Phosphatase Subfamily STS

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Phosphatase Classification: Fold HP: Superfamily HP: HP, branch1 family: Subfamily STS

STS is protein tyrosine phosphatase involved in T-cell receptor signaling by dephosphorylating the Syk and ZAP-70 kinases. STS is found throughout metazoa.


STS is found in most metazoa. Human has two STS: STS1 (TULA-2 or UBASH3B) and STS2 (TULA-1 or UBASH3A). STS1 is found in all vertebrates, while STS2 is not found in bony fish. C. elegans has five STS genes, but all of them lack UBA (ubiquitin-associated domain), 2H phosphoesterase, and SH3 domains. Interestingly, STS substrates, Syk and ZAP-70, both of which belong to SYK kinase family, are absent from C. elegans.


Most STS have four domains: UBA (ubiquitin-associated domain), 2H phosphoesterase [1], SH3 and HP2 phosphatase domain. The UBA, 2H and SH3 domains are absent from all nematode members (see technical notes).


Human STS1 and STS2 bind to the Cbl protein via their SH3 domains and interact with several membrane-associated signaling proteins [2]. In particular, STS regulates T Cell Receptor (TCR) signaling by acting on the Syk family kinases, Syk and ZAP-70. STS2 is predominantly in naive and mature T cells (white blood, spleen and small intestine, according to GTEx), whereas STS1 is expressed ubiquitously (according to GTEx, particularly abundant in cerebellum).

STS1 decreases tyrosine phosphorylation of Syk in vivo and in vitro [3, 4], and this is reversed by transfection of an inactive STS1 mutant. In addition, both STS1 and STS2 regulate kinase ZAP-70 activation [4].

Human STS1 can also dephosphorylate pTyr on EGFR [5] and is overexpressed in triple-negative breast cancer and promotes invasion and metastasis [6]. STS1 dephosphorylated the EGFR at multiple tyrosines, terminating its signalling and endocytosis [5]. STS1 and STS2 also dephosphorylate the receptor tyrosine kinases Kit and Flt3, and double knockout mice show greatly expanded hematopoiesis [7].

Drosophila STS (CG13604) was shown to have activity on phosphorylated ecdysteroids, the storage form of these molting hormones, and the C. elegans homolog T07F12.1 also had activity [8]. A silkworm homolog was also shown to have ecdysteroid phosphatase activity [9]. An Unclassified HP1-family yeast phosphatase, DET1 has been implicated in sterol trafficking [10], but it is not known if phosphatase activity is involved.

Technical notes

Nematodes lost UBA, 2H and SH3 domain

Loss of UBA, 2H and SH3 domain was seen in all C. elegans STS. NCBI Blast, interrogation of an internal orthology database, and Pfam profiling were used to show that all other nematode STS proteins also lack these domains.


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  2. Agrawal R, Carpino N, and Tsygankov A. TULA proteins regulate activity of the protein tyrosine kinase Syk. J Cell Biochem. 2008 Jun 1;104(3):953-64. DOI:10.1002/jcb.21678 | PubMed ID:18189269 | HubMed [STS_2]
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