Selective activation of small GTPase RhoA by tyrosine kinase Etk through its pleckstrin homology domain.

Oekyung Kim, Jianbo Yang, Yun Qiu

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Abstract

Etk/Bmx is a member of the Btk family tyrosine kinase, which contains an N-terminal pleckstrin homology domain. Etk has been shown to play a pivotal role in the regulation of various cellular processes including differentiation, apoptosis, and cell motility. Here we present evidence that Etk is a modulator of the small GTPase RhoA. Etk and RhoA both are translocated to the plasma membrane and can form a complex upon serum stimulation in C2C12 cells. Etk interacts with RhoA but not other closely related small GTPases such as Cdc42 and Rac1, suggesting a specific modulation of RhoA by Etk. Our results demonstrate that Etk activates RhoA and enhances Rho-mediated stress fiber formation and transcription activity in a pleckstrin homology domain-dependent manner. Furthermore, Etk disrupts the interaction between RhoA and Rho-GDI (guanine nucleotide dissociation inhibitor) and promotes the membrane translocation of RhoA. Our data suggest that Etk plays an important role in regulation of RhoA-mediated signaling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30066-30071
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of biological chemistry
Volume277
Issue number33
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 16 2002

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