Activation of the insulin-like growth factor type 1 receptor by deletion of amino acids 870-905

Exp Cell Res. 1998 Sep 15;243(2):326-33. doi: 10.1006/excr.1998.4167.


We have created a deletion mutant of the insulin-like growth factor type 1 receptor (IGF-1 R) which lacks the 36 amino acids (aa) immediately N-terminal to the transmembrane domain (Delta870-905 IGF-1 R). This region has been reported to have a negative effect on the transforming potential of an avian sarcoma virus gag-IGF-1 R fusion protein. We have sought to determine whether this region plays a similar role in the intact IGF-1 R. Analysis of the tyrosine kinase activity of the Delta870-905 IGF-1 R shows that the mutant receptor is autophosphorylated without IGF-1 stimulation, indicating that the tyrosine kinase domain is constitutively active. In addition, processing of the receptor is decreased, resulting in accumulation of a high molecular weight proreceptor containing both alpha and beta-subunits. A well-characterized substrate of the IGF-1 R, IRS-1, is constitutively phosphorylated by the Delta870-905 IGF-1 R and phosphoinositide (PI) 3-kinase activity, which is normally activated by the phosphorylation of IRS-1 following IGF-1 stimulation, is increased even in the absence of IGF-1. A second intracellular signal pathway normally activated by IGF-1, the MAP kinase pathway, showed no increase in activity in the absence of IGF-1. The Delta870-905 IGF-1 R promoted cell proliferation only in the presence of IGF-1. We conclude that this deletion increases the basal activity of the IGF-1 receptor tyrosine kinase and activates PI 3-kinase, but is unable to stimulate MAP kinase in the absence of ligand. These results confirm those seen in the gag-IGF-1 R fusion protein and indicate that aa 870-905 exert a negative effect on the tyrosine kinase domain of the beta-subunit of the IGF-1 R.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases / metabolism
  • Cell Line
  • Enzyme Activation
  • Insulin Receptor Substrate Proteins
  • Mice
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 1
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 3
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phosphoproteins / metabolism
  • Phosphotyrosine / metabolism
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / genetics
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / metabolism*
  • Receptor, IGF Type 1 / genetics
  • Receptor, IGF Type 1 / metabolism*
  • Sequence Deletion*


  • Insulin Receptor Substrate Proteins
  • Irs1 protein, mouse
  • Phosphoproteins
  • Phosphotyrosine
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
  • Receptor, IGF Type 1
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 1
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 3
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases