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Edmond Fischer
Edmond Fischer

Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry

efischer[at]uw.edu

Honors


1992 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, with fellow Biochemistry Professor Edwin Krebs

Research

This group has been mainly concerned with the regulation of cellular processes by protein phosphorylation, particularly tyrosine phosphorylation. Tyrosine phosphorylation has been implicated in cell growth, proliferation, differentiation and transformation initiated by tyrosine kinases of cellular or viral origin, or linked to hormones and growth factor receptors. Of major interest has been the structure and function of protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) required to catalyze the reverse reaction. Several members of this diverse family of enzymes have been isolated in homogeneous form from various tissues, cloned from various libraries and expressed in different cell types. They represent both transmembrane receptor forms and intracellular enzymes; they are homologous in terms of their catalytic domains but vary greatly in the structure and function of their non-catalytic segments. Special attention is being paid to a family of intracellular PTPs having two SH2 (src-homology 2 domains). Efforts are being made to determine their involvement in signal transduction, sytoskeletal reorganization and cell cycle regulation. Depending on the form of enzyme involved, PTP can act synergistically or antagonistically with the tyrosine kinases in either promoting or preventing neoplastic transformation.

Selected Publications

Purification and Characterization of a Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Containing SH2 Domains,” Z. Zhao, P. Bouchard, C.D. Diltz, S-H Shen and E.H. Fischer, J. Biol. Chem, 268, 2816 (1993).

“Suppression of v-fms-induced transformation by overexpression of a truncated T-cell protein tyrosine phosphatase,” Zander, N.F., Cool, D.E., Diltz, C.D., Rohrschneider, L.R., Krebs, E.G. and Fischer, E.H. Oncogene, 8, 1175 (1993).

“Multiple Forms of the Human Tyrosine Phosphatase RPTP alpha”, G. Daum, S. Regenass, J. Sap, J. Schlessinger and E.H. Fischer, J. Biol. Chem., 269, 10524 (1994).

“Phorbol ester-induced expression, phosphorylation and translocation of protein-tyrosine-phosphatase 1C in HL-60 cells,” Z. Zhao, S-H Shen and E.H. Fischer, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 91, 5007 (1994).

“Identification and Purification of a Chicken Brain Neuroglia-associated Protein,” F.F. Solca, D.I. Lurie, C.D. Diltz, R.S. Johnson, S. Kuman, E.W. Rubel and E.H. Fischer, J. Biol. Chem., 269, 27559 (1994).