Signaling through a novel domain of gp130 mediates cell proliferation and activation of Hck and Erk kinases

M. Schaeffer, M. Schneiderbauer, S. Weidler, R. Tavares, M. Warmuth, G. De Vos, M. Hallek

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Interleukin-6 (IL-6) induces the activation of the Src family kinase Hck, which is associated with the IL-6 receptor β-chain, gp130. Here we describe the identification of an "acidic" domain comprising amino acids 771 to 811 of gp130 as a binding region for Hck, which mediates proliferative signaling. The deletion of this region of gp130 (i.e., in deletion mutant d771-811) resulted in a significant reduction of Hck kinase activity and cell proliferation upon stimulation of gp130 compared to wild-type gp130. In addition, d771-811 disrupted the growth factor-stimulated activation of Erk and the dephosphorylation of Pyk2. Based on these findings, we propose a novel, acidic domain of gp130, which is responsible for the activation of Hck, Erk, and Pyk2 and signals cell proliferation upon growth factor stimulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8068-8081
Number of pages14
JournalMolecular and cellular biology
Issue number23
StatePublished - Nov 22 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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