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Sci. Signal., 25 January 2011
Vol. 4, Issue 157, p. jc2
[DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.2001657]


The Role of L(u)ck in T Cell Triggering

Richard Berry*

The author is a postdoctoral fellow in the Protein Crystallography Unit, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia.

Abstract: T cells use a highly complex signaling apparatus to discriminate between a diverse array of foreign antigens and a myriad of self molecules. The precise mechanism whereby signals are communicated from the antigen-binding T cell receptor to the intracellular signal transduction machinery remains a source of intense debate. This Journal Club article highlights recent research elucidating the role of the Src family kinase Lck in T cell triggering. Resting T cells contain a newly described form of preactivated Lck that is both necessary and sufficient for T cell activation but remains uncoupled from the T cell receptor in the absence of antigen. This research allows a reappraisal of the mechanisms underlying T cell triggering.

* E-mail, richard.berry{at}

Citation: R. Berry, The Role of L(u)ck in T Cell Triggering. Sci. Signal. 4, jc2 (2011).

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