CrkL, a cellular homologue of the v-crk oncogene, belongs to the family of adaptor proteins, containing SH2 and SH3 domains, but no catalytic domain. Stimulation of normal B-cells and B-cell lines through β1 integrin or - cell antigen receptor (BCR) promoted the association of CrkL with a set of 105-130 kD tyrosine phosphorylated substrates. The principal substrate is a recently identified molecule known as p105(HEF1) (HEF1), which is highly homologous to p130(Cas) (Cas), the major tyrosine-phosphorylated protein detected in fibroblasts after transformation by v-crk. Immunodepletion studies indicated that all the tyrosine phosphorylated HEF1 or Cas was complexed with CrkL. Furthermore, the guanine nucleotide exchange factor C3G, which is thought to be involved in the regulation of the ras pathway and constituvely binds to the C-terminal SH3 domain of CrkL, could be detected in HEF1 immunoprecipitates. Therefore, CrkL is involved in the formation of a HEF1-CrkL-C3G ternary complex in B-cells, suggesting that it is likely to play an important role, allowing the propagation of the stimulation initiated by both BCR and β1 integrin ligation.
- Antigen receptor signaling human B-cells
- B-cell antigen receptor
- Cas-like molecule
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research