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FEBS Lett. 1999 Jul 16;455(1-2):145-8.

Phosphorylation of p125FAK and paxillin focal adhesion proteins in src-transformed cells with different metastatic capacity.

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Institute of Carcinogenesis, Cancer Research Center, Moscow, Russia.


Hamster fibroblasts transformed by Rous sarcoma virus (RSV) display different metastatic potentials that are associated with specific structural features of the v-src oncoprotein. This diverse metastatic activity could be due to various tyrosine phosphorylation levels of specific src protein substrates. To check this hypothesis, phosphorylation of the FAK and paxillin proteins, involved in signal transduction pathways and known as src protein substrates, was tested. It was shown that FAK and paxillin are hyperphosphorylated in the high metastatic cell lines as compared with the phosphotyrosine level of these proteins found in the low metastatic cell lines. In addition, our data confirm that v-src protein plays a direct role in paxillin phosphorylation.

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