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J Clin Invest. 1999 Jun;103(12):1737-43.

SLP-76 deficiency impairs signaling via the high-affinity IgE receptor in mast cells.

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Division of Immunology, Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.


SLP-76 is an adapter protein expressed in T cells and myeloid cells that is a substrate for ZAP-70 and Syk. SLP-76-deficient mice exhibit a profound block in T-cell development. We found that although SLP-76 is expressed in mouse mast cells, SLP-76(-/-) mice have normal numbers of mast cells in their skin and bronchi. SLP-76(-/-) mice are resistant to IgE-mediated passive anaphylaxis. SLP-76(-/-) mice sensitized with IgE anti-dinitrophenyl (DNP) and then challenged with DNP-HSA developed only mild and transient tachycardia, failed to increase their plasma histamine level, and all survived the antigen challenge. Bone marrow-derived mast cells (BMMCs) from SLP76(-/-) mice failed to release beta-hexosaminidase and to secrete IL-6 after FcepsilonRI cross-linking. Tyrosine phosphorylation of phospholipase C-gamma1 (but not of Syk) and calcium mobilization in response to IgE cross-linking were reduced in SLP-76-deficient BMMCs. These results suggest that SLP-76 plays an important role in FcepsilonRI-mediated signaling in mast cells.

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