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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2014 Feb;1838(2):546-56. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamem.2013.05.004. Epub 2013 May 14.

T cell antigen receptor activation and actin cytoskeleton remodeling.

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Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, NY 10016, USA.
Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, NY 10016, USA. Electronic address:


T cells constitute a crucial arm of the adaptive immune system and their optimal function is required for a healthy immune response. After the initial step of T cell-receptor (TCR) triggering by antigenic peptide complexes on antigen presenting cell (APC), the T cell exhibits extensive cytoskeletal remodeling. This cytoskeletal remodeling leads to the formation of an "immunological synapse" [1] characterized by regulated clustering, segregation and movement of receptors at the interface. Synapse formation regulates T cell activation and response to antigenic peptides and proceeds via feedback between actin cytoskeleton and TCR signaling. Actin polymerization participates in various events during the synapse formation, maturation, and eventually its disassembly. There is increasing knowledge about the actin effectors that couple TCR activation to actin rearrangements [2,3], and how defects in these effectors translate into impairment of T cell activation. In this review we aim to summarize and integrate parts of what is currently known about this feedback process. In addition, in light of recent advancements in our understanding of TCR triggering and translocation at the synapse, we speculate on the organizational and functional diversity of microfilament architecture in the T cell. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Reciprocal influences between cell cytoskeleton and membrane channels, receptors and transporters. Guest Editor: Jean Claude Hervé.


Actin; Activation; Cytoskeleton; Lymphocytes; Myosin

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