The Friend spleen focus-forming virus envelope glycoprotein, gpSS, binds to the murine erythropoietin receptor (EPO-R) and triggers growth activation in the absence of BPO. Interleukin 3-dependent lymphoid cell lines that have been stably transfected with the EPO-R cDNA grow in the presence of EPO or interleukin 3. In these cells, the EPO-R is synthesized as a minor 62-kDa unglycosylated form and a major 64-kDa form carrying one high-mannose N-linked oli-gosaccharide. A fraction of the 64-kDa form is processed to a 66-kDa species with complex-type sugars. Very little of the EPO-R is expressed on the cell surface and all three forms of EPO-R are degraded rapidly. Cells transfected with both EPO-R and gp55 cDNAs grow in the absence of EPO. Most of the EPO-R associated with gp55 is endoglycosidase H-sensitive, suggesting that the interactions between these proteins occur in the endoplasmic reticulum. Furthermore, the endoglycosidase H-sensitive EPO-R is more stable than in the absence of gp55, a result suggesting that interaction of gpSS with the EPO-R causes it to remain within the rough endoplasmic reticulum. It is possible that gp55 EPO-R complexes within this compartment send a growth-promoting signal to the cell.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|
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