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Neuron. 1995 Aug;15(2):395-406.

Deletion of a conserved juxtamembrane sequence in Trk abolishes NGF-promoted neuritogenesis.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York 10032, USA.


Deletion of a conserved juxtamembrane sequence (KFG) in the Trk NGF receptor resulted in impaired neurite outgrowth, somatic hypertrophy, and induction of c-fos, c-jun, and TIS1 immediate-early genes. In contrast, these receptors retained the ability to mediate NGF-promoted survival and TIS8 and TIS11 immediate-early gene induction. The mutated receptor also mediated unimpaired autophosphorylation; SHC, PLC-gamma 1, and ERK tyrosine phosphorylation; and PI-3 kinase and ERK activation. However, SNT protein tyrosine phosphorylation, which wild-type receptors mediate via a ras-independent pathway, was undetectable. These findings indicate that the KFG sequence is indispensable for activating a ras-independent NGF signaling pathway involved in promoting neuronal differentiation and highlight potential roles of non-tyrosine-containing receptor domains in growth factor signal transduction.

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