Dev Neurobiol 2007 Nov;67(13):1789-801
Department of Biology, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.
At the vertebrate neuromuscular junction (NMJ), postsynaptic aggregation of muscle acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) depends on the activation of MuSK, a muscle-specific tyrosine kinase that is stimulated by neural agrin and regulated by muscle-intrinsic tyrosine kinases and phosphatases. We recently reported that Shp2, a tyrosine phosphatase containing src homology two domains, suppressed MuSK-dependent AChR clustering in cultured myotubes, but how this effect of Shp2 is controlled has remained unclear. In this study, biochemical assays showed that agrin-treatment of C2 mouse myotubes enhanced the tyrosine phosphorylation of signal regulatory protein alpha1 (SIRPalpha1), a known activator of Shp2, and promoted SIRPalpha1's interaction with Shp2. Read More