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A single point mutation has pleiotropic effects on pp60v-src function.

By M J Welham and J A Wyke


The Rous sarcoma virus mutant tsLA29 encodes a pp60v-src molecule that is temperature sensitive for both tyrosine kinase activity and its ability to locate at the cell periphery. The defect in localization appears to be due to a perturbation in events following complex dissociation, since the mutant enzyme shows a rapidly reversible association with the cytoskeleton when shifted between permissive and restrictive temperatures. Although tsLA29 pp60v-src differs from the wild type at three amino acid residues, studies with chimeric proteins show that only one of the mutations, an alanine-for-proline substitution at residue 507, accounts for all the temperature-sensitive characteristics. Moreover, a single second site mutation, at residue 427, can restore the wild phenotype. Cells infected with a chimeric virus encoding only the alanine substitution at position 507 have a conspicuously fusiform morphology, suggesting that this mutation also has subtle effects on pp60v-src function that are apparently compensated for by the other mutations in native tsLA29

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1988
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:253272
Provided by: PubMed Central
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