The Cbl protooncogene product has emerged as a negative regulator of receptor and nonreceptor tyrosine kinases. We recently demonstrated that oneogenic Cbl mutants upregulate the endogenous tyrosine kinase signaling machinery when expressed in the NIH 3T3 cells, and identified the platelet- derived growth factor receptor-α (PDGFRα) as one of the tyrosine kinases targeted by these oncogenes. These findings suggested a role for the normal Cbl protein in negative regulation of the PDGFRα. However, the mechanism of such negative regulation remained to be determined. Here we show that overexpression of the wild-type Cbl enhances the ligand-induced ubiquitination of the PDGFRα. Concomitantly, the PDGFRα in Cbl- overexpressing cells undergoes a faster ligand-induced degradation compared with that in the control cells. These results identify a role for Cbl in the regulation of ligand-induced nbiquitination and degradation of receptor tyrosine kinases and suggest one potential mechanism for evolutionarily conserved negative regulatory influence of Cbl on tyrosine kinases.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 7 1998|
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