Identification of tyrosine phosphorylated adhesion proteins in human cancer cells

Michael S. Kinch, Katherine E. Kilpatrick, Cuiling Zhong

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Tyrosine phosphorylation is a form of signal transduction that regulates cell growth, differentiation, migration, and survival. This knowledge has promoted much interest in the role of tyrosine kinases and phosphatases in regulating cell behavior during development and tumorigenesis. However, it is generally less well appreciated that tyrosine phosphorylated proteins are enriched within sites of cell adhesion, particularly in transformed cells. To identify these, we developed a panel of monoclonal antibodies specific for tyrosine phosphorylated proteins in breast cancer cells, using extensive modifications of existing technologies for immunization, somatic fusion, and antibody screening. Mice were immunized with a complex mixture of phosphotyrosine containing proteins using the newly developed RIMMS method. By increasing the sensitivity of antigen recognition, we isolated reagents specific for a wide diversity of tyrosine phosphorylated adhesion proteins in breast cancer cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-235
Number of pages9
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998


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