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Oncogene. 1999 Sep 9;18(36):5126-30.

Association of RACK1 and PKCbeta with the common beta-chain of the IL-5/IL-3/GM-CSF receptor.

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Department of Pulmonary Diseases, University Hospital Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, 3508 GA Utrecht, The Netherlands.


Granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), interleukin-3 (IL-3) and interleukin-5 (IL-5 belong to a family of cytokines that regulate proliferation, differentiation and function of haematopoietic cells. Their receptor consists of a ligand specific alpha-chain and a signal transducing beta-chain (betac). While, the role of phosphotyrosine residues in the betac as mediators of downstream signalling cascades has been established, little is known about non-phosphotyrosine mediated events. To identify proteins interacting with betac, we screened a yeast two-hybrid library with the intracellular domain of betac. We found that RACK1, a molecule associating with activated PKC, PLCgamma and Src kinases, associated with the membrane proximal region of betac in both yeast two-hybrid, immunoprecipitation and GST-pull-down assays. The association of RACK1 was constitutive, demonstrating no alteration upon cellular stimulation. Furthermore, upon stimulation of cells with IL-5 or PMA, a complex of betac and PKCbeta was found. Together, these findings suggest a novel role for RACK1 as a possible adapter molecule associating with the intracellular domain of cytokine receptors.

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