Molecular cloning of a membrane bound tyrosine-specific protein kinase from rat spleen

Rema, V. ; Swarup, G. (1990) Molecular cloning of a membrane bound tyrosine-specific protein kinase from rat spleen Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics, 27 (6). pp. 433-437. ISSN 0301-1208

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Tyrosine-specific protein phosphorylation is believed to play an important (though poorly understood) role in various cellular functions in many normal and malignant cells. In order to understand the function of tyrosine-specific protein kinases in normal cells, it is necessary, as an initial step, to identify genes (and proteins) for these enzymes. For this purpose cDNA libraries were constructed in plasmid vector pGEM-3Z and lambda gt11 using mRNA from rat spleen. From these cDNA libraries, cDNA clones coding for a src-related tyrosine-specific protein kinase were isolated. The largest clone (L115) was 1.94 kb in size. Various restriction fragments of this clone were subcloned in plasmid vector for sequencing. The complete nucleotide sequence of the largest clone showed an open reading frame coding for a protein of 503 amino acids. The presence of a glycine at position 2 and an arginine at position 7 indicated that this protein is likely to be acylated at glycine 2 and therefore associated with plasma membrane. This gene showed high homology to human and mouse hck and hence it is perhaps the rat homologue of hck. Moderate level of expression of this gene was observed only in the adult rat spleen and not in other tissues. These results suggest that this kinase gene is expressed in a tissue specific manner.

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