Epstein-Barr virus latent membrane protein 2A preferentially signals through the Src family kinase Lyn

Mark Rovedo, Richard Longnecker*

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Latent membrane protein 2A (LMP2A) is a viral protein expressed during Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) latency in EBV-infected B cells both in cell culture and in vivo. LMP2A has important roles in modulating B-cell receptor signal transduction and provides survival and developmental signals to B cells in vivo. Although Lyn has been shown to be important in mediating LMP2A signaling, it is still unclear if Lyn is used preferentially or if LMP2A associates promiscuously with other Src family kinase (SFK) members. To investigate the role of various SFKs in LMP2A signaling, we crossed LMP2A transgenic mice (TgE) with Lyn-/-, Fyn-/-, or Blk-/- mice. TgE Lyn-/- mice had a larger immunoglobulin M (IgM)-positive B-cell population than TgE mice, suggesting that the absence of Lyn prevents LMP2A from delivering survival and developmental signals to the B cells. Both TgE Fyn -/- and TgE Blk-/- mice have an IgM-negative population of splenic B cells, similar to the TgE mice. LMP2A was also transiently transfected into the human EBV-negative B-cell line BJAB to determine which SFK members associate with LMP2A. Lyn was detected in LMP2A immunoprecipitates, whereas Fyn was not. Both Lyn and Fyn were able to bind to an LMP2A mutant which contained a sequence shown previously to bind tightly to the SH2 domain of multiple SFK members. From these results, we conclude that LMP2A preferentially associates with and signals through Lyn compared to its association with other SFKs. This preferential association is due in part to the SH2 domain of Lyn associating with LMP2A.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8520-8528
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of virology
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Insect Science
  • Virology

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