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Phosphorylation and activation of the DNA binding activity of purified Stat1 by the Janus protein-tyrosine kinases and the epidermal growth factor receptor.

The activation of Janus protein-tyrosine kinases (Jaks) and the subsequent phosphorylation and activation of latent signal transducers and activators of transcription (Stats) are common elements in signal transduction through the cytokine receptor superfamily. To assess the role and specificity of Jaks in Stat activation, we have utilized baculovirus expression systems to produce Stat1 and the Jaks. Co-expression of Stat1 with Tyk2, Jak1, or Jak2 resulted in the specific tyrosine phosphorylation of Stat1 at Tyr701, the residue phosphorylated in mammalian cells stimulated with interferon gamma. Alternatively, Stat1, purified to apparent homogeneity from insect cell extracts, was phosphorylated at Tyr701 in Jak immune complex kinase reactions. Phosphorylation of purified Stat1 was necessary and sufficient for the acquisition of DNA binding activity. The specificity in both systems was indicated by the inability of a Jak2 catalytically inactive mutant (Jak2-Glu882) or the Tec protein-tyrosine kinase to phosphorylate Stat1. However, immune complex-purified epidermal growth factor receptor was capable of phosphorylating purified Stat1 at Tyr701 and activating its DNA binding activity in in vitro reactions.

Pubmed ID: 7657660


  • Quelle FW
  • Thierfelder W
  • Witthuhn BA
  • Tang B
  • Cohen S
  • Ihle JN


The Journal of biological chemistry

Publication Data

September 1, 1995

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: P01 HL53749
  • Agency: NCI NIH HHS, Id: P30 CA21765
  • Agency: NIDDK NIH HHS, Id: R01 DK/HL42932

Mesh Terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Blotting, Western
  • Cell Line
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Humans
  • Janus Kinase 1
  • Janus Kinase 2
  • Mammals
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Peptide Mapping
  • Phosphopeptides
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Biosynthesis
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Receptor, Epidermal Growth Factor
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • STAT1 Transcription Factor
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Sheep
  • Spodoptera
  • TYK2 Kinase
  • Trans-Activators
  • Transfection
  • Tyrosine