alexa Involvement of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase in different stages of thymocyte development.


Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology

Author(s): Hsu SC, Wu CC, Han J, Lai MZ

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Abstract Positive selection of thymocytes during T-cell development is mediated by T-cell receptor (TCR)-activated signals. For different mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) activated by TCR complex, a selective involvement of extracellular signal-regulated kinase, but not p38 MAPK, in positive selection has been suggested. Using transgenic mice with dominant-negative mutation of both MAP kinase kinase 3 (MMK3) and MKK6, we obtained mice with different extents of inhibition of p38 MAPK activation. Partial inhibition of p38 MAPK impaired CD4(-)CD8(-) thymocyte development and T-cell proliferation, but not positive selection. Interference with thymocyte positive selection was observed in mice with effective suppression of p38 MAPK. Our results suggest that, in addition to early thymocyte development, p38 is involved in positive selection. This article was published in Blood and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology

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