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J Biol Chem. 2000 Aug 11;275(32):24436-43.

Identification of a novel ligand-receptor pair constitutively activated by ras oncogenes.

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Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Department of Cell Biology, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37232, USA.


The Ras signaling pathway is thought to control the expression of a subset of yet to be defined genes that are crucial for cell growth and differentiation. Here we have identified by differential display a novel oncogenic Ras target, mob-5, encoding a 23-kDa cytokine-like secreted protein. Mob-5 expression could be induced by oncogenic Ha-ras and Ki-ras, but not by normal ras activation. Inhibitors of both Ha-Ras and mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase completely abolished the mob-5 expression in ras transformed cells, with concomitant loss of the transformation phenotype. Using an alkaline phosphatase-tagged Mob-5 as ligand, a putative Mob-5 receptor was identified on the cell surface of oncogenic ras transformed cells. Thus, the Mob-5/Mob-5 receptor may represent a novel putative autocrine loop coordinately activated by ras oncogenes.

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