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J Biol Chem. 1992 May 25;267(15):10670-5.

Erythropoietin induces the tyrosine phosphorylation of its own receptor in human erythropoietin-responsive cells.

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  • 1Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Unité 152, ICGM, Hopital Cochin, Paris, France.


Using the human erythropoietin-responsive hematopoietic cell line UT-7, we showed that erythropoietin (Epo) rapidly and specifically induced the tyrosine phosphorylation of its own receptor (M(r) 75,000) and increased the tyrosine phosphorylation of other proteins of M(r) 140,000, 120,000, 95,000, 60,000, 57,000, and 42,000. Neither granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, interleukin 3, interleukin 6, nor the kit ligand induced the phosphorylation of the M(r) 75,000 receptor protein, although these growth factors induced the phosphorylation of other proteins. Cross-linking experiments using 125I-Epo indicated that the UT-7 cells expressed three Epo receptor subunits, of M(r) 100,000, 85,000, and 75,000, among which only the M(r) 75,000 subunit was tyrosine-phosphorylated following activation with Epo.

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