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FEBS Lett. 2002 Sep 11;527(1-3):216-222.

The expression of the non-receptor tyrosine kinases Arg and c-abl is differently modulated in B lymphoid cells at different stages of differentiation.

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Department of Experimental and Environmental Medicine and Medical Biotechnologies, Milano-Bicocca University, Via Cadore 48, 20052 (MI), Monza, Italy.


The products of the human ARG gene and the human ABL gene characterize the Abelson family of non-receptor tyrosine protein kinases. Both genes are ubiquitously expressed. The interactions of these two similar protein kinases are still not well known, although it has been suggested that they could cooperate, with redundant actions, to provide intracellular signals in the cells. Lymphopenia occurs in mice with homozygous disruption of c-abl, indicating that in certain tissues Arg is unable to substitute c-abl functions. In B and T lymphoid cell lines at different stages of differentiation, we studied, by a reverse transcriptase-competitive polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting, Arg and c-abl in order to evaluate whether the expression pattern of the two genes could give insight as to why they do not exhibit overlapping roles in lymphocytes and whether the product levels of the two genes are related to lymphoid differentiation. The data showed that their expression is differently modified in lymphoid B cell lines. The highest Arg transcript and protein levels are in the mature B cells.

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