Point mutation of an FGF receptor abolishes phosphatidylinositol turnover and Ca2+ flux but not mitogenesis

Nature. 1992 Aug 20;358(6388):678-81. doi: 10.1038/358678a0.


Stimulation of certain receptor tyrosine kinases results in the tyrosine phosphorylation and activation of phospholipase C gamma (PLC gamma), an enzyme that catalyses the hydrolysis of phosphatidylinositol (PtdIns). This hydrolysis generates diacylglycerol and free inositol phosphate, which in turn activate protein kinase C and increase intracellular Ca2+, respectively. PLC gamma physically associates with activated receptor tyrosine kinases, suggesting that it is a substrate for direct phosphorylation by these kinases. Here we report that a fibroblast growth factor (FGF) receptor with a single point mutation at residue 766 replacing tyrosine with phenylalanine fails to associate with PLC gamma in response to FGF. This mutant receptor also failed to mediate PtdIns hydrolysis and Ca2+ mobilization after FGF stimulation. However, the mutant receptor phosphorylated itself and several other cellular proteins, and it mediated mitogenesis in response to FGF. These findings show that a point mutation in the FGF receptor selectively eliminates activation of PLC gamma and that neither Ca2+ mobilization nor PtdIns hydrolysis are required for FGF-induced mitogenesis.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Calcium / metabolism*
  • Fibroblast Growth Factors / metabolism*
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Mitosis*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutagenesis, Site-Directed
  • Mutation
  • Oligodeoxyribonucleotides / chemistry
  • Peptides / chemistry
  • Peptides / metabolism
  • Phosphatidylinositols / metabolism*
  • Phosphorylation
  • Phosphotyrosine
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / metabolism
  • Rats
  • Receptors, Cell Surface / physiology*
  • Receptors, Fibroblast Growth Factor
  • Signal Transduction
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Transfection
  • Type C Phospholipases / metabolism
  • Tyrosine / analogs & derivatives
  • Tyrosine / metabolism


  • Oligodeoxyribonucleotides
  • Peptides
  • Phosphatidylinositols
  • Receptors, Cell Surface
  • Receptors, Fibroblast Growth Factor
  • Phosphotyrosine
  • Tyrosine
  • Fibroblast Growth Factors
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Type C Phospholipases
  • Calcium