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Nat Immunol. 2002 May;3(5):483-8. Epub 2002 Apr 1.

A critical role for the cytoplasmic tail of pTalpha in T lymphocyte development.

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

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  • Nat Immunol 2002 Jun;3(6):591.


Signals that emanate from the pre-T cell receptor (pre-TCR) regulate multiple processes required for the development of the alphabeta T cell lineage. In contrast to the gammadelta TCR, the pre-TCR localizes cell-autonomously to membrane rafts, where it appears to signal in a constitutive and ligand-independent manner. We addressed here the role played by structural features specific to the cytoplasmic domain of the pre-TCRalpha chain (pTalpha). More specifically, we examined a COOH-terminal proline-rich sequence that might play a role in signal transduction and a juxtamembrane cysteine residue that could be a target for palmitoylation, thus allowing spontaneous raft localization. Expression of pTalpha mutants in transgenic mice, retrovirally transduced T cell precursors and cell lines showed that the pTalpha cytoplasmic tail, in particular the proline-rich domain, plays a crucial role in pre-TCR signaling and T cell development. In contrast, the pTalpha juxtamembrane cysteine appeared to be dispensable for pre-TCR function.

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