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Immunity. 2002 Sep;17(3):303-15.

The spectrin-ankyrin skeleton controls CD45 surface display and interleukin-2 production.

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Department of Pathology, Yale University, 310 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06510, USA.


With T cell receptor stimulation, intracellular pools of CD45 and spectrin move to the surface. These processes are coupled. In both peripheral lymphocytes and Jurkat T cells, betaI spectrin and ankyrin associate with CD45. In Jurkat T cells, betaI spectrin peptides suppress surface recruitment of CD45 and CD3 and abrogate T cell activation. Other glycoproteins such as CD43 are not altered by the spectrin peptides. Spectrin's effects are mediated by ankyrin, which binds directly to the cytoplasmic domain of CD45 (K(d) = 4.3 +/- 3.0 nM). These data reveal a novel and unexpected contribution of the spectrin-ankyrin skeleton to the control of T lymphocyte function.

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