Jon C. D. Houtman

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Multisite interactions and the formation of ternary or higher-order protein complexes are ubiquitous features of protein interactions. Cooperativity between different ligands is a hallmark for information transfer, and is frequently critical for the biological function. We describe a new computational platform for the global analysis of isothermal titration(More)
Receptor oligomerization is vital for activating intracellular signaling, in part by initiating events that recruit effector and adaptor proteins to sites of active signaling. Whether these distal molecules themselves oligomerize is not well appreciated. In this study, we examined the molecular interactions of the adaptor protein GRB2. In T cells, the SH2(More)
Activation of T cells via the stimulation of the TCR plays a central role in the adaptive immunological response. Although much is known about TCR-stimulated signaling pathways, there are still gaps in our knowledge about the kinetics and sequence of events during early activation and about the in vivo specificity of kinases involved in these proximal(More)
T-cell antigen receptor (TCR) engagement induces formation of multi-protein signalling complexes essential for regulating T-cell functions. Generation of a complex of SLP-76, Nck and VAV1 is crucial for regulation of the actin machinery. We define the composition, stoichiometry and specificity of interactions in the SLP-76, Nck and VAV1 complex. Our data(More)
Integrity of animal biomembranes is critical to preserve normal cellular functions and viability. Phosphatidylcholine, an indispensible membrane component, requires the enzyme CCTalpha for its biosynthesis. Nuclear expression of CCTalpha is needed for expansion of the nuclear membrane network, but mechanisms for CCTalpha nuclear import are unknown. Herein,(More)
The tyrosine kinase Pyk2 integrates receptor-mediated signals controlling actin cytoskeletal rearrangement, events needed for the activation and function of T cells. Induction of the T cell receptor (TCR) leads to the phosphorylation of Pyk2, but the timing of these events is controversial and not fully understood. In this study, the TCR-induced(More)
The generation of multiprotein complexes at receptors and adapter proteins is crucial for the activation of intracellular signaling pathways. In this study, we used multiple biochemical and biophysical methods to examine the binding properties of several SH2 and SH3 domain-containing signaling proteins as they interact with the adapter protein linker for(More)
The growth hormone receptor (GHR), a cytokine receptor superfamily member, requires the JAK2 tyrosine kinase for signaling. We now examine functional interactions between growth hormone (GH) and epidermal growth factor (EGF) in 3T3-F442A fibroblasts. Although EGF enhanced ErbB-2 tyrosine phosphorylation, GH, while causing retardation of its migration on(More)
The tyrosine kinase Pyk2 is vital for integrating receptor-mediated signals controlling adhesion and motility in neuronal, epithelial, and hematopoietic cell types. In T cells, the stimulation of the TCR and costimulatory, chemokine, cytokine, and integrin receptors leads to the phosphorylation of Pyk2 and the induction of its catalytic activity. However,(More)
Ion binding to secondary active transporters triggers a cascade of conformational rearrangements resulting in substrate translocation across cellular membranes. Despite the fundamental role of this step, direct measurements of binding to transporters are rare. We investigated ion binding and selectivity in CLC-ec1, a H+-Cl− exchanger of the CLC family of(More)