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The role of Tec family kinases in T cell development and function

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; University of Massachussets Medical School Department of Pathology; Program in Immunology and Virology



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Animals; CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes; CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes; Calcium Signaling; DNA-Binding Proteins; Humans; Mice; NFATC Transcription Factors; *Nuclear Proteins; Phospholipase C gamma; Protein-Tyrosine Kinases; Signal Transduction; Transcription Factors; Type C Phospholipases


Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences


Three members of the Tec family kinases, Itk, Rlk and Tec, have been implicated in signaling downstream of the T cell receptor (TCR). The activity of these kinases in T cells has been shown to be important for the full activation of phospholipase C-gamma1 (PLC-gamma1). Disruption of Tec family signaling in Itk-/- and Rlk-/-Itk-/- mice has multiple effects on T cell development, cytokine production and T-helper cell differentiation. Furthermore, mice possessing mutations in signaling molecules upstream of PLC-gamma1, such as Src homology 2 (SH2) domain-containing phosphoprotein of 76 kDa (SLP-76), linker for activation of T cells (LAT) and Vav1, or in members of the nuclear factor for activated T cells (NFAT) family of transcription factors, which are downstream of PLC-gamma1, have been found to have similar phenotypes to Tec family-deficient mice, emphasizing the importance of this pathway in regulating T cell activation, differentiation and homeostasis.

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Citation: Immunol Rev. 2003 Feb;191:119-38.

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Immunological reviews

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