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J Immunol. 1999 Dec 1;163(11):5753-7.

Cutting edge: SLP-76 cooperativity with FYB/FYN-T in the Up-regulation of TCR-driven IL-2 transcription requires SLP-76 binding to FYB at Tyr595 and Tyr651.

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Division of Tumor Immunology, Department of Cancer Immunology and AIDS, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


SLP-76 (Src homology (SH) 2-domain-containing leukocyte protein of 76 kDa) and FYB/SLAP (FYN-T-binding protein/SLP-76-associated protein) are two hemopoietic cell-specific adaptor proteins downstream of TCR-activated protein tyrosine kinases. SLP-76 has been implicated as an essential component in T cell signaling. FYB is selectively phosphorylated by FYN-T, providing a template for the recruitment of FYN-T and SLP-76 SH2 domains. Coexpression of FYN-T, FYB, and SLP-76 can synergistically up-regulate IL-2 production in T cells upon TCR ligation. In this report, we show that two tyrosines, Tyr595 and Tyr651, of FYB are major sites of phosphorylation by FYN-T and mediate binding to SLP-76 in Jurkat T cells. Furthermore, the synergistic up-regulation of IL-2 promoter activity in the FYN-T-FYB-SLP-76 pathway is contingent upon the interaction between FYB and SLP-76, but not the interaction between FYB and FYN-T. These observations define a pathway by which SLP-76 interacts with downstream components in the up-regulation of T cell cytokine production.

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