Termination of TCR-mediated activation signals is regulated by CrkII-dependent Cbl-mediated ubiquitination and degradation of C3G

Pulak Ranjan Nath, Nikhil Ponnoor Anto, Alex Braiman, Noah Isakov

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Abstract

Crk adaptor proteins are key players in signal transduction from multiple cell surface receptors, including the T cell antigen receptor (TCR). The involvement of CrkII in the early stages of T cell activation is well documented, but little is known about its role during the termination of the activation response. We substantiated findings showing that CrkII utilizes its SH3N and SH2 domains to constitutively associate with C3G and transiently with Cbl in resting and TCR/CD3-stimulated T cells, respectively. Association of CrkII with Cbl peaks within 1 min post-TCR/CD3 stimulation, and involves the formation of multiple CrkII-containing complexes of different molecular mass. Ubiquitination of C3G commences at ∼5 min post TCR/CD3 stimulation concomitantly with its degradation. This entire process conversely correlates with the levels of expression of CrkII and is dependent on the presence of the CrkII-bound Cbl protein. The data suggest that CrkII functions as a scaffold that brings Cbl into close proximity with C3G in TCR/CD3-stimulated T cells and that tyrosine phosphorylation and activation of Cbl promotes C3G ubiquitination and degradation. We suggest that this mechanism contributes to the termination of the TCR/CD3-induced activation signal and helps tune the length and intensity of T cell-mediated immune responses.

Original languageEnglish
Article number152342
JournalImmunobiology
Volume228
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2023

Keywords

  • C3G
  • Cbl
  • Crk adaptor protein
  • TCR signal termination
  • TCR signal transduction
  • Ubiquitination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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