SYK is upstream of phosphoinositide 3-kinase in B cell receptor signaling Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures
  • Laboratories
  • Magnetics


  • We have recently demonstrated that the D3-phosphoinositide phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate (PtdIns-3,4,5-P(3)) is critical for producing sustained calcium signals through its role in promoting the function of TEC family tyrosine kinases such as Bruton's tyrosine kinase. Although PtdIns-3,4,5-P(3) can potentially be synthesized by any of several types of phosphoinositide 3-kinases (PI3Ks), B cell receptor (BCR)-induced PtdIns-3,4,5-P(3) production is thought to occur primarily through the activation of the class Ia (p85/p110) PI3Ks. This process has been proposed to be mediated by an interaction between the Src family kinase LYN and the p85 subunit of PI3K and/or through p85 membrane recruitment mediated by CBL and/or CD19. However, calcium signaling and other PI3K-dependent signals are relatively preserved in a LYN kinase-deficient B lymphocyte cell line, suggesting that an alternative pathway for PI3K activation exists. As SYK/ZAP70 kinases are upstream from many BCR-initiated signaling events, we directly analyzed SYK-dependent accumulation of both PtdIns-3,4,5-P(3) and PtdIns-3,4-P(2) in B cell receptor signaling using both dominant negative and genetic knockout approaches. Both methods indicate that SYK is upstream of, and necessary for, a significant portion of BCR-induced PtdIns-3,4, 5-P(3) production. Whereas CD19 does not appear to be involved in this SYK-dependent pathway, the SYK substrate CBL is likely involved as the dominant negative SYK markedly attenuates CBL tyrosine phosphorylation and completely blocks the BCR-dependent association of CBL with p85 PI3K.

publication date

  • November 12, 1999



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.274.46.32662

Additional Document Info

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  • 32662

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