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Hematopoietic progenitor kinase 1 negatively regulates T cell receptor signaling and T cell-mediated immune responses.

HPK1 is a Ste20-related serine-threonine kinase that inducibly associates with the adaptors SLP-76 and Gads after T cell receptor (TCR) signaling. Here, HPK1 deficiency resulted in enhanced TCR- induced phosphorylation of SLP-76, phospholipase C-gamma1 and the kinase Erk, more-persistent calcium flux, and increased production of cytokines and antigen-specific antibodies. Furthermore, HPK1-deficient mice were more susceptible to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Although the interaction between SLP-76 and Gads was unaffected, the inducible association of SLP-76 with 14-3-3tau (a phosphorylated serine- binding protein and negative regulator of TCR signaling) was reduced in HPK1-deficient T cells after TCR stimulation. HPK1 phosphorylated SLP-76 and induced the interaction of SLP-76 with 14-3-3tau. Our results indicate that HPK1 negatively regulates TCR signaling and T cell-mediated immune responses.[1]

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  1. Hematopoietic progenitor kinase 1 negatively regulates T cell receptor signaling and T cell-mediated immune responses. Shui, J.W., Boomer, J.S., Han, J., Xu, J., Dement, G.A., Zhou, G., Tan, T.H. Nat. Immunol. (2007) [Pubmed]
 
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