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Cell. 1989 Jun 30;57(7):1101-7.

EGF induces tyrosine phosphorylation of phospholipase C-II: a potential mechanism for EGF receptor signaling.

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Rorer Biotechnology, Inc., King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406.


Binding of EGF to cells expressing human EGF receptor stimulated rapid tyrosine phosphorylation of phospholipase C-II (PLC-II), as revealed by immunoblotting analysis with phosphotyrosine-specific antibodies. Tyrosine phosphorylation of PLC-II was stimulated by low physiological concentrations of EGF (1 nM), was quantitative, and was already maximal after a 30 sec incubation with 50 nM EGF at 37 degrees C. Interestingly, antibodies specific for PLC-II were able to coimmunoprecipitate the EGF receptor and antibodies against EGF receptor also coimmunoprecipitated PLC-II. According to this analysis, approximately 1% of EGF receptor molecules were associated with PLC-II molecules. The protein tyrosine kinase inhibitor tyrphostin RG50864, which blocks EGF-dependent cell proliferation, blocked EGF-induced tyrosine phosphorylation of PLC-II, its association with EGF receptor, and EGF-induced Ca2+ release. Hence, EGF-induced tyrosine phosphorylation of PLC-II may be a regulatory event linking the tyrosine kinase activity of EGF receptor to the PIP2 hydrolysis signaling pathway.

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