Identification and functional analysis of phosphorylated tyrosine residues within EphA2 receptor tyrosine kinase.

Fang WB, Brantley-Sieders DM, Hwang Y, Ham AJ, Chen J
J Biol Chem. 2008 283 (23): 16017-26

PMID: 18387945 · PMCID: PMC2414276 · DOI:10.1074/jbc.M709934200

EphA2 is a member of the Eph family of receptor tyrosine kinases. EphA2 mediates cell-cell communication and plays critical roles in a number of physiological and pathologic responses. We have previously shown that EphA2 is a key regulator of tumor angiogenesis and that tyrosine phosphorylation regulates EphA2 signaling. To understand the role of EphA2 phosphorylation, we have mapped phosphorylated tyrosines within the intracellular region of EphA2 by a combination of mass spectrometry analysis and phosphopeptide mapping using two-dimensional chromatography in conjunction with site-directed mutagenesis. The function of these phosphorylated tyrosine residues was assessed by mutational analysis using EphA2-null endothelial cells reconstituted with EphA2 tyrosine-to-phenylalanine or tyrosine-to-glutamic acid substitution mutants. Phosphorylated Tyr(587) and Tyr(593) bind to Vav2 and Vav3 guanine nucleotide exchange factors, whereas Tyr(P)(734) binds to the p85 regulatory subunit of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase. Mutations that uncouple EphA2 with Vav guanine nucleotide exchange factors or p85 are defective in Rac1 activation and cell migration. Finally, EphA2 mutations in the juxtamembrane region (Y587F, Y593F, Y587E/Y593E), kinase domain (Y734F), or SAM domain (Y929F) inhibited ephrin-A1-induced vascular assembly. In addition, EphA2-null endothelial cells reconstituted with these mutants were unable to incorporate into tumor vasculature, suggesting a critical role of these phosphorylation tyrosine residues in transducing EphA2 signaling in vascular endothelial cells during tumor angiogenesis.

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Amino Acid Substitution Animals Cell Movement Endothelial Cells Ephrin-A1 Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factors Mice Mice, Transgenic Mutation, Missense Neoplasm Invasiveness Neovascularization, Pathologic Neuropeptides Peptide Mapping Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases Phosphorylation Protein Binding Protein Structure, Tertiary Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-vav rac1 GTP-Binding Protein rac GTP-Binding Proteins Receptor, EphA2 Signal Transduction Tyrosine

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