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Eur J Immunol. 1992 Jan;22(1):45-9.

Regulation of D-3 phosphoinositides during T cell activation via the T cell antigen receptor/CD3 complex and CD2 antigens.

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Lymphocyte Activation Laboratory, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London.


An immediate consequence of T cell activation via the T cell receptor (TcR)/CD3 complex and CD2 antigen is the hydrolysis of phosphatidylinositol-(4,5)-bisphosphate and the generation of inositol-(1,4,5)-trisphosphate and diacylglycerol which then regulate intracellular calcium and protein kinase C. Changes in cellular levels of phosphoinositides phosphorylated on the D-4 and D-5 position during T cell activation have been well documented. Recently it has been proposed that phosphoinositides phosphorylated on the D-3 position of the inositol ring by a novel phosphoinositide (PI) 3 kinase may also be important in cell activation. In the present study we have examined the levels and regulation of D-3 phosphoinositides in T cells activated by the TcR/CD3 complex and CD2 antigens. The data show the existence of phosphatidylinositol-(3)-monophosphate [PtdIns(3)P], phosphatidylinositol-(3,4)-bisphosphate [PtdIns(3,4)P2] and phosphatidylinositol-(3,4,5)-trisphosphate [PtdIns(3,4,5)P3] in T cells. Activation of the TcR/CD3 complex or CD2 antigen results in modulation of PtdIns(3,4)P2 and a putative PtdIns(3,4,5)P3 in T cells but does not change levels of PtdIns(3)P. These data provide the first evidence that lipid products of a PI3 kinase exist in T cells.

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