Minimal requirement of tyrosine residues of linker for activation of T cells in TCR signaling and thymocyte development.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Linker for activation of T cells (LAT) is a membrane-associated adaptor protein that is phosphorylated on multiple tyrosines upon TCR cross-linking. Previous studies show that LAT is essential for TCR-mediated signaling and thymocyte development. In this study, we expressed a series of LAT Tyr to Phe mutants in LAT-deficient J.CaM2.5 cells and examined their tyrosine phosphorylation; association with Grb2, Gads, and phospholipase C (PLC)-gamma1; and function in T cell activation. Our results showed that the five membrane-distal tyrosines were phosphorylated upon T cell activation. Grb2, Gads, and PLC-gamma1 associated with LAT preferentially via different sets of tyrosine residues; however, they failed to interact with LAT mutants containing only one tyrosine. We also determined the minimal requirement of LAT tyrosine residues in T cell activation and thymocyte development. Our results showed that a minimum of three tyrosines is required for LAT to function in T cell activation and thymocyte development. LAT mutants that were capable of binding Grb2 and PLC-gamma1 could reconstitute T cell activation in LAT-deficient cells and thymocyte development in LAT-deficient mice.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhu, M; Janssen, E; Zhang, W

Published Date

  • January 1, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 170 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 325 - 333

PubMed ID

  • 12496416

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1767

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4049/jimmunol.170.1.325


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States