Critical Role for Hematopoietic Cell Kinase (Hck)-mediated Phosphorylation of Gab1 and Gab2 Docking Proteins in Interleukin 6-induced Proliferation and Survival of Multiple Myeloma Cells.

Podar K, Mostoslavsky G, Sattler M, Tai YT, Hayashi T, Catley LP, Hideshima T, Mulligan RC, Chauhan D and Anderson KC.
Source: J Biol Chem
Publication Date: (2004)
Issue: 279(20): 21658-21665
Research Area:
Cancer Research/Cell Biology
Cells used in publication:
Species: human
Tissue Origin: blood
Cells of the human multiple myeloma cell line MM.1S were nucleofected with either wild-type Src or kinase-inactive Src.
Interleukin-6 (LI-6) is a known growth and survival factor in multiple myeloma via activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase signaling cascade. In this report we show that Grb2-associated binder (Gab) family adapter proteins Gab1 and Gab2 are expressed by multiple myeloma cells; and that interleukin-6 induces their tyrosine phosphorylation and association with downstream signaling molecules. We further demonstrate that these events are Src family tyrosine kinase-dependent and specifically identify the role of hematopoietic cell kinase (Hck) as a new Gab family adapter protein kinase. Conversely, inhibition of Src family tyrosine kinases by the pyrazolopyrimidine PP2, as in kinase-inactive Hck mutants, significantly reduces IL-6-triggered activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase and AKT-1, leading to significant reduction of multiple myeloma cell proliferation and survival. Taken together, these results delineate a key role for Hck-mediated phosphorylation of Gab1 and Gab2 docking proteins in IL-6-induced proliferation and survival of multiple myeloma cells and identify tyrosine kinases and downstream adapter proteins as potential new therapeutic targets in multiple myeloma.