Positive and negative regulation of FcepsilonRI-mediated signaling by the adaptor protein LAB/NTAL.

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Linker for activation of B cells (LAB, also called NTAL; a product of wbscr5 gene) is a newly identified transmembrane adaptor protein that is expressed in B cells, NK cells, and mast cells. Upon BCR activation, LAB is phosphorylated and interacts with Grb2. LAB is capable of rescuing thymocyte development in LAT-deficient mice. To study the in vivo function of LAB, LAB-deficient mice were generated. Although disruption of the Lab gene did not affect lymphocyte development, it caused mast cells to be hyperresponsive to stimulation via the FcepsilonRI, evidenced by enhanced Erk activation, calcium mobilization, degranulation, and cytokine production. These data suggested that LAB negatively regulates mast cell function. However, mast cells that lacked both linker for activation of T cells (LAT) and LAB proteins had a more severe block in FcepsilonRI-mediated signaling than LAT(-/-) mast cells, demonstrating that LAB also shares a redundant function with LAT to play a positive role in FcepsilonRI-mediated signaling.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhu, M; Liu, Y; Koonpaew, S; Granillo, O; Zhang, W

Published Date

  • October 18, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 200 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 991 - 1000

PubMed ID

  • 15477350

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2211849

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1084/jem.20041223


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States