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Control of lytic function by mitogen-activated protein kinase extracellular regulatory kinase 2 (ERK2) in a human natural killer cell line: Identification of perforin and granzyme B mobilization by functional ERK2

S Wei, AM Gamero, JH Liu, AA Daulton, NI Valkov, JA Trapani, AC Larner, MJ Weber, JY Djeu

Journal of Experimental Medicine | ROCKEFELLER UNIV PRESS | Published : 1998


The signal pathways that control effector function in human natural killer (NK) cells are little known. In this study, we have identified the critical role of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway in NK lysis of tumor cells, and this pathway may involve the mobilization of granule components in NK cells upon interaction with sensitive tumor target cells. Evidence was provided by biological, biochemical, and gene transfection methods. NK cell binding to tumor cells for 5 min was sufficient to maximally activate MAPK/extracellular signal-regulatory kinase 2 (ERK2), demonstrated by its tyrosine phosphorylation and by its ability to function as an efficient kinase for myelin basic ..

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