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Science. 1999 Apr 23;284(5414):638-41.

Requirement for Tec kinases Rlk and Itk in T cell receptor signaling and immunity.

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National Human Genome Research Institute, National Cancer Institute, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.

Abstract

T cell receptor (TCR) signaling requires activation of Zap-70 and Src family tyrosine kinases, but requirements for other tyrosine kinases are less clear. Combined deletion in mice of two Tec kinases, Rlk and Itk, caused marked defects in TCR responses including proliferation, cytokine production, and apoptosis in vitro and adaptive immune responses to Toxoplasma gondii in vivo. Molecular events immediately downstream from the TCR were intact in rlk-/-itk-/- cells, but intermediate events including inositol trisphosphate production, calcium mobilization, and mitogen-activated protein kinase activation were impaired, establishing Tec kinases as critical regulators of TCR signaling required for phospholipase C-gamma activation.

PMID:
10213685
DOI:
10.1126/science.284.5414.638
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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