Interaction of Ras with p110γ is required for thymic β-selection in the mouse.
Janas ML., Turner M.
Thymocytes are tested for productive rearrangement of the tcrb locus by expression of a pre-TCR in a process termed β-selection, which requires both Notch1 and CXCR4 signaling. It has been shown that activation of the GTPase Ras allows thymocytes to proliferate and differentiate in the absence of a Pre-TCR; the direct targets of Ras at this checkpoint have not been identified, however. Mice with a mutant allele of p110γ unable to bind active Ras revealed that CXCR4-mediated PI3K activation is Ras dependent. The Ras-p110γ interaction was necessary for efficient β-selection-promoted proliferation but was dispensable for the survival or differentiation of thymocytes. Uncoupling Ras from p110γ provides unambiguous identification of a Ras interaction required for thymic β-selection.