T cell receptor signaling is essential for the generation and maturation of T lymphocyte precursors. Here we identify the deubiquitinating enzyme CYLD as a positive regulator of proximal T cell receptor signaling in thymocytes. CYLD physically interacted with active Lck and promoted recruitment of active Lck to its substrate, Zap70. CYLD also removed both Lys 48- and Lys 63-linked polyubiquitin chains from Lck. Because of a cell-autonomous defect in T cell development, CYLD-deficient mice had substantially fewer mature CD4+ and CD8+ single-positive thymocytes and peripheral T cells.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Immunology and Allergy