Characterization of thymus-derived lymphocytes expressing Tiα-βCD3γδ∈ζ-ζ, Tiα-βCD3γδ∈η-η or Tiα-βCD3γδ∈ζ-ζ/ζ-η antigen receptor isoforms

Analysis by gene transfection

Linda K. Clayton, Andrea Bauer, Yong Jiu Jin, Luciano D'Adamio, Shigeo Koyasu, Ellis L. Reinherz

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Abstract

To characterize the function of the CD3η subunit of the T cell receptor (TCR), we have used cDNAs encoding CD3ζ, CD3η, or both to reconstitute a variant of a cytochrome c-specific, I-Ek-restricted murine T cell hybridoma, termed MAS.8, which lacks CD3ζ and CD3η proteins. We provide direct evidence that assembly and surface expression of TCRs can be mediated by either of these subunits separately or together. However, the level of TCR expression on ζ transfectants is up to one order of magnitude greater than that on η transfectants, implying that CD3η is weakly associated with the pentameric Tiα-βCD3γδ∈ complex and/or inefficient at salvaging the incomplete TCR from lysosomal degradation. As a component of the TCR, the CD3η subunit preferentially forms a heterodimer with CD3ζ, but is also able to form a CD3η-η homodimer. Crosslinking of Tiα-βCD3γδ∈ζ-ζ, Tiα-βCD3γδ∈η-η, or Tiα-βCD3γδ∈ζ-ζ/ζ-η TCR isotypes with anti-CD3∈ monoclonal antibody or a cytochrome c peptide epitope on I-Ek antigen-presenting cells mediates signal transduction resulting in reversible cell-cycle arrest of transfected clones. Given the potential for diversity of signals generated by these functional TCR isotypes and the expression of the CD3 η gene product in the thymus, CD3η is likely to play a role in selection and/or activation of thymocytes during development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1243-1253
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Experimental Medicine
Volume172
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

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CD3 Antigens
Antigen Receptors
T-Cell Antigen Receptor
Thymus Gland
Transfection
Protein Isoforms
Lymphocytes
Genes
Cytochromes c
Hybridomas
Antigen-Presenting Cells
Thymocytes
Cell Cycle Checkpoints
Epitopes
Signal Transduction
Complementary DNA
Clone Cells
Monoclonal Antibodies
T-Lymphocytes
Gene Expression

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Characterization of thymus-derived lymphocytes expressing Tiα-βCD3γδ∈ζ-ζ, Tiα-βCD3γδ∈η-η or Tiα-βCD3γδ∈ζ-ζ/ζ-η antigen receptor isoforms : Analysis by gene transfection. / Clayton, Linda K.; Bauer, Andrea; Jin, Yong Jiu; D'Adamio, Luciano; Koyasu, Shigeo; Reinherz, Ellis L.

In: Journal of Experimental Medicine, Vol. 172, No. 4, 01.10.1990, p. 1243-1253.

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Clayton, Linda K. ; Bauer, Andrea ; Jin, Yong Jiu ; D'Adamio, Luciano ; Koyasu, Shigeo ; Reinherz, Ellis L. / Characterization of thymus-derived lymphocytes expressing Tiα-βCD3γδ∈ζ-ζ, Tiα-βCD3γδ∈η-η or Tiα-βCD3γδ∈ζ-ζ/ζ-η antigen receptor isoforms : Analysis by gene transfection. In: Journal of Experimental Medicine. 1990 ; Vol. 172, No. 4. pp. 1243-1253.
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