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Cell. 1990 Mar 9;60(5):755-65.

Interaction of the unique N-terminal region of tyrosine kinase p56lck with cytoplasmic domains of CD4 and CD8 is mediated by cysteine motifs.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, San Francisco 94143.


p56lck, a lymphocyte-specific member of the src family of cytoplasmic protein-tyrosine kinases, is associated noncovalently with the cell surface glycoproteins CD4 and CD8, which are expressed on functionally distinct subpopulations of T cells. Using transient coexpression of p56lck with CD4 or CD8 alpha in COS-7 cells, we show that the unique N-terminal region of p56lck binds to the membrane-proximal 10 and 28 cytoplasmic residues of CD8 alpha and CD4, respectively. Two cysteine residues in each of the critical sequences in CD4, CD8 alpha, and p56lck are required for association. Our results suggest a novel role for cysteine-mediated interactions between unrelated proteins and provide a model for the association of other src-like cytoplasmic kinases with transmembrane proteins.

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