The pre-T cell receptor (TCR) complex is functionally coupled to the TCR-ζ subunit

Nicolai S C Van Oers, Harald Von Boehmer, Arthur Weiss

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The pre-T cell receptor (TCR) complex regulates early T cell development and consists of a heterodimer of the TCR-β subunit in association with the pre-TCR-α chain. Notably, in contrast to α/β-expressing T cells, several studies suggested that the TCR-ζ chain is not stably associated with this pre-TCR complex. To examine the proximal signaling processes mediated by the pre-TCR complex and the role of the TCR-ζ chain in these processes, we stimulated pre-TCR-expressing cells and analyzed the interactions of the TCR/CD3 invariant chains with the Syk/ZAP-70 family of protein tyrosine kinases. Stimulation of the pre-TCR complex led to the tyrosine phosphorylation of the CD3∈ and TCR-ζ chains, as well as the phosphorylation and association of ZAP-70 and Syk with phosphorylated CD3∈ and TCR-ζ. These results demonstrate that the pre-TCR complex is functionally coupled to the TCR-ζ subunit and to the ZAP-70 and Syk protein tyrosine kinases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1585-1590
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Experimental Medicine
Volume182
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 1995

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T-Cell Antigen Receptor
ZAP-70 Protein-Tyrosine Kinase
Phosphorylation
T-Lymphocytes
Cell Communication
Tyrosine

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The pre-T cell receptor (TCR) complex is functionally coupled to the TCR-ζ subunit. / Van Oers, Nicolai S C; Von Boehmer, Harald; Weiss, Arthur.

In: Journal of Experimental Medicine, Vol. 182, No. 5, 01.11.1995, p. 1585-1590.

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