The JNK (c-Jun N-terminal kinase) pathway is activated by diverse stresses and can have an effect on a number of different cellular processes. Protein–protein interactions are critical for efficient signalling from JNK to multiple targets; through a screen for interacting proteins, we identified a novel JNK-interacting protein, Sab (SH3BP5). Sab has previously been found to interact with the Src homology 3 domain of Bruton's tyrosine kinase; however, the interaction with JNK occurs through a mitogen-activated protein KIM (kinase interaction motif) in a region distinct from the Bruton's tyrosine kinase-binding domain. As with c-Jun, the presence of this KIM is essential for Sab to act as a JNK substrate. Interestingly, Sab is associated with the mitochondria and co-localizes with a portion of active JNK after stress treatment. The present study and previously reported work may suggest a possible role for Sab in targeting JNK to this subcellular compartment and/or mediating crosstalk between different signal-transduction pathways.

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