Requirement for CARMA1 in antigen receptor-induced NF-κB activation and lymphocyte proliferation

Takeshi Egawa, Björn Albrecht, Benoît Favier, Mary Jean Sunshine, Kanchan Mirchandani, William O'Brien, Margot Thome, Dan R. Littman

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Ligation of antigen receptors (TCR, BCR) on T and B lymphocytes leads to the activation of new transcriptional programs and cell cycle progression. Antigen receptor-mediated activation of NF-κB, required for proliferation of B and T cells, is disrupted in T cells lacking PKCθ and in B and T cells lacking Bcl10, a caspase recruitment domain (CARD)-containing adaptor protein [1, 2]. CARMA1 (also called CARD11 and Bimp3), the only lymphocyte-specific member in a family of membrane-associated guanylate kinase (MAGUK) scaffolding proteins that interact with Bcl10 by way of CARD-CARD interactions [3, 4], is required for TCR-induced NF-κB activation in Jurkat T lymphoma cells [5-7]. Here we show that T cells from mice lacking CARMA1 expression were defective in recruitment of Bcl10 to clustered TCR complexes and lipid rafts, in activation of NF-κB, and in induction of IL-2 production. Development of CD5+ peritoneal B cells was disrupted in these mice, as was B cell proliferation in response to both BCR and CD40 ligation. Serum immunoglobulin levels were also markedly reduced in the mutant mice. Together, these results show that CARMA1 has a central role in antigen receptor signaling that results in activation and proliferation of both B and T lymphocytes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1252-1258
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 15 2003
Externally publishedYes

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