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A GPI-linked protein that interacts with Ret to form a candidate neurturin receptor.

Glial-cell-line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and neurturin (NTN) are two structurally related, potent survival factors for sympathetic, sensory and central nervous system neurons. GDNF mediates its actions through a multicomponent receptor system composed of a ligand-binding glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol (GPI)-linked protein (designated GDNFR-alpha) and the transmembrane protein tyrosine kinase Ret. In contrast, the mechanism by which the NTN signal is transmitted is not well understood. Here we describe the identification and tissue distribution of a GPI-linked protein (designated NTNR-alpha) that is structurally related to GDNFR-alpha. We further demonstrate that NTNR-alpha binds NTN (K[d] approximately 10 pM) but not GDNF with high affinity; that GDNFR-alpha binds to GDNF but not NTN with high affinity; and that cellular responses to NTN require the presence of NTNR-alpha. Finally, we show that NTN, in the presence of NTNR-alpha, induces tyrosine-phosphorylation of Ret, and that NTN, NTNR-alpha and Ret form a physical complex on the cell surface. These findings identify Ret and NTNR-alpha as signalling and ligand-binding components, respectively, of a receptor for NTN and define a novel family of receptors for neurotrophic and differentiation factors composed of a shared transmembrane protein tyrosine kinase and a ligand-specific GPI-linked protein.

Pubmed ID: 9192898

Authors

  • Klein RD
  • Sherman D
  • Ho WH
  • Stone D
  • Bennett GL
  • Moffat B
  • Vandlen R
  • Simmons L
  • Gu Q
  • Hongo JA
  • Devaux B
  • Poulsen K
  • Armanini M
  • Nozaki C
  • Asai N
  • Goddard A
  • Phillips H
  • Henderson CE
  • Takahashi M
  • Rosenthal A

Journal

Nature

Publication Data

June 12, 1997

Associated Grants

None

Mesh Terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Binding, Competitive
  • Cell Membrane
  • Cell Survival
  • Drosophila Proteins
  • Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
  • Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Receptors
  • Glycosylphosphatidylinositols
  • Humans
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Ligands
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Motor Neurons
  • Nerve Growth Factors
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Neurons
  • Neurturin
  • Phosphorylation
  • Phosphotyrosine
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-ret
  • Rats
  • Receptor Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Receptors, Cell Surface
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Signal Transduction