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Murine CCR9, a chemokine receptor for thymus-expressed chemokine that is up-regulated following pre-TCR signaling. J Immunol 2000 Jan 15;164(2):639-48



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2-s2.0-0034650922   88 Citations


Chemokines are likely to play an important role in regulating the trafficking of developing T cells within the thymus. By using anti-CD3varepsilon treatment of recombinase-activating gene 2 (Rag2-/-) mice to mimic pre-TCR signaling and drive thymocyte development to the double positive stage, we have identified murine GPR-9-6 as a chemokine receptor whose expression is strongly induced following pre-TCR signaling. GPR-9-6 mRNA is present at high levels in the thymus, and by RT-PCR analysis its expression is induced as normal thymocytes undergo the double negative to double positive transition. Furthermore we show that TECK (thymus-expressed chemokine), a chemokine produced by thymic medullary dendritic cells, is a functional ligand for GPR-9-6. TECK specifically induces a calcium flux and chemotaxis of GPR-9-6-transfected cells. In addition, TECK stimulates the migration of normal double positive thymocytes, as well as Rag2-/- thymocytes following anti-CD3varepsilon treatment. Hence, GPR-9-6 has been designated as CC chemokine receptor 9 (CCR9). Our results suggest that TECK delivers signals through CCR9 important for the navigation of developing thymocytes.

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Norment AM, Bogatzki LY, Gantner BN, Bevan MJ


Benjamin N. Gantner PhD Assistant Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Antibodies, Monoclonal
Cell Differentiation
Cell Line
Cell Movement
Chemokines, CC
Chemotaxis, Leukocyte
DNA-Binding Proteins
Mice, Inbred C57BL
Mice, Transgenic
Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell
Receptors, CCR
Receptors, Chemokine
Signal Transduction
Stem Cells
T-Lymphocyte Subsets
Thymus Gland
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