Regulation of mRNA splicing and transport by the tyrosine kinase activity of src

Oncogene. 1999 Apr 22;18(16):2547-55. doi: 10.1038/sj.onc.1202598.


The regulation of transcription by signal transduction pathways is well documented. In addition, we have previously shown that src can regulate pre-mRNA processing. To investigate which functional domains of src are involved in the regulation of splicing and transport of Lymphotoxin alpha (LTalpha) transcripts, we have used src mutants in the catalytic, SH2 and SH3 domains in association with the Y527F or the E378G activating mutation. Our results establish that the regulation of pre-mRNA processing and transcription can occur independently of each other. The splicing and transport phenotypes require an intact tyrosine kinase domain and both are insensitive to the deletion of the SH3 domain. Therefore these phenotypes do not depend upon the recruitment through the SH3 domain of src of RNA binding proteins (Sam 68, hnRNP K). By contrast, deletions in the SH2 domain have no effect on splicing but either abolish or exacerbate the transport phenotype depending upon the activating mutation (Y527F or E378G). These divergent responses are associated with specific changes in the pattern of tyrosine phosphorylated proteins. Thus, the regulation of transcription, splicing and mRNA transport implicate different effector pathways of src. Furthermore, analysis of the transport phenotype reveals the interplay between the SH2 and catalytic domain of the protein.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • 3T3 Cells
  • Animals
  • Biological Transport
  • Catalytic Domain
  • Cell Nucleus / metabolism
  • Cytoplasm / metabolism
  • Lymphotoxin-alpha / biosynthesis*
  • Lymphotoxin-alpha / genetics
  • Mice
  • Mutation
  • Phosphorylation
  • Phosphotyrosine / analysis
  • RNA Splicing*
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism*
  • Sequence Deletion
  • src Homology Domains
  • src-Family Kinases / metabolism*


  • Lymphotoxin-alpha
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Phosphotyrosine
  • src-Family Kinases