PKCθ links proximal T cell and Notch signaling through localized regulation of the actin cytoskeleton

Graham J Britton, Rachel Ambler, Danielle J Clark, Elaine V Hill, Helen M Tunbridge, Kerrie E McNally, Bronwen R Burton, Philomena Butterweck, Catherine Sabatos-Peyton, Lea A Hampton-O'Neil, Paul Verkade, Christoph Wuelfing, David Wraith

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Notch is a critical regulator of T cell differentiation and is activated through proteolytic cleavage in response to ligand engagement. Using murine myelin-reactive CD4 T cells, we demonstrate that proximal T cell signaling modulates Notch activation by a spatiotemporally constrained mechanism. The protein kinase PKCθ is a critical mediator of signaling by the T cell antigen receptor and the principal costimulatory receptor CD28. PKCθ selectively inactivates the negative regulator of F-actin generation, Coronin 1A, at the center of the T cell interface with the antigen presenting cell (APC). This allows for effective generation of the large actin-based lamellum required for recruitment of the Notch-processing membrane metalloproteinase ADAM10. Such enhancement of Notch activation is critical for efficient T cell proliferation and Th17 differentiation. We reveal a novel mechanism that, through modulation of the cytoskeleton, controls Notch activation at the T cell:APC interface thereby linking T cell receptor and Notch signaling pathways.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere20003
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2017


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