SLAP, a dimeric adapter protein, plays a functional role in T cell receptor signaling

J. Tang, S. Sawasdikosol, J. H. Chang, S. J. Burakoff

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Engagement of the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) leads to rapid activation of protein tyrosine kinases, which in turn phosphorylate downstream enzymes and adapter proteins. Some adapter proteins, such as SLP- 76, Vav, and LAT, positively regulate TCR-mediated signal transduction, whereas others, such as Cbl, play an inhibitory role. SLAP (Src-like adapter protein), an adapter protein containing a Src homology 3 and a Src homology 2 domain, was isolated from a yeast interacting screen by using N-terminal Cbl as bait. N-terminal Cbl interacts with SLAP in vivo and in vitro in a tyrosine phosphorylation-independent manner. We observed that SLAP is expressed in T cells, and upon TCR activation, SLAP interacts with ZAP-70, Syk, LAT, and TCRζ chain in Jurkat T cells. In transiently transfected COS-7 cells, SLAP forms separate complexes with ZAP-70, Syk, and LAT through its Src homology 2 domain. Overexpression of a C-terminal-truncated SLAP mutant down-regulates nuclear factor of activated T cells-AP1 activity. We have evidence that SLAP forms homodimers through its C-terminal region. Serial truncations and mutations in the C terminus of SLAP demonstrate that there is a correlation between the loss of dimerization and the inhibition of nuclear factor of activated T cells-AP1 activity. The in vivo association of SLAP with key signaling molecules and its inhibition oft cell activation suggests that SLAP plays an important role in TCR-mediated signal transduction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9775-9780
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number17
StatePublished - 17 Aug 1999
Externally publishedYes


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