Compartmentalization of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) in hepatic endosomes: association with the internalized epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor
Faure, R.; Gaulin, J.F.; Bourgoin, S.; Fortier, S.
Molecular cell biology research communications MCBRC 1(2): 132-139
A pool of MAPK was found in hepatic plasma membrane (PM) and endosomes (ENs). After injection of a single dose of EGF (10 microg/100 g body weight), MAPK was detected in EGF receptor (EGFR) immunoprecipitates prepared from ENs. MAPK was detected in a time-dependent manner in EGFR immunoprecipitates that was coincident with the progressive concentration of the EGFR. The EGFR-associated MAPK was also detected by using an anti-phospho-MAPK suggesting that it was active. MAPK was present in wheat-germ agglutinin (WGA) eluates prepared from ENs and was maximally tyrosine-phosphorylated at the time peak of EGFR internalization. MAPK therefore is compartmentalized in PM and ENs of rat liver. A fraction of the endosomal MAPK was found to be associated with the internalized EGFR complexes, suggesting that it plays a role in the control of the EGFR activity at this locus.