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3BP2 is a pleckstrin homology domain- and Src homology 2 (SH2) domain-containing adapter protein that is mutated in the rare human bone disorder cherubism and which has also been implicated in immunoreceptor signaling. However, a function for this protein has yet to be established. Here we show that mice lacking 3BP2 exhibited a perturbation in the peritoneal B1 and splenic marginal-zone B-cell compartments and diminished thymus-independent type 2 antigen response. 3BP2(-/-) B cells demonstrated a proliferation defect in response to antigen receptor cross-linking and a heightened sensitivity to B-cell receptor-induced death via a caspase-3-dependent apoptotic pathway. We show that 3BP2 binds via its SH2 domain to the CD19 signaling complex and is required for optimum Syk phosphorylation and calcium flux.

Original publication




Journal article


Mol Cell Biol

Publication Date





3109 - 3122


Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing, Animals, Antibody Formation, B-Lymphocytes, CD5 Antigens, Cell Count, Cell Line, Cell Proliferation, Cell Survival, Gene Expression Regulation, Humans, Immunization, Lymphocyte Activation, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Peritoneum, RNA, Messenger, Signal Transduction, Spleen, Thymus Gland