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EMBO J. 2005 Jul 6;24(13):2342-53. Epub 2005 Jun 16.

VEGF receptor-2 Y951 signaling and a role for the adapter molecule TSAd in tumor angiogenesis.

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Rudbeck Laboratory, Department of Genetics and Pathology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

Abstract

Vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR-2) activation by VEGF-A is essential in vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. We have generated a pan-phosphorylation site map of VEGFR-2 and identified one major tyrosine phosphorylation site in the kinase insert (Y951), in addition to two major sites in the C-terminal tail (Y1175 and Y1214). In developing vessels, phosphorylation of Y1175 and Y1214 was detected in all VEGFR-2-expressing endothelial cells, whereas phosphorylation of Y951 was identified in a subset of vessels. Phosphorylated Y951 bound the T-cell-specific adapter (TSAd), which was expressed in tumor vessels. Mutation of Y951 to F and introduction of phosphorylated Y951 peptide or TSAd siRNA into endothelial cells blocked VEGF-A-induced actin stress fibers and migration, but not mitogenesis. Tumor vascularization and growth was reduced in TSAd-deficient mice, indicating a critical role of Y951-TSAd signaling in pathological angiogenesis.

PMID:
15962004
PMCID:
PMC1173150
DOI:
10.1038/sj.emboj.7600709
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