CD43, a large highly glycosylated molecule, is arguably the most abundant molecule on the surface of T cells. Nevertheless, the function of CD43 remains unclear. Utilizing fluorescence microscopy, we find that CD43 is excluded from the T cell-APC contact site. This exclusion is Ag dependent since optimal CD43 exclusion requires Ag-pulsed APC, and since signaling through CD3, in the absence of any other receptor ligand interactions, can induce the modulation of CD43. These data suggest that CD43 may function as a barrier to nonspecific T cell-APC interactions that is removed as a result of T cell activation. Exclusion from the interaction site is a unique feature of CD43 and not universally found for all large highly glycosylated molecules since CD45 is not excluded. Thus, CD43 may represent a novel regulatory molecule on the T cell surface that can direct T cell interactions by changing its location on the cell surface.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Immunology|
|State||Published - Dec 15 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy