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J Immunol. 1991 Mar 15;146(6):1743-9.

Ligation of membrane Ig leads to calcium-mediated phosphorylation of the proto-oncogene product, Ets-1.

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Department of Pediatrics, National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Denver, CO 80206.

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  • J Immunol 1991 Sep 15;147(6):2068.


Recent studies have demonstrated that the nuclear protein, Ets-1, which is preferentially expressed in lymphocytes, binds to the long terminal repeat of Moloney murine sarcoma virus and HTLV-1 and regulates gene expression. The association of Ets-1 with DNA has been shown to be lost when the protein is phosphorylated. Thus, Ets-1 may regulate gene expression in lymphocytes and this activity may be determined by its phosphorylation state. To address the possibility that Ets-1 activity may be altered by membrane (m) Ig-mediated signal transduction, we analyzed the effect of mIgM and mIgD ligation on the phosphorylation state of Ets-1. Monoclonal anti-IgM or anti-IgD antibody stimulation of normal mouse B cells led to increased phosphorylation of Ets-1 within 2 min. This response was absolutely dependent on calcium mobilization and could be induced by elevation of intracellular free calcium using the calcium ionophore, ionomycin. Calcium release from intracellular stores was sufficient to mediate the phosphorylation of Ets-1. Treatment of resting B cells with IL-4, TGF beta-1, IFN-gamma, anti-class I, or anti-class II antibodies did not induce Ets-1 phosphorylation. In summary, calcium mobilization from intracellular stores after mIgM or mIgD ligation provides a necessary and sufficient signal for activation of Ets-1 phosphorylation. This phosphorylation event may act in the alteration of gene expression during B cell activation.

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