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FEBS Lett. 1997 Jun 23;410(1):83-6.

The ErbB signaling network in embryogenesis and oncogenesis: signal diversification through combinatorial ligand-receptor interactions.

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Department of Molecular Cell Biology, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.


Ligand-induced activation of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTK) results in the initiation of diverse cellular pathways, including proliferation, differentiation and cell migration. The ErbB family of RTKs represents a model for signal diversification through the formation of homo- and heterodimeric receptor complexes. Each dimeric receptor complex will initiate a distinct signaling pathway by recruiting a different set of Src homology 2- (SH2-) containing effector proteins. Further complexity is added due to the existence of an oncogenic receptor that enhances and stabilizes dimerization but has no ligand (ErbB-2), and a receptor that can recruit novel SH-2-containing proteins, but is itself devoid of kinase activity (ErbB-3). The resulting signaling network has important implications for embryonic development and malignant transformation.

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