N-terminal unique domain. By utilizing the glutathione S-transferase (GST)-fusion system, we have investigated the role of N-terminal unique domain of the Tec protein-tyrosine kinase in a mouse IL-3-dependent myeloid cell line. We could reveal that the C-terminal half of the Tec N-terminal unique domain (NTec2 region) can bind to a set of tyrosine- phosphorylated cellular proteins in vitro in an IL-3-dependent manner. Surprisingly, p56/53Lyn constitutively binds to the NTec2 region. Among the NTec2-bound Lyn proteins, only the p56 form seems to be inducibly tyrosine- phosphorylated in response to IL-3. Binding domain of Lyn to the NTec2 region was localized to its SH-3 domain. Tec was also shown to make a stable complex with Lyn in vivo. This is the first report demonstrating the direct association between distinct cytoplasmic protein-tyrosine kinases, especially through N-terminal unique domain.[1]


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