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Fas ligand is enriched in the caveolae membrane domains of thymic epithelial cells.

Authors: Lalor, D  Liu, P  Hayashi, J 
Citation: Lalor D, etal., Cell Immunol 2004 Jul;230(1):10-6.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:15541714
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1016/j.cellimm.2004.08.003

Both Fas and Fas ligand (FasL) are expressed in the thymus. Although reports suggest that they are important throughout the thymocyte maturation process their precise role remains elusive. The present paper characterizes the expression of FasL in the thymus and in the TEA3A1 and BT1B functional thymic epithelial cell (TEC) lines. FasL expression by thymus fractions, TEA3A1, and BT1B cells was detected by Northern blot analysis. In TEA3A1 cells, we discovered that FasL protein expression was localized to caveolae membrane domains. This restricted subcellular localization of FasL, together with reports describing the localization of the major histocompatibility complex proteins, the T cell receptor and Fas to caveolae membrane domains, may provide a mechanism for the deletion of thymocytes during negative selection. Finally, using semi-quantitative RT-PCR we found that FasL expression by TECs is regulated by glucocorticoids.


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Created: 2005-06-18
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