Kinetics of tyrosine phosphorylation when IgE dimers bind to FC epsilon receptors on rat basophilic leukemia cells.

The Journal of biological chemistry

PubMedID: 7544786

Wofsy C, Kent UM, Mao SY, Metzger H, Goldstein B. Kinetics of tyrosine phosphorylation when IgE dimers bind to FC epsilon receptors on rat basophilic leukemia cells. J Biol Chem. 1995;270(35):20264-72.
Previously, we demonstrated that aggregates of the high affinity receptor for IgE (Fc epsilon RI), formed by the binding of chemically cross-linked oligomers of IgE, continue to signal early and late cellular responses long after the formation of new aggregates is blocked. In the present work, we explore quantitatively the relationship between aggregation of the receptors and one of the earliest biochemical changes this initiates. We compare the time course of aggregate formation, inferred from studies of the binding of dimers of IgE, and the time course of phosphorylation of tyrosines on receptor subunits when the receptors are aggregated. A simple model does not fit the data. It appears that aggregates formed late in the response are less effective signaling units than those formed initially. We propose new explanations for the persistence of the response and the unusual kinetics.