A leucine zipper in the N terminus confers membrane association to SLP-65

Fabian Köhler, Bettina Storch, Yogesh Kulathu, Sebastian Herzog, Stephan Kuppig, Michael Reth, Hassan Jumaa

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Membrane recruitment of adaptor proteins is crucial for coupling antigen receptors to downstream signaling events. Despite the essential function of the B cell adaptor SLP-65, the mechanism of its recruitment to the plasma membrane is not yet understood. Here we show that a highly conserved leucine zipper in the SLP-65 N terminus is responsible for membrane association. Alterations in the N terminus abolished SLP-65 membrane localization and activity, both of which were restored by replacement of the N terminus with a myristoylation signal. The N terminus is an autonomous domain that confers specific localization and function when transferred to green fluorescent protein or the adaptor protein SLP-76. Our data elucidate the mechanism of SLP-65 membrane recruitment and suggest that leucine zipper motifs are essential interaction domains of signaling proteins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-210
Number of pages7
JournalNature Immunology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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