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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2004 Mar 5;315(2):471-6.

Interaction of human MUC1 and beta-catenin is regulated by Lck and ZAP-70 in activated Jurkat T cells.

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02482, USA.


The MUC1 transmembrane glycoprotein is aberrantly expressed by diverse hematologic malignancies, including those of the T cell lineage. The MUC1 cytoplasmic domain (CD) interacts with beta-catenin; however, the role of MUC1 in T cells is not known. In the present work, MUC1 was studied as a potential downstream effector of the Lck and ZAP-70 tyrosine kinases that are essential for T cell activation. The results demonstrate that anti-CD3-induced or PMA+ionomycin-induced activation of Jurkat T cells is associated with increased binding of MUC1 and Lck. Lck phosphorylates MUC1-CD on Y-46 and, in turn, stimulates the binding of MUC1 to beta-catenin. The results further demonstrate that MUC1 interacts with ZAP-70. In contrast to Lck, ZAP-70 phosphorylates MUC1-CD predominantly on Y-20. However, like Lck, ZAP-70-mediated phosphorylation of MUC1 Y-20 stimulates binding of MUC1 and beta-catenin. These findings indicate that MUC1 functions as a substrate for Lck and ZAP-70 in activated Jurkat T cells and that MUC1 integrates T cell receptor signaling with the beta-catenin pathway.

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