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Eur J Immunol. 2001 Dec;31(12):3567-79.

Lck plays a critical role in Ca(2+) mobilization and CD28 costimulation in mature primary T cells.

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Department of Immunology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.


To investigate the signaling function of the Src-family protein tyrosine kinase Lck in mature T cells, we generated transgenic mice that expressed Lck in thymocytes but not in peripheral lymphocytes. We compared the phenotype and signaling capacity of Lck-deficient T cells with T cells from mice expressing a dominant inhibitory form of Lck and found that both mouse strains have diminished numbers of mature CD8(+) T cells and respond poorly to CD28 costimulation. However, while T cells that lack Lck fail to mobilize Ca(2+) after stimulation, those expressing the dominant negative protein do so normally. Our data demonstrate that Lck plays several unique roles in mature lymphocyte signaling.

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