Activates the JUN N-terminal pathway. Required for serum-stimulated cell proliferation and for mitogen and cytokine activation of MAPK14 (p38), MAPK3 (ERK) and MAPK8 (JNK1). Plays a role in mitogen-stimulated phosphorylation and activation of BRAF, but does not phosphorylate BRAF directly. Influences microtubule organization during the cell cycle.
Expressed in a wide variety of normal and neoplastic tissues including fetal lung, liver, heart and kidney, and adult lung, liver, heart, kidney, placenta, skeletal muscle, pancreas and brain.
Belongs to the protein kinase superfamily. STE Ser/Thr protein kinase family. MAP kinase kinase kinase subfamily. Contains 1 protein kinase domain. Contains 1 SH3 domain.
Autophosphorylation on serine and threonine residues within the activation loop plays a role in enzyme activation. Thr-277 is likely to be the main autophosphorylation site. Phosphorylation of Ser-555 and Ser-556 is induced by CDC42.
Cytoplasm > cytoskeleton > centrosome. Location is cell cycle dependent.