Enhanced phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase activity and high phosphorylation state of its downstream signalling molecules mediated by Ret with the MEN 2B mutation

Hideki Murakami, Toshihide Iwashita, Naoya Asai, Yohei Shimono, Yosuke Iwata, Kumi Kawai, Masahide Takahashi

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Abstract

We compared the intracellular signalling pathways through Ret tyrosine kinase activated by glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) 2A, or MEN 2B mutation. Tyrosine phosphorylation of Grb2-associated binder-1 (Gab1) and activation of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI 3-kinase) were induced at higher levels by GDNF stimulation or the MEN 2B mutation than by the MEN 2A mutation. Tyrosine-phosphorylated Gab1 was a major component that interacted with the active PI 3-kinase in vivo. In addition, we found that p62Dok and PKB/Akt were phosphorylated in a PI 3-kinase-dependent manner and the levels of their phosphorylation were significantly higher in the MEN 2B transfectant than in the MEN 2A transfectant. Tyrosine phosphorylation of p62Dok resulted in its complex formation with the Ras GTPase-activating protein (Ras-GAP) and the Nck adaptor protein. These findings thus suggested that high levels of activation of PI 3-kinase and of phosphorylation of its downstream signalling molecules may be associated with the clinical phenotype of MEN 2B.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-75
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume262
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19-08-1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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