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Trends Biochem Sci. 1998 Feb;23(2):59-62.

Fibroblast growth factor receptors: lessons from the genes.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, UK.


The fibroblast growth factor receptors (FGFRs) are a family of transmembrane tyrosine kinases involved in signalling via interactions with the family of fibroblast growth factors (FGFs). Genetic findings have provided a way of dissecting these interactions. Mutations in three members of the FGFR family have been found in patients with birth defects involving craniosynostosis (premature fusion of the cranial sutures) or skeletal abnormalities. Analyses of the spectrum of mutations found predict that many of them will result in ligand-independent activation of the receptors. Amino acids have also been identified that are likely to be important in determining the specificity of FGFR-FGF interactions.

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