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Int J Cancer. 2005 Feb 20;113(5):689-98.

Tyrosine phosphorylation of PYK2 mediates heregulin-induced glioma invasion: novel heregulin/HER3-stimulated signaling pathway in glioma.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Munich, Germany.


Receptor tyrosine kinases of the EGFR family transmit extracellular signals that control diverse cellular functions such as proliferation, differentiation and survival. Signaling function of a member of this family, HER3, is believed to be impaired due to deviations in its kinase consensus motifs. Here we address the functional role and signaling mechanisms of HER3. HER3 preferentially forms heterodimers with HER2 inducing the most potent mitogenic signal among EGFR family members. Our data show that in a glioma-derived cell line the cytoplasmic tyrosine kinase PYK2 is constitutively associated with HER3 and that stimulation with Heregulin results in PYK2 tyrosine phosphorylation. HER3, but not HER2, mediates the phosphorylation of the C-terminal region of PYK2 to promote a mitogenic response through activation of the MAPK pathway. A central role of PYK2 in signaling downstream of HER3 is substantiated by the demonstration that expression of a dominant-negative PYK2-KM construct abrogates the Heregulin-induced MAPK activity and inhibits the invasive potential of glioma cells. These results suggest a novel Heregulin/HER3-stimulated signaling pathway in glioblastoma-derived cell lines that involves phosphorylation of PYK2 and mediates invasiveness of glioma cells.

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