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See detailDeterminants governing the potency of STAT3 activation via the individual STAT3-recruiting motifs of gp130.
Lehmann, Ute; Sommer, Ulrike; Smyczek, Tanya et al

in Cellular Signalling (2006), 18(1), 40-9

In recent years, the elucidation of the structures of many signalling molecules has allowed new insights into the molecular mechanisms that govern signal transduction events. In the field of cytokine ... [more ▼]

In recent years, the elucidation of the structures of many signalling molecules has allowed new insights into the molecular mechanisms that govern signal transduction events. In the field of cytokine signalling, the solved structures of cytokine/receptor complexes and of key components involved in signal transduction such as STAT factors or the tyrosine phosphatase SHP2 have broadened our understanding of the molecular basis of the signalling events and provided key information for the rational design of therapeutic approaches to modulate or block cytokine signal transduction. Unfortunately, no structural data on the intracellular parts of cytokine receptors are available. The exact molecular mechanism underlying one of the first steps in signal transduction, namely the recruitment of signalling components to the cytoplasmic parts of cytokine receptors, remains elusive. Here we investigated possible mechanisms underlying the different potency of the STAT3-activating motifs of gp130 after IL-6 stimulation. Our data indicate that the extent of STAT3 activation by the different receptor motifs is not influenced by structural features such as contacts between the two gp130 chains. In addition, the proximity of the negatively regulating motif around tyrosine Y759 to the different STAT3-recruiting motifs does not seem to be responsible for their differential capacity to activate STAT3. However, the potency of a specific motif to activate STAT3 directly reflects the affinity for the binding of STAT3 to this motif. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms of SOCS3 phosphorylation upon interleukin-6 stimulation. Contributions of Src- and receptor-tyrosine kinases.
Sommer, Ulrike; Schmid, Christine; Sobota, Radoslaw M. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2005), 280(36), 31478-88

The suppressors of cytokine signaling (SOCS) are negative feedback inhibitors of cytokine signal transduction. SOCS3 is a key negative regulator of interleuking-6 (IL-6) signal transduction. Furthermore ... [more ▼]

The suppressors of cytokine signaling (SOCS) are negative feedback inhibitors of cytokine signal transduction. SOCS3 is a key negative regulator of interleuking-6 (IL-6) signal transduction. Furthermore, SOCS3 was shown to be phosphorylated upon treatment of cells with IL-2, and this has been reported to regulate its function and half-life. We set out to investigate whether SOCS3 phosphorylation may play a role in IL-6 signaling. Tyrosine-phosphorylated SOCS3 was detected upon treatment of mouse embryonic fibroblasts with IL-6. Interestingly, the observed SOCS3 phosphorylation does not require SOCS3 recruitment to phosphotyrosine (Tyr(P)) 759 of gp130, and the kinetics of SOCS3 phosphorylation do not match the activation kinetics of the Janus kinases. This suggests that other kinases may be involved in SOCS3 phosphorylation. Using Src and Janus kinase inhibitors as well as Src kinase-deficient mouse embryonic fibroblasts, we provide evidence that Src kinases, which we found to be constitutively active in these cells, are involved in the phosphorylation of IL-6-induced SOCS3. In addition, we found that receptor-tyrosine kinases such as platelet-derived growth factor receptor or epidermal growth factor receptor can very potently phosphorylate IL-6-induced SOCS3. Taken together, these results suggest that SOCS3 phosphorylation is not a JAK-mediated phenomenon but is dependent on the activity of other kinases such as Src kinases or receptor-tyrosine kinases, which can either be constitutively active or activated by an additional stimulus. [less ▲]

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