The early growth response gene 1 (Egr-1) is induced during positive selection in the thymus and has been implicated in the differentiation of CD4+ thymocytes. Here, we show that signals that specifically direct CD8 lineage commitment also induce Egr-1 DNA-binding activity in the nucleus. However, we find that pharmacological inhibition of mitogen-activated protein kinase/extracellular signal-related kinase kinase activity potently inhibits Egr-1 DNA-binding function at concentrations that promote differentiation of CD8+ thymocytes, suggesting Egr-1 activity is not essential for CD8 commitment. To further determine the role of Egr-1 in thymocyte development, we compare steady-state Egr-1 DNA-binding activity in thymocytes from mice with defined defects in positive selection. The data indicate that the appearance of functional Egr-1 is downstream of signals induced by TCR/MHC engagement, whereas it is less sensitive to alterations in Lck-mediated signals, and does not correlate directly with proficient positive selection. Egr-1 is one of the earliest transcription factors induced upon TCR ligation on immature thymocytes, and plays a potential role in the transcription of genes involved in thymocyte selection.
|Titolo:||Early growth response (Egr)-1 gene induction in the thymus in response to TCR ligation during early steps in positive selection is not required for CD8 lineage commitment|
|Autori:||Basson, Ma; Wilson, Tj; Legname, Giuseppe; Sarner, N; Tomlinson, Pd; Tybulewicz, Vl; Zamoyska, R.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2000|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.4049/jimmunol.165.5.2444|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|