LAT-mediated signaling in CD4+CD25+ regulatory T cell development.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Engagement of the T cell receptor for antigen (TCR) induces formation of signaling complexes mediated through the transmembrane adaptor protein, the linker for activation of T cells (LAT). LAT plays an important role in T cell development, activation, and homeostasis. A knock-in mutation at Tyr136, which is the phospholipase C (PLC)-gamma1-binding site in LAT, leads to a severe autoimmune disease in mice. In this study, we show that CD4+CD25+ T reg cells that expressed Foxp3 transcription factor were nearly absent in both thymus and peripheral lymphoid organs of LAT(Y136F) mice. This defect was not a result of the autoimmune environment as LAT(Y136F) T reg cells also failed to develop in healthy LAT-/- mice that received mixed wild-type and LAT(Y136F) bone marrow cells. Moreover, adoptive transfer of normal CD4+CD25+ T reg cells protected neonatal LAT(Y136F) mice from developing this disease. These T reg cells effectively controlled expansion of CD4+ T cells in LAT(Y136F) mice likely via granzymes and/or TGF-beta-mediated suppression. Furthermore, ectopic expression of Foxp3 conferred a suppressive function in LAT(Y136F) T cells. Our data indicate that the LAT-PLC-gamma1 interaction plays a critical role in Foxp3 expression and the development of CD4+CD25+ T reg cells.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Koonpaew, S; Shen, S; Flowers, L; Zhang, W

Published Date

  • January 23, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 203 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 119 - 129

PubMed ID

  • 16380508

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2118069

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1084/jem.20050903


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States