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CARMA1 is a critical lipid raft- associated regulator of TCR- induced NF-kappa B activation.

CARMA1 is a lymphocyte-specific member of the membrane-associated guanylate kinase (MAGUK) family of scaffolding proteins, which coordinate signaling pathways emanating from the plasma membrane. CARMA1 interacts with Bcl10 via its caspase-recruitment domain (CARD). Here we investigated the role of CARMA1 in T cell activation and found that T cell receptor (TCR) stimulation induced a physical association of CARMA1 with the TCR and Bcl10. We found that CARMA1 was constitutively associated with lipid rafts, whereas cytoplasmic Bcl10 translocated into lipid rafts upon TCR engagement. A CARMA1 mutant, defective for Bcl10 binding, had a dominant-negative (DN) effect on TCR-induced NF-kappa B activation and IL-2 production and on the c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (Jnk) pathway when the TCR was coengaged with CD28. Together, our data show that CARMA1 is a critical lipid raft- associated regulator of TCR- induced NF-kappa B activation and CD28 costimulation-dependent Jnk activation.[1]


  1. CARMA1 is a critical lipid raft-associated regulator of TCR-induced NF-kappa B activation. Gaide, O., Favier, B., Legler, D.F., Bonnet, D., Brissoni, B., Valitutti, S., Bron, C., Tschopp, J., Thome, M. Nat. Immunol. (2002) [Pubmed]
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