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Cancer Lett. 1996 Apr 19;102(1-2):65-71.

Association of inhibition of cell growth by O-phospho-L-tyrosine with decreased tyrosine phosphorylation.

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University of Maryland Cancer Center; Department of Pathology, Baltimore, 21201, USA.


We have previously demonstrated that O-phospho-L-tyrosine (P-Tyr), a substrate for a wide range of PTPases, inhibits the growth of human renal cell carcinoma and human breast cancer cell lines and suppresses EGF-mediated EGFR tyrosine phosphorylation. We now show that P-Tyr inhibited the growth of the human hepatoma cell line HEPG2, and src transformed NIH3T3 cells, but did not inhibit the growth of human ovarian carcinoma SKOV-3 cells. Addition of exogenous P-Tyr inhibited the insulin triggered insulin receptor (IR) tyrosine phosphorylation in the HEPG2 cell line and the tyrosine phosphorylation of a variety of cellular proteins in src-transformed NIH3T3 cells. P-Tyr did not inhibit the tyrosine phosphorylation of gp185 erbB-2 in P-Tyr resistant SKOV-3 cells. Thus, inhibition of cell growth by P-tyr was associated with decreased tyrosine phosphorylation of cellular proteins.

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