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J Biol Chem. 2003 Nov 7;278(45):44075-82. Epub 2003 Aug 25.

Src phosphorylates Grb2-associated binder 1 upon hepatocyte growth factor stimulation.

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  • 1Department of Life Sciences and the Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227, Taiwan.


Grb2-associated binder 1 (Gab1) is known to play an important role in hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) signaling, which rapidly becomes tyrosine-phosphorylated upon HGF stimulation. In this study, we found that the tyrosine phosphorylation of Gab1 in the cells derived from Src/Yes/Fyn null mouse embryos was approximately 40% lower than that in their wild type counterparts upon HGF stimulation. Increased expression of wild-type Src enhanced HGF-induced phosphorylation of Gab1, and, in contrast, expression of the Src kinase-deficient mutant or treatment of the specific Src inhibitor PP1 suppressed it. Expression of a constitutively active Src mutant (Y527F) or oncogenic v-Src led to a prominent increase in Gab1 phosphorylation independent of HGF stimulation. Moreover, Src interacted with Gab1 via both its Src homology 2 and 3 domains and was capable of phosphorylating purified Gab1 in vitro. Finally, the increased phosphorylation of Gab1 by Src selectively potentiated HGF-induced activation of ERK and AKT. Taken together, our results establish a new role for Src in HGF-induced Gab1 phosphorylation.

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