Cell growth & differentiation : the molecular biology journal of the American Association for Cancer Research

The product of the cellular crk gene consists primarily of SH2 and SH3 regions.

PMID 1329926


We have cloned and sequenced a complementary DNA encoding the cellular homologue of the transforming oncogene v-crk of avian sarcoma virus CT10. This complementary DNA contains an open reading frame of 915 base pairs that encodes a polypeptide of 305 amino acids. The first 205 amino acids of this c-Crk protein were identical to those of the CT10 encoded v-Crk protein, with the exception of 5 amino acids. Like v-Crk, this portion of c-Crk contained one each of the Src homology domains SH2, SH2', and SH3. The 100 carboxy-terminal amino acids of c-Crk protein, which are not coded for in the CT10 viral genome, contain another SH3 region. We found limited sequence homology between c-crk and the avian retrovirus genome, which explains recombination events in the transduction of this protooncogene. Using a polyclonal antiserum made against bacterially expressed v-crk, we identified a 35-kilodalton protein in normal chicken embryo fibroblasts and in all embryonic chicken tissues examined. This 35-kilodalton protein was indistinguishable from a polypeptide made by in vitro translation of c-crk complementary DNA.