Cross-linking of Fc gamma receptor I (Fc gamma RI) and receptor II (Fc gamma RII) on monocytic cells activates a signal transduction pathway common to both Fc receptors that involves the stimulation of p72 Syk protein tyrosine kinase

J Biol Chem. 1993 Nov 15;268(32):24442-8.


Stimulation of the human monocytic cell line THP-1 by cross-linking either Fc gamma receptor I (Fc gamma RI) or Fc gamma receptor II (Fc gamma RII) gave rise to the rapid phosphorylation of multiple intracellular proteins. The pattern of proteins that were phosphorylated appeared to be identical. Analysis of these proteins by specific immunoprecipitation indicated that stimulation through either receptor did indeed give rise to phosphorylation of the same set of proteins. These included: Fc gamma RII, phospholipase C (PLC) gamma 1, PLC gamma 2, Vav, GAP, and a protein that co-precipitated with the Fc gamma receptors and migrated with a molecular weight of about 70,000. Co-cross-linking an F(ab')2 anti-CD45 monoclonal antibody together with monoclonal antibodies to either of the Fc gamma receptors inhibited phosphorylation of all these proteins. Analysis of the tyrosine kinases in the cells revealed that both receptors stimulated the phosphorylation and activation of a kinase recognized by antibodies to Syk. Furthermore, the Syk kinase became associated with the Fc gamma RII following receptor cross-linking. These data indicate that although the two Fc gamma receptors have different cytoplasmic tails, they are coupled to the same signal transduction cascade that is regulated by CD45 and involves the activation of Syk.

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Linking Reagents
  • Enzyme Activation
  • Enzyme Precursors / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Leukocyte Common Antigens / metabolism
  • Monocytes / metabolism*
  • Phosphorylation
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / metabolism*
  • Receptors, IgG / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction*
  • Syk Kinase
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Tyrosine / metabolism


  • Cross-Linking Reagents
  • Enzyme Precursors
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Receptors, IgG
  • Tyrosine
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • SYK protein, human
  • Syk Kinase
  • Leukocyte Common Antigens