Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Deletion of autoreactive thymocytes at the DP stage is the basis for tolerance to thymus-expressed self antigens. In this study we investigated whether distinct signalling pathways are induced in DP thymocytes as compared to mature T cells upon stimulation with antigen. Using triple transgenic mice expressing a TCR transgene, dominant negative ras/Mek proteins and a reporter gene construct with AP-1 or NF-kappa B binding sites, we showed a complete lack of transcriptional activity of NF-kappa B but not AP-1 in DP thymocytes, whereas both were transcriptionally active in mature T cells after antigenic stimulation. Lack of NF-kappa B induction correlated with increased death in response to antigen. AP-1 induction was dependent on the integrity of the ras/Mek pathway indicating that this pathway was activated in the DP thymocytes. In contrast, we found a complete lack of constitutive expression of the epsilon isoform of Protein Kinase C (PKC) in DP thymocytes, although it was present in mature thymocytes and peripheral T cells. Taken together the results suggest that the lack of PKC epsilon in DP thymocytes could lead to the absence of NF-kappa B activity after antigenic stimulation contributing to negative selection. Cell Death and Differentiation (2000) 7, 1253 - 1262.

Original publication

DOI

10.1038/sj.cdd.4400760

Type

Journal article

Journal

Cell death and differentiation

Publication Date

12/2000

Volume

7

Pages

1253 - 1262

Addresses

Centre d'Immunologie INSERM-CNRS de Marseille Luminy, Marseille, France. katja.simon@ndm.ox.ac.uk

Keywords

Thymus Gland, CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes, CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes, Animals, Mice, Transgenic, Mice, ras Proteins, Isoenzymes, MAP Kinase Kinase Kinases, Protein Kinase C, NF-kappa B, Transcription Factor AP-1, H-2 Antigens, Apoptosis, Protein Kinase C-epsilon, Transcriptional Activation