The SAM domain inhibits EphA2 interactions in the plasma membrane

Deo R. Singh, Fozia Ahmed, Michael D. Paul, Manasee Gedam, Elena B. Pasquale, Kalina Hristova

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All members of the Eph receptor family of tyrosine kinases contain a SAM domain near the C terminus, which has been proposed to play a role in receptor homotypic interactions and/or interactions with binding partners. The SAM domain of EphA2 is known to be important for receptor function, but its contribution to EphA2 lateral interactions in the plasma membrane has not been determined. Here we use a FRET-based approach to directly measure the effect of the SAM domain on the stability of EphA2 dimers on the cell surface in the absence of ligand binding. We also investigate the functional consequences of EphA2 SAM domain deletion. Surprisingly, we find that the EphA2 SAM domain inhibits receptor dimerization and decreases EphA2 tyrosine phosphorylation. This role is dramatically different from the role of the SAM domain of the related EphA3 receptor, which we previously found to stabilize EphA3 dimers and increase EphA3 tyrosine phosphorylation in cells in the absence of ligand. Thus, the EphA2 SAM domain likely contributes to a unique mode of EphA2 interaction that leads to distinct signaling outputs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-38
Number of pages8
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Cell Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • EphA2
  • Interactions
  • Receptor tyrosine kinase
  • SAM domain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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