Lck mediates signal transmission from CD59 to the TCR/CD3 pathway in Jurkat T cells

Anna M. Lipp, Kata Juhasz, Christian Paar, Christoph Ogris, Paul Eckerstorfer, Roland Thuenauer, Jan Hesse, Benedikt Nimmervoll, Hannes Stockinger, Gerhard J. Schütz, Ulrich Bodenhofer, Zsolt Balogi, Alois Sonnleitner

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The glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-Anchored molecule CD59 has been implicated in the modulation of T cell responses, but the underlying molecular mechanism of CD59 influencing T cell signaling remained unclear. Here we analyzed Jurkat T cells stimulated via anti-CD3ε- or anti-CD59-coated surfaces, using time-resolved single-cell Ca2+ imaging as a read-out for stimulation. This analysis revealed a heterogeneous Ca2+ response of the cell population in a stimulus-dependent manner. Further analysis of T cell receptor (TCR)/CD3 deficient or overexpressing cells showed that CD59-mediated signaling is strongly dependent on TCR/CD3 surface expression. In protein co-patterning and fluorescence recovery after photobleaching experiments no direct physical interaction was observed between CD59 and CD3 at the plasma membrane upon anti-CD59 stimulation. However, siRNA-mediated protein knock-downs of downstream signaling molecules revealed that the Src family kinase Lck and the adaptor molecule linker of activated T cells (LAT) are essential for both signaling pathways. Furthermore, flow cytometry measurements showed that knock-down of Lck accelerates CD3 reexpression at the cell surface after anti-CD59 stimulation similar to what has been observed upon direct TCR/CD3 stimulation. Finally, physically linking Lck to CD3f completely abolished CD59-triggered Ca2+ signaling, while signaling was still functional upon direct TCR/CD3 stimulation. Altogether, we demonstrate that Lck mediates signal transmission from CD59 to the TCR/CD3 pathway in Jurkat T cells, and propose that CD59 may act via Lck to modulate T cell responses. Copyright:

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere85934
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • CD3 Complex/metabolism
  • CD59 Antigens/metabolism
  • Calcium Signaling
  • Cell Membrane/metabolism
  • Humans
  • Jurkat Cells
  • Lymphocyte Specific Protein Tyrosine Kinase p56(lck)/physiology
  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell/metabolism


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