Structure and expression of lck transcripts in human lymphoid cells.

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Perlmutter RM, Marth JD, Lewis DB, Peet R, Ziegler SF, Wilson CB

Structure and expression of lck transcripts in human lymphoid cells.

J Cell Biochem. 1988 Oct;38(2):117-26.

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3265417 [ View in PubMed

The murine lck gene encodes a membrane-associated protein tyrosine kinase that has been implicated in lymphocyte oncogenesis. Here we report the structure of normal human lck transcripts and the pattern of expression of these transcripts in developing thymus and in peripheral T cell subsets. The human lck gene encodes a 509 amino acid polypeptide that is closely related to the murine lck-encoded protein throughout its length. Analysis of the deduced amino acid sequence of human p56lck demonstrates that an amino-terminal domain, widely divergent among the seven known src family members, has been conserved between murine and human p56lck, and thus probably includes sequences crucial to the lymphocyte-specific function of this molecule. Human lck transcripts were detected in CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, in partially purified B cells, and in Epstein-Barr virus-immortalized B cell lines, but not in monocytes, granulocytes, or in nonhematopoetic cell types. Human lck transcripts are readily detectable in fetal thymocytes at 70 days of gestation, but not at 57 days of gestation, indicating that lck expression appears coordinately with the appearance of lymphoid cells in the developing thymus. Thus lck gene expression is a marker for cells of the lymphocyte lineage in man. We conclude that the lck gene probably participates in a signal transduction pathway uniquely present in lymphoid cells.

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NameUniProt ID
Tyrosine-protein kinase LckP06239Details