SHP-1 dephosphorylates 3BP2 and potentially downregulates 3BP2-mediated T cell antigen receptor signaling

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Src homology 2 (SH2) domain-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase-1 (SHP-1) is a critical inhibitory regulator in T cell-receptor (TCR) signaling. However, the exact molecular mechanism underlying this is poorly defined, largely because the physiological substrates for SHP-1 in T cells remain elusive. In this study, we showed that adaptor protein 3BP2 serves as a binding protein and a physiological substrate of SHP-1. 3BP2 is phosphorylated on tyrosyl residue 448 in response to TCR activation, and the phosphorylation is required for T cell signalling, as indicated by transcriptional activation of nuclear factor activated in T cells (NFAT). Concurrently, phosphorylation of Tyr566 at the C-terminus of SHP-1 causes specific recruitment of 3BP2 to the phosphatase through the SH2 domain of the adaptor protein. This leads to efficient dephosphorylation of 3BP2 and thereby termination of T cell signaling. The study thus defines a novel function of the C-terminal segment of SHP-1 and reveals a new mechanism by which T cell signaling is regulated.

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