Receptor specificity of the fibroblast growth factor family: The complete mammalian FGF family

Xiuqin Zhang, Omar A. Ibrahimi, Shaun K. Olsen, Hisashi Umemori, Moosa Mohammadi, David M. Ornitz

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In mammals, fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) are encoded by 22 genes. FGFs bind and activate alternatively spliced forms of four tyrosine kinase FGF receptors (FGFRs 1-4). The spatial and temporal expression patterns of FGFs and FGFRs and the ability of specific ligand-receptor pairs to actively signal are important factors regulating FGF activity in a variety of biological processes. FGF signaling activity is regulated by the binding specificity of ligands and receptors and is modulated by extrinsic cofactors such as heparan sulfate proteoglycans. In previous studies, we have engineered BaF3 cell lines to express the seven principal FGFRs and used these cell lines to determine the receptor binding specificity of FGFs 1-9 by using relative mitogenic activity as the readout. Here we have extended these semiquantitative studies to assess the receptor binding specificity of the remaining FGFs 10-23. This study completes the mitogenesis-based comparison of receptor specificity of the entire FGF family under standard conditions and should help in interpreting and predicting in vivo biological activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15694-15700
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 9 2006


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