Location of cAMP-dependent protein kinase type I with the TCR-CD3 complex

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Science  07 Jan 1994:
Vol. 263, Issue 5143, pp. 84-87
DOI: 10.1126/science.8272870


Selective activation of cyclic adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate (cAMP)-dependent protein kinase type I (cAKI), but not type II, is sufficient to mediate inhibition of T cell replication induced through the antigen-specific T cell receptor-CD3 (TCR-CD3) complex. Immunocytochemistry and immunoprecipitation studies of the molecular mechanism by which cAKI inhibits TCR-CD3-dependent T cell replication demonstrated that regulatory subunit I alpha, along with its associated kinase activity, translocated to and interacted with the TCR-CD3 complex during T cell activation and capping. Regulatory subunit II alpha did not. When stimulated by cAMP, the cAKI localized to the TCR-CD3 complex may release kinase activity that, through phosphorylation, might uncouple the TCR-CD3 complex from intracellular signaling systems.