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development and apoptosis

By Jose Alberola, Katherine A Forbush, Jose Alberola-ila, Steve D. Levin, Greg Barton, Katherine Forbush, Leonard I. Zon and Roger M. Perlmutter


The stress-activated protein kinases (SAPK) are a group of dual-specificity kinases with potential roles in the control of apoptosis and proliferation. In most cells they are regulated through phosphorylation by MKK-4. We have investigated the role of MKK-4 in T cell development and function by generating transgenic animals expressing catalytically inactive MKK-4 (dMKK-4) in the thymus. Our results show that overexpression of dMKK-4 does not interfere with normal T cell development. Furthermore, expression of dMKK-4 inhibits Fas- but not phorbol ester plus ionomycin-induced activation of SAPK, suggesting that a SAPK kinase different from MKK-4 is responsible for the regulation of SAPK activation after stimulation of T cells with phorbol ester plus ionomycin. We then analyzed the effect of dMKK-4 on Fas-induced apoptosis of thymocytes. Our results show that activation of SAPK is not a necessary event in Fas-induced apoptosis of thymocytes

Topics: apoptosis, dominant-negative transgene, Fas, thymic development, strees-activated proteine kinase
Year: 1998
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