Journal article

Developing T cells form an immunological synapse for passage through the β−selection checkpoint

Amr Allam, Mirren Charnley, Kim Pham, Sarah Russell

Published : 2019

Abstract

Abstract The β-selection checkpoint of T cell development tests whether the cell has recombined its genomic DNA to produce a functional T Cell Receptor β (TCRβ) receptor. Passage through the β-selection checkpoint requires the nascent TCRβ protein to mediate signaling through a pre-TCR complex. In this study, we show that developing T cells at the β-selection checkpoint establish an immunological synapse in in vitro & in situ, resembling that of the mature T cell. The immunological synapse is dependent on two key signaling pathways known to be critical for the transition beyond the β-selection checkpoint, Notch and CXCR4 signaling. In vitro and in situ analyses indicate that the immunologica..

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