UNIT 14.7 Analyzing FAK and Pyk2 in Early Integrin Signaling Events

  1. Joie A. Bernard-Trifilo1,
  2. Ssang-Taek Lim1,
  3. Shihe Hou1,
  4. David D. Schlaepfer1,
  5. Dusko Ilic2

Published Online: 1 APR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0471143030.cb1407s30

Current Protocols in Cell Biology

Current Protocols in Cell Biology

How to Cite

Bernard-Trifilo, J. A., Lim, S.-T., Hou, S., Schlaepfer, D. D. and Ilic, D. 2006. Analyzing FAK and Pyk2 in Early Integrin Signaling Events. Current Protocols in Cell Biology. 30:14.7:14.7.1–14.7.35.

Author Information

  1. 1

    The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California

  2. 2

    Stem Life Line, Inc., San Carlos, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 APR 2006
  2. Published Print: MAR 2006


Integrins are a family of heterodimeric α/β transmembrane cell adhesion receptors that play important roles in the regulation of cell migration, proliferation, and survival. Integrins do not possess intrinsic catalytic activity, and signaling events are mediated by their lateral association with other cell surface receptors or clustering of their cytoplasmic domains with signaling proteins. Rapid activation of protein-tyrosine kinases is one of the first signaling events associated with integrin binding to the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin. The intracellular focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is recruited to sites of integrin clustering, and this unit describes the methods with which to analyze FAK phosphorylation, activity, and localization within fibroblasts. Additional methods on how to grow primary FAK+/+ and FAK−/− fibroblasts and measure integrin-stimulated cell motility are described as well as methods for evaluating the activity of the FAK-related kinase, Pyk2, which is expressed in FAK−/− cells.


  • FAK;
  • Pyk2;
  • Src;
  • tyrosine phosphorylation;
  • focal adhesions;
  • cell motility