Protein-protein interactions between SHEP and Cas proteins influence cellular signaling through tyrosine kinases, as well as integrin-mediated signaling, and may be linked to antiestrogen resistance. Data from past studies suggests that association between SHEP and Cas proteins is critical for these cellular effects. In this study, the interacting domains of each protein were co-expressed in bacteria and a soluble stable complex was purified. Deuterium exchange mass spectrometry was used to define regions that are buried when SHEP1 is in complex with Cas. The results reveal four segments in SHEP1 that are highly protected, including a region (residues 619-640) that contains a key residue, tyrosine 635, required for association with Cas. This region is predominately hydrophilic, yet remains protected from solvent in the complex. © 2005 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
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