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Mol Cell Biol. 1989 Dec;9(12):5722-5.

The FER gene is evolutionarily conserved and encodes a widely expressed member of the FPS/FES protein-tyrosine kinase family.

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  • 1Division of Molecular and Developmental Biology, Mt. Sinai Hospital Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


We have recently isolated human and rat cDNAs (designated FER and flk, respectively) which encode nonreceptor protein-tyrosine kinases which are very similar to one another and related in sequence and domain structure to the c-fps/fes gene product. We show that FER and flk are human and rat counterparts of an evolutionarily conserved gene, hereafter termed FER regardless of species. The human and rat FER genes encode a widely expressed 94-kilodalton protein-tyrosine kinase which is antigenically related to the fps/fes protein-tyrosine kinase. The structural and antigenic similarities between the FER and fps/fes proteins suggest that they are members of a new family of nonreceptor protein-tyrosine kinases.

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