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Inactivation of c-Cbl or Cbl-b differentially affects signaling from the high affinity IgE receptor.

The Cbl family of proteins negatively regulate signaling from tyrosine kinase-coupled receptors. Among the three members of this family, only c-Cbl and Cbl-b are expressed in hemopoietic cells. To examine the role of c-Cbl and Cbl-b in Fc epsilon RI signaling, mast cell cultures from wild-type, c-Cbl(-/-), and Cbl-b(-/-) mice were generated. Cell growth rates and cell surface expression of Fc epsilon RI were similar in the different cell populations. Compared with control cells, Cbl-b inactivation resulted in increases in Fc epsilon RI-induced Ca(2+) response and histamine release. Fc epsilon RI-induced tyrosine phosphorylation of total cellular proteins, Syk, and phospholipase C-gamma was also enhanced by Cbl-b deficiency, whereas receptor-initiated phosphorylation of Vav, JNK, and p38 kinases was not changed in these cells. In contrast to Cbl-b, c-Cbl deficiency had no detectable effect on Fc epsilon RI- induced histamine release or on the phosphorylation of total cellular proteins or Syk. The absence of c-Cbl increased the phosphorylation of ERK after receptor stimulation, but resulted in slightly reduced p38 phosphorylation and Ca(2+) response. These results suggest that Cbl-b and c-Cbl have divergent effects on Fc epsilon RI signal transduction and that Cbl-b, but not c-Cbl, functions as a negative regulator of Fc epsilon RI-induced degranulation.[1]


  1. Inactivation of c-Cbl or Cbl-b differentially affects signaling from the high affinity IgE receptor. Zhang, J., Chiang, Y.J., Hodes, R.J., Siraganian, R.P. J. Immunol. (2004) [Pubmed]
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