Requirement for phosphatidylinositol transfer protein in epidermal growth factor signaling

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Science  26 May 1995:
Vol. 268, Issue 5214, pp. 1188-1190
DOI: 10.1126/science.7761838


Stimulation of phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) hydrolysis is a widespread mechanism for receptor-mediated signaling in eukaryotes. Cytosolic phosphatidylinositol transfer protein (PITP) is necessary for guanosine triphosphate (GTP)-dependent hydrolysis of PIP2 by phospholipase C-beta (PLC-beta), but the role of PITP is unclear. Stimulation of phospholipase C-gamma (PLC-gamma) in A431 human epidermoid carcinoma cells treated with epidermal growth factor (EGF) required PITP. Stimulation of PI-4 kinase in cells treated with EGF also required PITP. Coprecipitation studies revealed an EGF-dependent association of PITP with the EGF receptor, with PI-4 kinase, and with PLC-gamma.