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Dev Cell. 2002 Dec;3(6):803-14.

Localization of the MP1-MAPK scaffold complex to endosomes is mediated by p14 and required for signal transduction.

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Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Dr. Bohr-Gasse 7, A-1030 Vienna, Austria.


Eukaryotic cells use the extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK) cascade to connect cell-surface receptors to intracellular targets. Although various signals are routed through the ERK pathway, cells respond accordingly to a given stimulus. To regulate proper signal transduction, scaffolds and adaptors are employed to organize specific signaling units. The scaffold protein MP1 (MEK1 partner) assembles a scaffold complex in the ERK cascade. We show that p14 functions as an adaptor protein, which is required and sufficient to localize MP1 to endosomes. Reduction of MP1 or p14 protein levels by siRNAi results in defective signal transduction. Therefore, our results suggest that the endosomal localization of the p14/MP1-MAPK scaffold complex is crucial for signal transduction.

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