Cbl functions downstream of Src kinases in FcγRI signaling in primary human macrophages

Anat Erdreich-Epstein, Ming Liu, Anita M. Kant, Kayvon D. Izadi, Jan A. Nolta, Donald L. Durden

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Cbl is a cytosolic protein that is rapidly tyrosine phosphorylated in response to Fc receptor activation and binds to the adaptor proteins Grb2, CrkL, and Nck. A few reports describe Cbl interactions in primary human hematopoietic cells. We show evidence that Cbl participates in signaling initiated by FcγRI receptor cross-linking in human primary macrophages, and functions downstream of Src family kinases in this pathway. FcγRI stimulation in human macrophages was associated with rapid and transient tyrosine phosphorylation of the Cbl adaptor protein. Immunoprecipitated Cbl was complexed with several tyrosine phosphorylated proteins, the most prominent of which was a 38-kDa band identified as the CrkL adaptor protein. CrkL associated with tyrosine-phosphorylated Cbl and itself became tyrosine phosphorylated after FcγRI cross-linking. SLP-76, a recently cloned Grb2- associated protein, was strongly tyrosine phosphorylated after FcγRI stimulation and was associated with both Cbl and Grb2. Grb2 and Cbl binding to SLP-76 were inducible after FcγRI stimulation of the macrophages. Nck was inducibly bound to Cbl after FcγRI stimulation, whereas Grb2 was constitutively associated with it. Shc was also inducibly tyrosine phosphorylated and bound to Grb2 after FcγRI stimulation of the macrophages. PP1, a specific inhibitor of Src kinases, inhibited the FcγRI-induced respiratory burst, as well as the tyrosine phosphorylation of Cbl and its inducible association with CrkL. These results suggest a fundamental role for the tyrosine phosphorylation of Cbl, CrkL, SLP-76, and Shc and the association of Cbl with CrkL, SLP-76, and Nck in FcγRI signaling in human macrophages. Experiments performed with PP1, the specific Src kinase inhibitor, demonstrate the first evidence that Cbl and the Cbl-Crkl interaction are downstream targets for myeloid Src kinases required for the activation of myeloid NADPH oxidase activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-534
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Leukocyte Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptor protein
  • CrkL
  • Cross-linking
  • ITAM
  • Nck
  • SLP-76

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Cell Biology


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