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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1989 Sep 15;163(2):803-9.

Irreversible inhibition of v-src tyrosine kinase activity by herbimycin A and its abrogation by sulfhydryl compounds.

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Department of Antibiotics, National Institute of Health, Tokyo, Japan.


Herbimycin A, an antibiotic which reverses Rous sarcoma virus transformation, inhibited irreversibly the auto- and trans-phosphorylation activities of p60v-src in in vitro immune complex kinase assays. The addition of a sulfhydryl compound such as dithiothreitol, 2-mercaptoethanol, glutathione (reduced form) or cysteine abolished the ability of herbimycin A to inactivate p60v-src kinase as well as the ability to reverse transformed cell morphology, whereas the addition of oxidized glutathione, cystine or methionine showed no effect. The sulfhydryl alkylating reagent N-ethylmaleimide also, although less effectively, inactivated p60v-src kinase activity in vitro. These results suggest the likelihood that sulfhydryl groups of p60v-src are involved in the inactivation of v-src tyrosine kinase activity by herbimycin A.

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