Interaction of the unique N-terminal region of tyrosine kinase p56lck with cytoplasmic domains of CD4 and CD8 is mediated by cysteine motifs

Cell. 1990 Mar 9;60(5):755-65. doi: 10.1016/0092-8674(90)90090-2.


p56lck, a lymphocyte-specific member of the src family of cytoplasmic protein-tyrosine kinases, is associated noncovalently with the cell surface glycoproteins CD4 and CD8, which are expressed on functionally distinct subpopulations of T cells. Using transient coexpression of p56lck with CD4 or CD8 alpha in COS-7 cells, we show that the unique N-terminal region of p56lck binds to the membrane-proximal 10 and 28 cytoplasmic residues of CD8 alpha and CD4, respectively. Two cysteine residues in each of the critical sequences in CD4, CD8 alpha, and p56lck are required for association. Our results suggest a novel role for cysteine-mediated interactions between unrelated proteins and provide a model for the association of other src-like cytoplasmic kinases with transmembrane proteins.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Antigens, Differentiation, T-Lymphocyte*
  • CD4 Antigens*
  • CD8 Antigens
  • Cell Line
  • Cysteine
  • Lymphocyte Specific Protein Tyrosine Kinase p56(lck)
  • Lymphocytes / enzymology
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Kinases / metabolism
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / genetics*
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / metabolism
  • Transfection


  • Antigens, Differentiation, T-Lymphocyte
  • CD4 Antigens
  • CD8 Antigens
  • Protein Kinases
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Lymphocyte Specific Protein Tyrosine Kinase p56(lck)
  • Cysteine