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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

A common E2F-1 and p73 pathway mediates cell death induced by TCR activation.

Strong stimulation of the T-cell receptor (TCR) on cycling peripheral T cells causes their apoptosis by a process called TCR-activation-induced cell death (TCR-AICD). TCR-AICD occurs from a late G1 phase cell-cycle check point independently of the 'tumour suppressor' protein p53. Disruption of the gene for the E2F-1 transcription factor, an inducer of apoptosis, causes significant increases in T-cell number and splenomegaly. Here we show that T cells undergoing TCR-AICD induce the p53-related gene p73, another mediator of apoptosis, which is hypermethylated in lymphomas. Introducing a dominant-negative E2F-1 protein or a dominant-negative p73 protein into T cells protects them from TCR-mediated apoptosis, whereas dominant-negative E2F-2, E2F-4 or p53 does not. Furthermore, E2F-1-null or p73-null primary T cells do not undergo TCR-mediated apoptosis either. We conclude that TCR-AICD occurs from a late G1 cell-cycle checkpoint that is dependent on both E2F-1 and p73 activities. These observations indicate that, unlike p53, p73 serves to integrate receptor-mediated apoptotic stimuli.[1]


  1. A common E2F-1 and p73 pathway mediates cell death induced by TCR activation. Lissy, N.A., Davis, P.K., Irwin, M., Kaelin, W.G., Dowdy, S.F. Nature (2000) [Pubmed]
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