Jennifer M. Ashe

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Linker for activation of T cells (LAT) is an adaptor protein whose tyrosine phosphorylation is critical for transduction of the T cell receptor (TCR) signal. LAT phosphorylation is accomplished by the protein tyrosine kinase ZAP-70, but it is not at all clear how LAT (which is not associated with the TCR) encounters ZAP-70 (which is bound to the TCR). Here(More)
Development of immature CD4+ CD8+ thymocytes into functionally mature CD4+ and CD8+ T cells is driven by selection events that require signals transduced through the T cell antigen receptor (TCR). Transduction of TCR signals in the thymus involves tyrosine phosphorylation of the protein tyrosine kinase ZAP-70 by p56(lck) and results in induction of ZAP-70(More)
The fate of developing CD4+CD8+ thymocytes is determined by signals transduced through surface TCR complexes. Here, we report that cross-linking of TCR on CD4+ CD8+ thymocytes fails to activate ZAP70 protein tyrosine kinase and fails to initiate downstream signaling events, unless the TCR are coaggregated with surface coreceptor molecules. TCR signaling in(More)
As a result of interaction with epithelial cells in the thymic cortex, immature CD4(+)8(+) (double positive, DP) thymocytes express relatively few T cell receptors (TCRs) and contain diminished numbers of coreceptor-associated p56(lck) (lck) PTK molecules. As a result, TCR signal transduction in DP thymocytes is significantly impaired, despite its(More)
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