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Nat Immunol. 2001 May;2(5):403-9.

Constitutive pre-TCR signaling promotes differentiation through Ca2+ mobilization and activation of NF-kappaB and NFAT.

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Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Pre-T cell antigen receptor (pre-TCR) signaling plays a crucial role in the development of immature T cells. Although certain aspects of proximal pre-TCR signaling have been studied, the intermediate signal transducers and the distal transcription modulators have been poorly characterized. We report here a correlation between pre-TCR signaling and a biphasic rise in the cytosolic Ca2+ concentration. In addition, we show that constitutive pre-TCR signaling is associated with an increased rate of Ca2+ influx through store-operated plasma membrane Ca2+ channels. We show also that the biphasic nature of the observed pre-TCR-induced rise in cytosolic Ca2+ differentially modulates the activities of the transcription factors NF-kappaB and NFAT in developing T cells.

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