While 2B4 is a well-known surface receptor involved in NK cell triggering and induction of cytotoxicity against CD48-positive target cells, little is known about the downstream events which lead to NK cell activation. In this study we show that, in normal human NK cells, 2B4 constitutively associates with the linker for activation of T cells (LAT). Antibody-mediated engagement of 2B4 resulted in tyrosine phosphorylation not only of 2B4 but also of the associated LAT molecules. Moreover, tyrosine phosphorylation of LAT led to the recruitment of intracytoplasmic signaling molecules including phospholipase Cgamma and Grb2. These data support the concept that 2B4 may mediate NK cell triggering via a LAT-dependent signaling pathway.