Application Methods: Flow Cytometry, Immunohistochemistry (Paraffin), Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting
Background: B cell maturation antigen (BCMA/TNFRSF17/CD269) is a transmembrane glycoprotein and member of the TNFR superfamily (1). BCMA expression is largely restricted to the B-cell lineage. Pro-survival signaling through this receptor plays a pivotal role in humoral immunity by regulating B-cell maturation and plasma cell differentiation upon binding its ligands, BAFF and APRIL (2-6). BCMA is expressed in a number B-cell malignancies and has garnered much attention as a novel therapeutic target for the treatment of multiple myeloma due to its selective and elevated expression on the cell surface of malignant plasma cells (7-10).
Application Methods: Immunohistochemistry (Paraffin), Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting
Background: LAT, a transmembrane adaptor protein expressed in T, NK and mast cells, is an important mediator for T cell receptor (TCR) signaling (1). Upon TCR engagement, activated Zap-70 phosphorylates LAT at multiple conserved tyrosine residues within SH2 binding motifs, exposing these motifs as the docking sites for downstream signaling targets (2,3). The phosphorylation of LAT at Tyr171 and Tyr191 enables the binding of Grb2, Gads/SLP-76, PLCγ1 and PI3 kinase through their SH2 domain and translocates them to the membrane. This process eventually leads to activation of the corresponding signaling pathways (1-4).
Application Methods: Immunohistochemistry (Paraffin), Western Blotting
Background: Lck belongs to the Src-like non-receptor tyrosine kinase family with the typical Src family kinase structure: a unique amino terminal domain (Src homology 4 domain, SH4) followed by an SH3 domain, an SH2 domain, a kinase domain (SH1), and a carboxy-terminal negative regulatory domain (1). Lck activity is controlled by the interactions of SH2 and SH3 domains as well as tyrosine phosphorylation status of the activation loop (2,3). Lck is recruited to the T cell receptor (TCR) complex upon stimulation and activates downstream tyrosine kinases to initiate T cell signaling (4). Lck is also found to be involved in the regulation of mitochondrial apoptosis pathways and may be responsible for some anticancer drug induced apoptosis (5,6).
Application Methods: Flow Cytometry, Immunofluorescence (Immunocytochemistry), Immunohistochemistry (Paraffin), Immunoprecipitation, Western Blotting
Background: Axl, Sky, and Mer are three members of a receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) family that share a conserved intracellular tyrosine kinase domain and an extracellular domain similar to those seen in cell adhesion molecules. These RTKs bind the vitamin K-dependent protein growth-arrest-specific 6 (Gas6), which is structurally related to the protein S anticoagulation factor (1). Upon binding to its receptor, Gas6 activates phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) and its downstream targets Akt and S6K, as well as NF-κB (2,3). A large body of evidence supports a role for Gas6/Axl signaling in cell growth and survival in normal and cancer cells (4).