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Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2005 Nov;33(5):438-46. Epub 2005 Jul 7.

Bone morphogenetic protein receptor type II C-terminus interacts with c-Src: implication for a role in pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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Department of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York 10032, USA.


Mutations of bone morphogenetic protein receptor type II (BMPR-II) have been associated with familial and idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). BMPR-II is a member of the transforming growth factor-beta receptor superfamily. It consists of extracellular, transmembrane, and kinase domains, and a unique C-terminus with mostly unknown function. However, a number of PAH-causing mutations are predicted to truncate the C-terminus, suggesting that this domain plays an important role in the homeostasis of pulmonary vessels. In this study, we sought to elucidate the functional role of this C-terminus by seeking its interacting partners. Using yeast two-hybrid screening, we identified c-Src tyrosine kinase as a binding partner of this C-terminus. In vitro co-immunoprecipitation confirmed their interaction. Mutations truncating the C-terminus disrupted their interaction, while missense mutation within kinase domain reduced their interaction. In addition, BMPR-II and c-Src tyrosine kinase colocalized within intracellular aggregates when overexpressed in HEK293 cells. Moreover, mutations truncating the C-terminus disrupted their colocalization, whereas missense mutation within kinase domain had no effect on their colocalization. Furthermore, BMP ligand stimulation decreased c-Src-activating phosphorylation at Tyrosine 418 in pulmonary smooth muscle cells in both time- and concentration-dependent manners. Mutations that truncated the C-terminus abolished this response. Taken together, these results suggest a model in which proliferative effect of c-Src by vasoactive molecules is balanced by opposing effect of BMP signaling in basal state, and the loss of this balance due to BMPR2 mutations leads to increased c-Src activity and subsequently cell growth.

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