Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 16547257
J Immunol 2006 Apr; 176(7): 4201-7
The translocation of the microtubule-organizing center (MTOC), its associated signaling complex, and the secretory apparatus is the most characteristic early event that involves the tubulin cytoskeleton of T or NK cells after their interaction with APC or target cells. Our results show that Fyn kinase activity is essential for MTOC reorientation in an Ag-dependent system. Moreover, T cells from Fyn-deficient mice are unable to rearrange their tubulin cytoskeleton in response to anti-CD3-coated beads. Analysis of conjugates of T cells from transgenic OT-I mice with dendritic cells revealed that an antagonist peptide induces translocation of the MTOC, and that this process is impaired in T cells from Fyn(-/-) OT-I mice. In addition, Fyn deficiency significantly affects the MTOC relocation mediated by agonist peptide stimulation. These results reveal Fyn to be a key regulator of tubulin cytoskeleton reorganization in T cells.