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Nat Cell Biol. 2007 Jun;9(6):713-9. Epub 2007 May 7.

The lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1 receptor costimulates plasma membrane Ras via phospholipase D2.

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Department of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY 10016, USA.


Ras activation as a consequence of antigen receptor (T-cell receptor; TCR) engagement on T lymphocytes is required for T-cell development, selection and function. Lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1 (LFA-1) mediates lymphocyte adhesion, stabilization of the immune synapse and bidirectional signalling. Using a fluorescent biosensor we found that TCR activation with or without costimulation of CD28 led to activation of Ras only on the Golgi apparatus, whereas costimulation with LFA-1 induced Ras activation on both the Golgi and the plasma membrane. Ras activation on both compartments required RasGRP1, an exchange factor regulated by calcium and diacylglycerol (DAG), but phospholipase C (PLC) activity was required only for activation on the Golgi. Engagement of LFA-1 increased DAG levels at the plasma membrane by stimulating phospholipase D (PLD). PLD2 and phosphatidic acid phosphatase (PAP) were required for Ras activation on the plasma membrane. Thus, LFA-1 acts through PLD2 to reshape the pattern of Ras activation downstream of the TCR.

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