Journal article

Gp130-mediated signal transduction in embryonic stem cells involves activation of Jak and Ras/mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways.

M Ernst, A Oates, AR Dunn

Journal of Biological Chemistry | Published : 1996


The leukemia inhibitory factor/interleukin 6 (LIF/IL6) family of cytokines promotes cell type-specific pleiotropic effects by engaging multimeric receptor complexes that share the common affinity converter/signal transducing subunit gp130. While the maintenance of embryonic stem (ES) cell self-renewal is an activity unique to this family of cytokines, the intracellular signaling events mediated by gp130 remain largely unknown. Here we show a rapid and transient increase in the specific activity of the Src-related kinase Hck as well as of the Janus kinases Jak1, Jak2, and Tyk2 following treatment of ES cells with LIF or a combination of IL6 plus a soluble form of the IL6 receptor. Within 2 mi..

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