Distinct regulation of integrin-dependent T cell conjugate formation and NF-κB activation by the adapter protein ADAP

Brandon J Burbach, Rupa Srivastava, Ricardo B. Medeiros, William E. O'Gorman, Erik J Peterson, Yoji Shimizu

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Following TCR stimulation, T cells utilize the hematopoietic specific adhesion and degranulation-promoting adapter protein (ADAP) to control both integrin adhesive function and NF-κB transcription factor activation. We have investigated the molecular basis by which ADAP controls these events in primary murine ADAP-/- T cells. Naive DO11.10/ADAP-/- T cells show impaired adhesion to OVAp (OVA aa 323-339)-bearing APCs that is restored following reconstitution with wild-type ADAP. Mutational analysis demonstrates that the central proline-rich domain and the C-terminal domain of ADAP are required for rescue of T:APC conjugate formation. The ADAP proline-rich domain is sufficient to bind and stabilize the expression of SKAP55 (Src kinase-associated phosphoprotein of 55 kDa), which is otherwise absent from ADAP-/- T cells. Interestingly, forced expression of SKAP55 in the absence of ADAP is insufficient to drive T:APC conjugate formation, demonstrating that both ADAP and SKAP55 are required for optimal LFA-1 function. Additionally, the ADAP proline-rich domain is required for optimal Ag-induced activation of CD69, CD25, and Bcl-xL, but is not required for assembly of the CARMA1/Bcl10/Malt1 (caspase-recruitment domain (CARD) membrane-associated guanylate kinase (MAGUK) protein 1/B-cell CLL-lymphoma 10/mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma translocation protein 1) signaling complex and subsequent TCR-dependent NF-κB activity. Our results indicate that ADAP is used downstream of TCR engagement to delineate two distinct molecular programs in which the ADAP/SKAP55 module is required for control of T:APC conjugate formation and functions independently of ADAP/CARMA1-mediated NF-κB activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4840-4851
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008


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