Interactions between the Fyn SH3-domain and adaptor protein Cbp/PAG derived ligands, effects on kinase activity and affinity

FEBS J. 2008 Oct;275(19):4863-74. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-4658.2008.06626.x. Epub 2008 Aug 21.


Csk-binding protein/phosphoprotein associated with glycosphingolipid-enriched domains is a transmembrane adaptor protein primarily involved in negative regulation of T-cell activation by recruitment of C-terminal Src kinase (Csk), a protein tyrosine kinase which represses Src kinase activity through C-terminal phosphorylation. Recruitment of Csk occurs via SH2-domain binding to PAG pTyr317, thus, the interaction is highly dependent on phosphorylation performed by the Src family kinase Fyn, which docks onto PAG using a dual-domain binding mode involving both SH3- and SH2-domains of Fyn. In this study, we investigated Fyn SH3-domain binding to 14-mer peptide ligands derived from Cbp/PAG-enriched microdomains sequence using biochemical, biophysical and computational techniques. Interaction kinetics and dissociation constants for the various ligands were determined by SPR. The local structural impact of ligand association has been evaluated using CD, and molecular modelling has been employed to investigate details of the interactions. We show that data from these investigations correlate with functional effects of ligand binding, assessed experimentally by kinase assays using full-length PAG proteins as substrates. The presented data demonstrate a potential method for modulation of Src family kinase tyrosine phosphorylation through minor changes of the substrate SH3-interacting motif.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing / metabolism*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Circular Dichroism
  • Computer Simulation
  • Humans
  • Kinetics
  • Ligands
  • Membrane Proteins / metabolism*
  • Models, Molecular
  • Peptides / chemistry
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein Conformation
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-fyn / metabolism*
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance
  • T-Lymphocytes / metabolism
  • src Homology Domains / physiology*


  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing
  • Ligands
  • Membrane Proteins
  • PAG1 protein, human
  • Peptides
  • polyproline
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-fyn