Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASP)-interacting protein (WIP), specifically binds to a region of WASp that is frequently mutated in Wiskott- Aldrich syndrome. Due to the similar phenotypes of WASp- and Vav-deficient T cells, and the putative importance of the WIP/WASp complex in mediating normal signals from the TCR, we investigated the role of WIP in regulating NF-AT/AP-1-mediated gene transcription. We show that WIP has the ability to enhance Vav-mediated activation of NF-AT/AP-1 gene transcription. In addition, we provide evidence that the interaction of WIP with WASp is necessary, but not sufficient for the ability of WIP to regulate NF-AT/AP-1 activity. Finally, we have identified a region in WIP required for its regulation of NF-AT/AP-1 activity. Our data suggests that the WIP-WASp interaction is important for NF-AT/AP-1-mediated gene transcription, and that defects seen in the activation of T cells from WAS patients may be due to the inability of these cells to form a functional WIP/WASp-signaling complex.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy