We developed a method of clone proliferation promoting fusion genes whose proteins were activated by protein oligomerization through the helix-loop-helix region (PNT domain) of TEL. We inserted a cDNA library downstream of the PNT domain with a retrovirus vector. The resulting retrovirus infected cytokine-dependent 32D cells and cells with cytokine-independent growth were analyzed for the inserted cDNA. We cloned 25 independent fusion genes including seven kinds of partner genes. Six of the seven were a fusion of TEL with protein tyrosine kinase, LYN, HCK, FGR, SYK, FLT3, and TYK2. A serine/threonine kinase, ARAF1, was also found to fuse with TEL. These kinase fusion proteins included kinase domains with proper reading frames. These fusions may be a useful model for clarifying the downstream signal transduction of constitutive active kinase and this expression cloning method may provide a new tool with which to study cell proliferation signalling.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - 30-07-2004|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology