Expression of an N-terminally truncated form of human focal adhesion kinase in brain

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1993 Jan 15;190(1):140-7. doi: 10.1006/bbrc.1993.1022.


We have cloned a novel tyrosine kinase that is widely expressed in human tissues using degenerate oligonucleotide primers. The cDNA clone was subsequently found to be the human homologue of the recently cloned chicken focal adhesion associated kinase (pp125FAK). The homology between the chicken and human sequences is 95% at the amino acid level. By RT-PCR we have detected hFAK in human tonsillar T and B cells, several human lymphoid cell lines, a neuroblastoma cell line and HeLa cells. By Northern blot analysis we show that hFAK is expressed in all organs tested with the highest abundance in brain and the least in heart and skeletal muscle. An additional transcript of ca. 3.3 kb, encoding an N-terminally truncated form of hFAK, was observed only in brain.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Binding Sites
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Brain / enzymology*
  • Cell Adhesion Molecules / genetics*
  • Chickens
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA / genetics
  • Fetus
  • Focal Adhesion Kinase 1
  • Focal Adhesion Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Gene Library
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Oligodeoxyribonucleotides
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / genetics*
  • Receptor, Insulin
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • Cell Adhesion Molecules
  • Oligodeoxyribonucleotides
  • DNA
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Receptor, Insulin
  • Focal Adhesion Kinase 1
  • Focal Adhesion Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • PTK2 protein, human

Associated data

  • GENBANK/L05186
  • GENBANK/S55582
  • GENBANK/S64629
  • GENBANK/S64630
  • GENBANK/S64631
  • GENBANK/S64632
  • GENBANK/S64635
  • GENBANK/S64636
  • GENBANK/S64637
  • GENBANK/U07167