Nck-mediated recruitment of BCAP to the BCR regulates the PI(3)K-Akt pathway in B cells


The adaptor Nck links receptor signaling to cytoskeleton regulation. Here we found that Nck also controlled the phosphatidylinositol-3-OH kinase (PI(3)K)-kinase Akt pathway by recruiting the adaptor BCAP after activation of B cells. Nck bound directly to the B cell antigen receptor (BCR) via the non-immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM) phosphorylated tyrosine residue at position 204 in the tail of the immunoglobulin-α component. Genetic ablation of Nck resulted in defective BCR signaling, which led to hampered survival and proliferation of B cells in vivo. Indeed, antibody responses in Nck-deficient mice were also considerably impaired. Thus, we demonstrate a previously unknown adaptor function for Nck in recruiting BCAP to sites of BCR signaling and thereby modulating the PI(3)K-Akt pathway in B cells.

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Volume 14
Issue number 9
Pages 966-975
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