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Macrophage activation and Fcγ receptor-mediated signaling do not require expression of the SLP-76 and SLP-65 adaptors


Jumaa,  Hassan
Research Group and Chair of Molecular Immunology of the University of Freiburg, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Max Planck Society;

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Nichols, K. E., Haines, K., Myung, P. S., Newbrough, S., Myers, E., Jumaa, H., et al. (2004). Macrophage activation and Fcγ receptor-mediated signaling do not require expression of the SLP-76 and SLP-65 adaptors. Journal of Leukocyte Biology, 75, 541-552.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002B-943B-0
The Src-homology 2 domain-containing, leukocyte-specific phosphoprotein of 76 kDa (SLP-76) is a hematopoietic adaptor that plays a central role during immunoreceptor-mediated activation of T lymphocytes and mast cells and collagen receptor-induced activation of platelets. Despite similar levels of expression in macrophages, SLP-76 is not required for Fc receptor for immunoglobulin G (IgG; FcγR)-mediated activation. We hypothesized that the related adaptor SLP-65, which is also expressed in macrophages, may compensate for the loss of SLP-76 during FcγR-mediated signaling and functional events. To address this hypothesis, we examined bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMM) from wild-type (WT) mice or mice lacking both of these adaptors. Contrary to our expectations, SLP-76-/- SLP-65-/- BMM demonstrated normal FcγR-mediated activation, including internalization of Ig-coated sheep red blood cells and production of reactive oxygen intermediates. FcγR-induced biochemical events were normal in SLP-76-/- SLP-65-/- BMM, including phosphorylation of phospholipase C and the extracellular signaling-regulated kinases 1 and 2. To determine whether macrophages functioned normally in vivo, we infected WT and SLP-76-/- SLP-65-/- mice with sublethal doses of Listeria monocytogenes (LM), a bacterium against which the initial host defense is provided by activated macrophages. WT and SLP-76-/- SLP-65-/- mice survived acute, low-dose infection and showed no difference in the number of liver or spleen LM colony-forming units, a measure of the total body burden of this organism. Taken together, these data suggest that neither SLP-76 nor SLP-65 is required during FcγR-dependent signaling and functional events in macrophages.