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FEBS Lett. 1997 Jan 2;400(1):11-4.

Tyrosine phosphorylation and Fcgamma receptor-mediated phagocytosis.

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Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Department of Cell Biology, Warsaw, Poland.


Phagocytosis of IgG-opsonized particulate material in hematopoietic cells is mediated by Fcgamma receptors (FcgammaRs). Interaction of the receptors with Fc domains of IgG triggers transduction of phagocytic signal in which a key role is played by phosphorylation of tyrosine residues of the receptors. These residues are arranged into a specific motif (immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif; ITAM) which is located either in the cytoplasmic part of FcgammaRIIA or in gamma chains associated with FcgammaRI and FcgammaRIIIA. The conserved tyrosine residues are phosphorylated by, and associate with, tyrosine kinases of Src and Syk families. Coordinated action of these components initiates numerous intracellular events leading finally to local rearrangement of the actin-based cytoskeleton and internalization of the particles.

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