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The CD4 or CD8 co-receptors and the T cell receptor (TCR) are though to interact with the same antigen-presenting major histocompatibility complex molecule in a stable ternary complex. Therefore, the TCR and its co-receptor need to come into close proximity on the surface of the T cell. We have previously shown that the interaction of the p56lck SH2 domain with zeta-associated, tyrosine phosphorylated ZAP-70 and Syk kinases leads to an enhanced association of CD4 with TCR/CD3/zeta complex after CD3 stimulation of Jurkat cells. In this report, we analyzed whether a similar mechanism can mediate recruitment of the CD8 alpha alpha and CD8 alpha beta isoforms to the TCR. We demonstrate in vivo in association of CD8 alpha alpha/p56lck with the tyrosine kinase ZAP-70 after CD3 stimulation of Jurkat cells. A phosphopeptide competing in vitro for the binding of tyrosine phosphorylated proteins to the SH2 domain of p56lck specifically impedes the association of ZAP-70 with CD8 alpha alpha/p56lck without affecting the zeta/ZAP-70 interaction. The same peptide is able to compete for the activation-dependent association of the CD8 alpha alpha or CD8 alpha beta isoform with the TCR/CD3/zeta complex. Moreover, co-precipitation of the TCR with both CD8 isoforms was observed after CD3 stimulation. These findings strongly suggest that the p56lck SH2 domain mediates recruitment of CD8/p56lck to the activated TCR/CD3/zeta complex.

Original publication




Journal article


Eur J Immunol

Publication Date





2093 - 2100


Amino Acid Sequence, Animals, CD8 Antigens, Cell Line, Humans, Lymphocyte Activation, Lymphocyte Specific Protein Tyrosine Kinase p56(lck), Membrane Proteins, Molecular Sequence Data, Protein-Tyrosine Kinases, Rabbits, Receptor-CD3 Complex, Antigen, T-Cell, Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell, T-Lymphocytes, ZAP-70 Protein-Tyrosine Kinase, src Homology Domains, src-Family Kinases