SOCS-6 negatively regulates T cell activation through targeting p56 lck to proteasomal degradation

Young Bong Choi, Myoungsun Son, Mijin Park, Jaekyoon Shin, Gdae Yun

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The T cell-specific tyrosine kinase, p56lck, plays crucial roles in T cell receptor (TCR)-mediated T cell activation. Here, we report that SOCS-6 (suppressor of cytokine signaling-6) is a negative regulator of p56 lck. SOCS-6 was identified as a protein binding to the kinase domain of p56lck through yeast two-hybrid screening. SOCS-6 bound specifically to p56lck (F505), which mimics the active form of p56lck, but not to wild type p56lck. In Jurkat Tcells, SOCS-6 binding to p56lck was detected 1-2 h after TCR stimulation. Confocal microscopy showed that upon APC-T cell conjugation, SOCS-6 was recruited to the immunological synapse and colocalized with the active form of p56lck. SOCS-6 promoted p56lck ubiquitination and its subsequent targeting to the proteasome. Moreover, SOCS-6 overexpression led to repression of TCR-dependent interleukin-2 promoter activity. These results establish that SOCS-6 acts as a negative regulator of T cell activation by promoting ubiquitin-dependent proteolysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7271-7280
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 5 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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