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Gene. 1999 Mar 4;228(1-2):243-52.

Identification of a Drosophila homologue to vertebrate Crk by interaction with MBC.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA.


The vertebrate adapter protein termed Crk was initially identified from the chicken CT10 retrovirus on the basis of its transforming activity (Mayer et al., 1988. Nature 332, 272-275). We have identified a Drosophila protein with homology to vertebrate Crk, termed dCRK, by interaction with the protein encoded by the Drosophila myoblast city (mbc) gene. The dCRK protein has extensive homology to the both the Crk-II form of vertebrate Crk and the Crk-related protein CRKL, and includes one SH2 domain followed by two SH3 domains. A single protein of approx. 37kDa is detected in extracts from embryos, and Northern analysis revealed a single transcript of 1.3kb. The dCrk mRNA is abundant throughout embryogenesis, declines during the larval stages, and reappears during pupation. In addition, maternally-provided transcripts have been detected. During embryogenesis, the spatial distribution of this transcript is relatively broad and appears to include all germ layers. Finally, dCrk is located on the fourth chromosome, approximately at cytological position 101F-102A.

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