An essential role for c-FLIP in the efficient development of mature T lymphocytes.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Apoptosis-related genes play important roles in thymocyte maturation. We show that cellular FLICE-like inhibitory protein (c-FLIP), a procaspase-8-like apoptotic regulator, plays an essential role in the efficient development of mature T lymphocytes. Mice conditionally lacking c-FLIP in T lymphocytes display severe defects in the development of mature T cells, as indicated by a dramatically reduced number of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in the spleen and lymph nodes of mutant mice. The impaired T lymphocyte maturation in c-FLIP conditional knockout mice occurs at the single-positive thymocyte stage and may be caused by enhanced apoptosis in vivo. Moreover, although c-FLIP has been implicated in T cell receptor signaling through nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB and Erk pathways, activation of NF-kappaB and Erk in c-FLIP-deficient thymocytes appears largely intact. Collectively, our data suggest that the primary role of c-FLIP in thymocyte maturation is to protect cells from apoptosis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhang, N; He, Y-W

Published Date

  • August 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 202 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 395 - 404

PubMed ID

  • 16043517

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2213074

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1084/jem.20050117


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States