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In vitro and in vivo macrophage function can occur independently of SLP-76.

Expression of SH2 domain-containing leukocyte-specific phosphoprotein of 76 kDa (SLP-76), a hematopoietic cell-specific adapter protein, is required to couple Syk family tyrosine kinase activation to downstream mediators such as phospholipase C (PLC)-gamma following TCR, platelet collagen receptor and mast cell Fc epsilon R stimulation. In addition to T cells, mast cells and platelets, SLP-76 is expressed in monocytes and macrophages. To determine the role of SLP-76 in Fc gamma R-stimulated signaling pathways in macrophages, we examined cultured bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMM) from SLP-76(-/-) and wild-type mice. In this study, we show that Fc gamma R cross-linking rapidly induces tyrosine phosphorylation of SLP-76 in wild-type BMM. Surprisingly, however, BMM from SLP-76(-/-) mice activate ERK2 and phosphorylate PLC-gamma 2 following Fc gamma R ligation. Furthermore, SLP-76(-/-) BMM display normal Fc gamma R-dependent phagocytic function and reactive oxygen intermediate production. SLP-76(-/-) and SLP-76(+/+) BMM secrete comparable levels of IL-12 in response to lipopolysaccharide and IFN-gamma. To examine macrophage function in vivo, SLP-76(-/-) mice were challenged i.v. with Listeria monocytogenes. SLP-76(-/-) mice survive and efficiently contain the acute phase of infection similar to wild-type mice but exhibit a stable chronic infection attributed to the lack of mature T cells. These data show that, although SLP-76 is required to couple Syk family PTK activity to downstream mediators and effector functions in Fc gamma R-induced pathways in some cell types, activation of Fc gamma R-dependent pathways occurs independently of SLP-76 in BM[1]


  1. In vitro and in vivo macrophage function can occur independently of SLP-76. Myung, P.S., Clements, J.L., White, D.W., Malik, Z.A., Cowdery, J.S., Allen, L.H., Harty, J.T., Kusner, D.J., Koretzky, G.A. Int. Immunol. (2000) [Pubmed]
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