CRKL binding to BCR-ABL and BCR-ABL transformation

Kathryn S. Kolibaba, Arun Bhat, Conor Heaney, Tsukasa Oda, Brian Druker

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The SH2-SH3 domain-containing adaptor protein CRKL is the predominant tyrosine phosphorylated protein in chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) neutrophils and BCR-ABL-expressing cell lines. The amino terminal CRKL SH3 domain binds directly to a proline-rich region in the C-terminus of BCR-ABL. BCR-ABL mutants with deletions of this region were constructed to assess biologic effects of eliminating the CRKL binding site. Yeast two-hybrid analysis and gel overlay assays show eradication of the direct interaction of CRKL with BCR-ABL in the proline deletion mutants. However, these BCR-ABL mutants transform myeloid cells to growth factor independence, and in these cells CRKL is tyrosine phosphorylated and associates with BCR-ABL. These findings suggest both direct and indirect interactions of CRKL with BCR-ABL. Thus, disruption of the direct interaction with BCR-ABL has not excluded a role for CRKL in BCR-ABL-mediated transformation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-126
Number of pages8
JournalLeukemia and Lymphoma
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1999



  • CRKL
  • Src homology domains
  • Tyrosine phosphorylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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Kolibaba, K. S., Bhat, A., Heaney, C., Oda, T., & Druker, B. (1999). CRKL binding to BCR-ABL and BCR-ABL transformation. Leukemia and Lymphoma, 33(1-2), 119-126.