alexa Protein kinase Ctheta: a new essential superstar on the T-cell stage.


Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology

Author(s): Altman A, Isakov N, Baier G

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Abstract Recent studies have identified protein kinase Cθ (PKCtheta), a member of the Ca(2+)-independent PKC family, as an essential component of the T-cell synapse that cooperates with calcineurin to activate the interleukin-2 (IL-2) gene. Several selective functions of PKCtheta involved in the activation and survival of T cells are reviewed herein. Among these, the nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) signaling cascade appears to be the most critical target of PKCtheta in the T-cell receptor/CD28 costimulatory pathway that leads to T-cell activation.
This article was published in Immunol Today and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology

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