Discrete protein interactions with the Grb2/c-Cbl complex in SCF- and TPO-mediated myeloid cell proliferation

Maria F. Brizzi, Patrizia Dentelli, Luisa Lanfrancone, Arturo Rosso, Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, Luigi Pegoraro

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Hemopoietic cell proliferation is mediated by non-tyrosine and tyrosine kinases that signal via uncommon and common sets of downstream effector molecules including the Grb2/c-Cbl. In the present study we evaluated tyrosine phosphorylation of c-Cbl and the interaction of the Grb2/c-Cbl complex with signaling proteins upon activation of non-tyrosine (c-Mpl) and tyrosine kinase (c-Kit) receptors leading to myeloid cell proliferation. By using the growth factor dependent M-07e cell line, rye found that both c-Mpl and c-Kit ligands, namely: SCF and TPO, induce c-Cbl tyrosine phosphorylation. In these cells the constitutively binds through the N-terminal SH3 domain. In vitro experiments showed that the stable Grb2/c-Cbl complex interacts, through the Grb2 SH2 domain, with the SCF-activated c-Kit. By contrast stimulation with TPO leads to the formation of a Grb2 complex containing JAK2. In vitro and ill vivo experiments support the hypothesis that Grb2 mediates the association of c-Kit with c-Cbl. Moreover we found that, upon SCF stimulation, the Grb2/c-Cbl complex recruits Shc, probably via Grb2. By contrast the Ras exchanger factor (Sos1) was not detected in anti-c-Cbl immunoprecipitates suggesting that Grb2/Sos1 and Grb2/c-Cbl are present in different complexes. Taken together our results demonstrate that c-Cbl plays an important role in coupling both tyrosine and non-tyrosine kinase receptors to downstream effector molecules and that different signaling molecules interact with Grb2/c-Cbl complex when non-tyrosine or tyrosine kinase receptors are activated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2067-2076
Number of pages10
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • c-Cbl
  • Cell proliferation
  • Signal transduction
  • Stem cell factor
  • Thrombopoietin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology


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