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Mol Carcinog. 1999 Sep;26(1):20-31.

The role of SRC-CAS interactions in cellular transformation: ectopic expression of the carboxy terminus of CAS inhibits SRC-CAS interaction but has no effect on cellular transformation.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology and Cancer Center, University of Virginia Health Science Center, Charlottesville 22908, USA.


Several lines of evidence indicate that the adapter molecule p130CAS (crk-associated substrate (CAS)) is required for src-mediated cellular transformation. CAS has been shown to be heavily tyrosine-phosphorylated in src-transformed cells, and genetic variants of src that are deficient in CAS binding are also unable to mediate cellular transformation. In this report, we investigated whether CAS phosphorylation and/or its association with src are required elements of the transformation process. Expression of the carboxy-terminal src binding domain of CAS in Rat 1 fibroblasts expressing a temperature-sensitive allele of v-src inhibited the formation of src-CAS complexes and also inhibited tyrosine phosphorylation of CAS. However, expression of this protein had no effect on morphological transformation, src-mediated actin rearrangements, or anchorage-independent growth of these cells when grown at the src-permissive temperature. Thus, the ability of activated src to mediate cellular transformation is either largely independent of endogenous CAS phosphorylation and/or its association with CAS or, alternatively, the carboxy-terminus of CAS may substitute for endogenous CAS in the process of src-mediated transformation.

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