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Immunological Synapse Regulation

Science's STKE  18 Nov 2003:
Vol. 2003, Issue 209, pp. tw453-TW453
DOI: 10.1126/stke.2092003TW453

The immunological synapse coordinates intercellular communication between T cells and antigen-presenting cells, but the signaling functions of this structure have not been clear. Experiments and computer modeling have led Lee et al. to propose that T cell receptor (TCR) clustering in the synapse enhances receptor signaling but also potentiates a higher rate of TCR degradation--a type of adaptive control function that regulates the strength and duration of T cell signaling in response to a specific ligand.

K.-H. Lee, A. R. Dinner, C. Tu, G. Campi, S. Raychaudhuri, R. Varma, T. N. Sims, W. R. Burack, H. Wu, J. Wang, O. Kanagawa, M. Markiewicz, P. M. Allen, M. L. Dustin, A. K. Chakraborty, A. S. Shaw, The immunological synapse balances T cell receptor signaling and degradation. Science 302, 1218-1222 (2003). [Abstract] [Full Text]