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-13 subunit in association with the pre-TCR-o-chain. Notably, in contrast to oJ13-expressing T cells, several studies suggested that the TCR--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 TCRζ 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 CD3e and TCRζ chains, as well as the phosphorylation and association of ZAP-70 and Syk with phosphorylated CD3e and TCRζ These results demonstrate that the pre-TCR complex is functionally coupled to the TCRζ 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
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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