Tyrosine phosphorylation of human urokinase-type plasminogen activator.

FEBS letters (1991-04-09)
S Barlati, F Paracini, D Bellotti, G De Petro

Immunoblotting analysis of purified human urokinase plasminogen activator (u-PA), gives a positive signal when reacted with anti-phosphotyrosine monoclonal antibodies (MoAb anti-P-Tyr); competition with o-phospho-DL-tyrosine (P-Tyr) but not o-phospho-DL-threonine or serine (P-Treo, P-Ser) completely suppresses this signal. Either the 55 kDa u-PA form and the lower Mw form (33 kDa) derived from the 55 kDa u-PA are Tyr-phosphorylated also the u-PA secreted in the culture media of human fibrosarcoma cells (HT-1080) is phosphorylated in tyrosine as well as u-PA present in tissue extracts of tumors induced in nude mice by HT-1080 cells. These data show that urine purified human u-PA and u-PA produced by human fibrosarcoma cells, in vitro and in vivo, are phosphorylated in tyrosine; furthermore our data show that u-PA is the major Tyr-phosphorylated protein present in these human tumor cells.