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Mol Cell Biol. 1998 Jul;18(7):3838-50.

Identification of major binding proteins and substrates for the SH2-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase SHP-1 in macrophages.

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Cancer Biology Program, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA.


The protein tyrosine phosphatase SHP-1 is a critical regulator of macrophage biology, but its detailed mechanism of action remains largely undefined. SHP-1 associates with a 130-kDa tyrosyl-phosphorylated species (P130) in macrophages, suggesting that P130 might be an SHP-1 regulator and/or substrate. Here we show that P130 consists of two transmembrane glycoproteins, which we identify as PIR-B/p91A and the signal-regulatory protein (SIRP) family member BIT. These proteins also form separate complexes with SHP-2. BIT, but not PIR-B, is in a complex with the colony-stimulating factor 1 receptor (CSF-1R), suggesting that BIT may direct SHP-1 to the CSF-1R. BIT and PIR-B bind preferentially to substrate-trapping mutants of SHP-1 and are hyperphosphorylated in macrophages from motheaten viable mice, which express catalytically impaired forms of SHP-1, indicating that these proteins are SHP-1 substrates. However, BIT and PIR-B are hypophosphorylated in motheaten macrophages, which completely lack SHP-1 expression. These data suggest a model in which SHP-1 dephosphorylates specific sites on BIT and PIR-B while protecting other sites from dephosphorylation via its SH2 domains. Finally, BIT and PIR-B associate with two tyrosyl phosphoproteins and a tyrosine kinase activity. Tyrosyl phosphorylation of these proteins and the level of the associated kinase activity are increased in the absence of SHP-1. Our data suggest that BIT and PIR-B recruit multiple signaling molecules to receptor complexes, where they are regulated by SHP-1 and/or SHP-2.

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