Site-Selective Regulation of Platelet-Derived Growth Factor β Receptor Tyrosine Phosphorylation by T-Cell Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase

Camilla Persson, Catrine Sävenhed, Annie Bourdeau, Michel L. Tremblay, Boyka Markova, Frank D. Böhmer, Fawaz Haj, Benjamin G. Neel, Ari Elson, Carl Henrik Heldin, Lars Rönnstrand, Arne Östman, Carina Hellberg

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The platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) β receptor mediates mitogenic and chemotactic signals. Like other tyrosine kinase receptors, the PDGF β receptor is negatively regulated by protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs). To explore whether T-cell PTP (TC-PTP) negatively regulates the PDGF β receptor, we compared PDGF β receptor tyrosine phosphorylation in wild-type and TC-PTP knockout (ko) mouse embryos. PDGF β receptors were hyperphosphorylated in TC-PTP ko embryos. Fivefold-higher ligand-induced receptor phosphorylation was observed in TC-PTP ko mouse embryo fibroblasts (MEFS) as well. Reexpression of TC-PTP partly abolished this difference. As determined with site-specific phosphotyrosine antibodies, the extent of hyperphosphorylation varied among different autophosphorylation sites. The phospholipase Cγ1 binding site Y1021, previously implicated in chemotaxis, displayed the largest increase in phosphorylation. The increase in Y1021 phosphorylation was accompanied by increased phospholipase Cγ1 activity and migratory hyperresponsiveness to PDGF. PDGF β receptor tyrosine phosphorylation in PTP-1B ko MEFs but not in PTPε ko MEFs was also higher than that in control cells. This increase occurred with a site distribution different from that seen after TC-PTP depletion. PDGF-induced migration was not increased in PTP-1B ko cells. In summary, our findings identify TC-PTP as a previously unrecognized negative regulator of PDGF β receptor signaling and support the general notion that PTPs display site selectivity in their action on tyrosine kinase receptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2190-2201
Number of pages12
JournalMolecular and Cellular Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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