Itk is not essential for CD28 signaling in naive T cells
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Program in Immunology and Virology; Department of Pathology
Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences
Itk, a member of the Tec family of tyrosine kinases, is critical for TCR signaling, leading to the activation of phospholipase C gamma1. Early biochemical studies performed in tumor cell lines also implicated Itk in CD28 signaling. These data were complemented by functional studies on primary Itk-/- T cells that suggested a negative role for Itk in CD28 signaling. In this report, we describe a thorough analysis of CD28-mediated responses in T cells lacking Itk. Using purified naive CD4+ T cells from Itk-/- mice, we examine a range of responses dependent on CD28 costimulation. We also analyze Akt and glycogen synthase kinase-3beta phosphorylation in response to stimulation of CD28 alone. Overall, these experiments demonstrate that CD28 signaling, as well as CD28-mediated costimulation of TCR signaling, function efficiently in the absence of Itk. These findings indicate that Itk is not essential for CD28 signaling in primary naive CD4+ T cells.
J Immunol. 2005 Apr 15;174(8):4475-9.
Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950)
Li, Cheng-Rui Michael and Berg, Leslie J., "Itk is not essential for CD28 signaling in naive T cells" (2005). GSBS Student Publications. 678.