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EMBO J. 1998 Apr 1;17(7):1961-72.

Phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-trisphosphate (PtdIns-3,4,5-P3)/Tec kinase-dependent calcium signaling pathway: a target for SHIP-mediated inhibitory signals.

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  • 1Laboratory of Allergy and Immunology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215, USA.


Tec family non-receptor tyrosine kinases have been implicated in signal transduction events initiated by cell surface receptors from a broad range of cell types, including an essential role in B-cell development. A unique feature of several Tec members among known tyrosine kinases is the presence of an N-terminal pleckstrin homology (PH) domain. We directly demonstrate that phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-trisphosphate (PtdIns-3,4,5-P3) interacting with the PH domain acts as an upstream activation signal for Tec kinases, resulting in Tec kinase-dependent phospholipase Cgamma (PLCgamma) tyrosine phosphorylation and inositol trisphosphate production. In addition, we show that this pathway is blocked when an SH2-containing inositol phosphatase (SHIP)-dependent inhibitory receptor is engaged. Together, our results suggest a general mechanism whereby PtdIns-3,4,5-P3 regulates receptor-dependent calcium signals through the function of Tec kinases.

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