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Immunity. 1997 Jul;7(1):155-62.

Bcl-2 rescues T lymphopoiesis, but not B or NK cell development, in common gamma chain-deficient mice.

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Department of Pathology, Stanford University School of Medicine, California 94305, USA.


The common cytokine receptor gamma chain (gamma(c)) is an indispensable subunit for the formation of lymphoid-related cytokine receptors, including IL-7 and IL-15 receptors, that mediate nonredundant or critical signals for the differentiation of T and B cells and natural killer (NK) cells, respectively. We introduced the bcl-2 transgene driven by E mu or H-2K promoters into gamma(c)-deficient mice that lack all three lymphoid subclasses. The forced expression of Bcl-2 restored all stages of T lymphopoiesis, but not B or NK cell development, indicating that a primary function of gamma(c)-mediated signals in the T lineage might be to maintain cell survival. Therefore, the development of T, B, and NK cells may be influenced by distinct intracytoplasmic signaling cascades that are activated by coupling of gamma(c)-related receptors.

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