Src-like adaptor protein (Slap) is a negative regulator of mitogenesis

Curr Biol. 1998 Aug 27;8(17):975-8. doi: 10.1016/s0960-9822(98)70400-2.


The Src-like adaptor protein (Slap) is a recently identified adaptor protein containing Src homology 3 (SH3) and SH2 domains. Slap is found in a wide range of cell types and was shown to interact with the Eck receptor tyrosine kinase in a yeast two-hybrid interaction screen [1]. Here, we found that Slap is expressed in NIH3T3 cells and could associate with the activated platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) receptor. Using mutated versions of the PDGF receptor and phosphopeptide competition experiments, we determined that Slap has the highest affinity for the Src-binding site of the PDGF receptor. Our inability to produce cell lines that stably expressed Slap suggested that Slap inhibited cell growth. We further investigated this issue by transiently expressing Slap by microinjection. Overexpression of Slap by this method inhibited DNA synthesis induced by PDGF and serum, whereas overexpression of the adaptor proteins Grb2 and Shc did not. Finally, microinjection of a Slap antibody into NIH3T3 cells that had been stimulated with suboptimal doses of growth factors potentiated the effects of the growth factors. These data suggest that, unlike other adaptor proteins, Slap is a negative regulator of signalling initiated by growth factors.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • 3T3 Cells
  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing*
  • Adaptor Proteins, Vesicular Transport*
  • Animals
  • Binding, Competitive
  • Cell Division*
  • DNA / biosynthesis
  • Fibroblasts / cytology
  • GRB2 Adaptor Protein
  • Mice
  • Mutation
  • Phosphorylation
  • Proteins / physiology
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins pp60(c-src) / genetics
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins pp60(c-src) / metabolism
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins pp60(c-src) / physiology*
  • Receptors, Platelet-Derived Growth Factor / genetics
  • Receptors, Platelet-Derived Growth Factor / metabolism*
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Shc Signaling Adaptor Proteins
  • Src Homology 2 Domain-Containing, Transforming Protein 1
  • Tyrosine / metabolism
  • src Homology Domains


  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing
  • Adaptor Proteins, Vesicular Transport
  • GRB2 Adaptor Protein
  • Grb2 protein, mouse
  • Proteins
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Shc Signaling Adaptor Proteins
  • Shc1 protein, mouse
  • Sla protein, mouse
  • Src Homology 2 Domain-Containing, Transforming Protein 1
  • Tyrosine
  • DNA
  • Receptors, Platelet-Derived Growth Factor
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins pp60(c-src)