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J Biol Chem. 1996 Mar 1;271(9):4813-8.

HER4-mediated biological and biochemical properties in NIH 3T3 cells. Evidence for HER1-HER4 heterodimers.

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Molecular Immunology Department, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Seattle, Washington 98121, USA.


The EGF receptor family of tyrosine kinase growth factor receptors is expressed in a variety of cell types and has been implicated in the progression of certain human adenocarcinomas. The most recent addition to this family of receptors, HER4, was expressed in NIH 3T3 cells to determine its biological and biochemical characteristics. Cells expressing HER4 were responsive to heregulin beta2 as demonstrated by an increase in HER4 tyrosine phosphorylation and ability to form foci on a cell monolayer. HER4 exhibited in vitro kinase activity and was able to phosphorylate the regulatory subunit of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and SHC. Peptide competition studies identified tyrosine 1056 of HER4 as the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase binding site and tyrosines 1188 and 1242 as two potential SHC binding sites. Interestingly, transfection of HER4 into NIH 3T3 cells conferred responsiveness to EGF with respect to colony formation in soft agar. It was also found that in response to heregulin beta2, endogenous murine HER1 or transfected human HER1 became phosphorylated when HER4 was present. This demonstrates that HER1 and HER4 can exist in a heterodimer complex and likely activate each other by transphosphorylation.

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