Phosphorylation of pp62 and pp54 src-like proteins in a rat intestinal cell line in response to gastrin

P. Singh, S. Narayan, R. B. Adiga

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Intracellular mechanisms that mediate mitogenic effects of gastrin remain largely unknown. The present studies were designed to examine if protein tyrosine kinase (PTKs) mediate growth effects of gastrin on a rat intestinal epithelial cell line (IEC-6 cells). Gastrin (<10 nM) was mitogenic for IEC-6 cells. PTK activity of cell membranes was stimulated in response to 0.01- 10.0 nM and 0.05-10.0 μM gastrin in a double biphasic manner. Cells labeled with H332PO4 were stimulated with gastrin and cellular proteins immunoprecipitated with phosphotyrosine antibodies. Endogenous proteins were phosphorylated in a dose- (100% effective dose = 0.1-1.0 nM) and time- dependent manner; at >10 nM gastrin, the second peak of response was not measured in intact cells. Thus the growth and phosphorylation response of intact cells to gastrin was similar. Both high [dissociation constant (K(d)) = 1 nM] and low (K(d) = ~0.1 μM)-affinity gastrin binding sites are present on IEC-6 cells. The results of the present study suggest, that occupancy of both high- and low-affinity gastrin-binding sites can potentially activate membrane-associated PTKs. However, in intact cells, occupancy of low-affinity sites apparently attenuates kinase activity resulting in reduced protein phosphorylation. Eight protein bands [with relative molecular weight (M(r)) of 32-145 kDa] were tyrosine phosphorylated in intact cells in response to 0.1-1.0 nM gastrin, including two pp60 src-like proteins (with M(r) of 54 and 62 kDa). Thus the growth response pattern of a target cell to gastrin may depend on the stimulation of kinases and other factors (phosphatases?) that phosphorylate and/or dephosphorylate several proteins including c-src-like proteins in a dose-dependent manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)G235-G244
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Issue number2 30-2
StatePublished - 1994


  • IEC-6 cells
  • gastrin receptor
  • in vitro
  • mitogenic effects
  • tyrosine kinases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Physiology (medical)


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