The nuclear function of the c-Abl tyrosine kinase is not well understood. In order to identify nuclear substrates of Abl, we constructed a constitutively active and nuclear form of the protein. We found that active nuclear Abl efficiently phosphorylate c-Jun, a transcription factor not previously known to be tyrosine phosphorylated. After phosphorylation of c-Jun by Abl on Tyr170, both proteins interacted via the SH2 domain of Abl. Surprisingly, elevated levels of c-Jun activated nuclear Abl, resulting in activation of the JNK serine/threonine kinase. This phosphorylation circuit generates nuclear tyrosine phosphorylation and represents a reversal of previously known signalling models.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 17 2000|
- Nuclear tyrosine phosphorylation
- Phosphorylation circuit
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology