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The role of Tec family kinases in myeloid cells

Medical University of Vienna, Institute of Immunology, Vienna, Austria.
International Archives of Allergy and Immunology (Impact Factor: 2.43). 06/2004; 134(1):65-78. DOI: 10.1159/000078339
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ABSTRACT Members of the Tec kinase family (Bmx, Btk, Itk, Rlk and Tec) are primarily expressed in the hematopoietic system and form, after the Src kinase family, the second largest class of non-receptor protein tyrosine kinases. During lymphocyte development and activation Tec kinases have important functions in signaling pathways downstream of the antigen receptors. Tec family kinases are also expressed in cells of the myeloid lineage. However, with the exception of mast cells and platelets, their biological role in the myeloid system is only poorly understood. This review summarizes the current knowledge about the function of Tec family kinases in hematopoietic cells of the myeloid lineage.

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    • "More subtle effects of Tec have been recognized in platelets (Atkinson et al., 2003; Crosby and Poole, 2002; Oda et al., 2000), erythroid (Schmidt et al., 2004a; van Dijk et al., 2000), and phagocytic cells (Jongstra- Bilen et al., 2008; Melcher et al., 2008). In these cells, Tec is important for signaling through various receptors (Atkinson et al., 2003; Crosby and Poole, 2002; Oda et al., 2000; Schmidt et al., 2004b; van Dijk et al., 2000), and lack of Tec resulted in increased levels of caspases (Melcher et al., 2008). Furthermore, Tec showed a unique late effect in the phagocytic process (Jongstra-Bilen et al., 2008). "
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