LAT and NTAL mediate immunoglobulin E-induced sustained extracellular signal-regulated kinase activation critical for mast cell survival

Mol Cell Biol. 2007 Jun;27(12):4406-15. doi: 10.1128/MCB.02109-06. Epub 2007 Apr 9.


Immunoglobulin E (IgE) induces mast cell survival in the absence of antigen (Ag) through the high-affinity IgE receptor, Fcepsilon receptor I (FcepsilonRI). Although we have shown that protein tyrosine kinase Syk and sustained extracellular signal-regulated kinase (Erk) activation are required for IgE-induced mast cell survival, how Syk couples with sustained Erk activation is still unclear. Here, we report that the transmembrane adaptors LAT and NTAL are phosphorylated slowly upon IgE stimulation and that sustained but not transient Erk activation induced by IgE was inhibited in LAT(-/-) NTAL(-/-) bone marrow-derived mast cells (BMMCs). IgE-induced survival requires Ras activation, and both were impaired in LAT(-/-) NTAL(-/-) BMMCs. Sos was preferentially required for FcepsilonRI signals by IgE rather than IgE plus Ag. Survival impaired in LAT(-/-) NTAL(-/-) BMMCs was restored to levels comparable to those of the wild type by membrane-targeted Sos, which bypasses the Grb2-mediated membrane recruitment of Sos. The IgE-induced survival of BMMCs lacking Gads, an adaptor critical for the formation of the LAT-SLP-76-phospholipase Cgamma (PLCgamma) complex, was observed to be normal. IgE stimulation induced the membrane retention of Grb2-green fluorescent protein fusion proteins in wild-type but not LAT(-/-) NTAL(-/-) BMMCs. These results suggest that LAT and NTAL contribute to the maintenance of Erk activation and survival through the membrane retention of the Ras-activating complex Grb2-Sos and, further, that the LAT-Gads-SLP-76-PLCgamma and LAT/NTAL-Grb2-Sos pathways are differentially required for degranulation and survival, respectively.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing / genetics
  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing / physiology*
  • Adaptor Proteins, Vesicular Transport / genetics
  • Adaptor Proteins, Vesicular Transport / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Bone Marrow Cells / cytology
  • Cell Survival / physiology
  • Enzyme Activation / drug effects
  • Extracellular Signal-Regulated MAP Kinases / metabolism*
  • Immunoglobulin E / pharmacology*
  • Mast Cells / cytology
  • Mast Cells / physiology*
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics
  • Membrane Proteins / physiology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Mice, Mutant Strains
  • Phosphoproteins / genetics
  • Phosphoproteins / physiology*
  • Phosphorylation


  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing
  • Adaptor Proteins, Vesicular Transport
  • LAB protein, mouse
  • Lat protein, mouse
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Phosphoproteins
  • Immunoglobulin E
  • Extracellular Signal-Regulated MAP Kinases