Novel phospho-specific monoclonal antibodies reveal differential regulation of tyrosine phosphorylation within the immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif of the Fc receptor γ subunit leading to fine tuning of Syk activation.

Research paper by Yumi Y Yamashita, Toshiyuki T Yamashita

Indexed on: 21 Feb '21Published on: 21 Feb '21Published in: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications


The cytoplasmic region of the γ chain of the high-affinity receptor for IgE (FcεRI) contains a consensus sequence termed the immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM). Phosphorylation of the two tyrosine residues (N-terminal Y47 and C-terminal Y58) in the ITAM sequence is crucial for the recruitment and activation of Syk, a cytoplasmic tyrosine kinase with central signaling roles in mast cells. Using a reconstitution system in which individual tyrosine-to-phenylalanine substituted γ chains were expressed in γ-chain-deficient mast cells, we previously reported differential dephosphorylation of these tyrosines. Herein, we developed monoclonal antibodies highly specific to the phosphorylated Y47 and Y58 residues, which enables monitoring their phosphorylation under more physiological conditions. Using these antibodies, preferential dephosphorylation of Y58 following FcεRI stimulation was confirmed. Furthermore, Y58 is potentially more susceptible to phosphorylation than is Y47. Consistent with this, an in vitro kinase assay using these phospho-specific antibodies demonstrated that the Src family kinase Lyn, which is primarily responsible for ITAM phosphorylation, phosphorylates Y58 more efficiently than Y47. These results indicate that Y58 is more susceptible to dephosphorylation and phosphorylation than is Y47. Because a phosphate group on Y58 is more important for Syk binding than is a phosphate group on Y47, the preferential phosphorylation and dephosphorylation of Y58 may contribute to the fine tuning of Syk activity by promoting rapid recruitment and reducing excessive activation. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.