The Philadelphia chromosome (Ph1), detected in virtually all cases of chronic myelogenous leukemia, is formed by a reciprocal translocation between chromosomes 9 and 22 that fuses BCR encoded sequences upstream of exon 2 of c-ABL. This oncogene produces a fusion protein (p210(BCR/ABL)) in which the ABL tyrosine kinase activity is elevated. This elevated kinase activity is essential for transformation, but the mechanisms involved are unknown. We report here that p21(ras) GTPase activating protein (rasGAP) or rasGAP- associated proteins p190 and p62 are phosphorylated on tyrosine in Ph1 (+) cell lines. Further, rasGAP coimmunoprecipitates with p210(BCR/ABL) in these cell lines. These results suggest that rasGAP or associated proteins are potential substrates for p210(BCR/ABL) kinase and thus directly link p210(BCR/ABL) with a signal transduction pathway known to be activated by hematopoietic growth factors (p21(ras)).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology