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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1996 Mar 27;1311(1):45-52.

Association of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, via the SH2 domains of p85, with focal adhesion kinase in polyoma middle t-transformed fibroblasts.

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Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.


Focal adhesion kinase (FAK), a non-receptor protein tyrosine kinase, becomes activated and phosphorylated on tyrosine in cells transformed with v-src. By cytoimmunofluorescence a sub-fraction of the p85 subunit of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI 3-kinase) localized in focal adhesion plaques. We examined the possibility that FAK associates with PI 3-kinase. In fibroblasts transformed with polyoma middle t, PI 3-kinase activity co-immunoprecipitated with pp125FAK using two different antibodies against this protein. PP125FAK from middle t-transformed cells associated with a glutathione-S-transferase fusion protein containing the 85-kDa subunit of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase. Both of the SH2 domains and the SH3 domain of p85 also formed complexes with pp125FAK in vitro. Phosphopeptides that bind to the SH2 domains completely blocked the binding of full-length p85 to pp125FAK, while a peptide that binds to the SH3 domain was ineffective, indicating that the association between p85 and pp125FAK is mediated by the SH2 domains of p85.

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