Identification of Unc119 as a novel activator of Src-type tyrosine kinases

Osman Cen, Magdalena M. Gorska, Susan J. Stafford, Sanjiv Sur, Rafeul Alam

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Lyn, an Src-type tyrosine kinase, is associated with the interleukin (IL)-5 receptor in eosinophils. The mechanism of its activation is unknown. Through yeast two-hybrid screening we have cloned and characterized a new signaling molecule, Unc119, that associates with IL-5Rα and Src family tyrosine kinases. Unc119 induces the catalytic activity of these kinases through interaction with Src homology 2 and 3 domains. IL-5 stimulation of eosinophils increases Unc119 association with Lyn and induces its catalytic activity. Lyn is important for eosinophil survival. Eosinophils that are transduced with Unc119 have increased Lyn activity and demonstrate prolonged survival in the absence of IL-5. Inhibition of Unc119 down-regulates eosinophil survival. To our knowledge Unc119 is the first receptor-associated activator of Src family tyrosine kinases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8837-8845
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 7 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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