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

The lymphocyte-specific tyrosine protein kinase p56lck is endocytosed in Jurkat cells stimulated via CD2.

Incubation of the human T cells, Jurkat, with two sets of activating anti-CD2 mAb (T11(2) + T11(3), D66 + T11(1)) induced delocalization of p56lck and CD2 receptors from the plasma membrane and increased the tyrosine kinase activity of p56lck. The anti-CD2 mAb combination (T11(2) + T11(3)) that produced the most rapid increase in p56lck kinase activity also induced the most rapid delocalization of the kinase. In stimulated cells, both p56lck and CD2 receptors are detected in cytoplasmic vesicles. The internalization of p56lck in endocytic vesicles was established by confocal microscopy. By double staining it was shown that only part of the p56lck colocalized with the internalized CD2 receptor suggesting distinct sorting processes. Internalization of p56lck appeared to be specific of CD2 stimulation as: 1) in Jurkat cells triggered with an anti-CD3 mAb, p56lck was not internalized whereas CD3 receptors were completely endocytosed; 2) when cells were stimulated via CD4, the kinase and CD4 receptors remained associated with the plasma membrane. In addition, internalization of p56lck upon stimulation of CD2 receptors was not modified in CD2+/CD3-Jurkat cells indicating that CD3 is not involved in this process. The identification of different subcellular localizations of p56lck in resting and stimulated T cells should represent an important step in the definition of its functional activity.[1]


  1. The lymphocyte-specific tyrosine protein kinase p56lck is endocytosed in Jurkat cells stimulated via CD2. Marie-Cardine, A., Maridonneau-Parini, I., Ferrer, M., Danielian, S., Rothhut, B., Fagard, R., Dautry-Varsat, A., Fischer, S. J. Immunol. (1992) [Pubmed]
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