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      Viral Interference with Functions of the Cellular Receptor Tyrosine Phosphatase CD45

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          The receptor tyrosine phosphatase CD45 is expressed on the surface of almost all cells of hematopoietic origin. CD45 functions are central to the development of T cells and determine the threshold at which T and B lymphocytes can become activated. Given this pivotal role of CD45 in the immune system, it is probably not surprising that viruses interfere with the activity of CD45 in lymphocytes to dampen the immune response and that they also utilize this molecule to accomplish their replication cycle. Here we report what is known about the interaction of viral proteins with CD45. Moreover, we debate putative interactions of viruses with CD45 in myeloid cells and the resulting consequences—subjects that remain to be investigated. Finally, we summarize the evidence that pathogens were the driving force for the evolution of CD45.

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              T cell receptor signalling networks: branched, diversified and bounded.

              Engagement of antigen-specific T cell receptors (TCRs) is a prerequisite for T cell activation. Acquisition of appropriate effector T cell function requires the participation of multiple signals from the T cell microenvironment. Trying to understand how these signals integrate to achieve specific functional outcomes while maintaining tolerance to self is a major challenge in lymphocyte biology. Several recent publications have provided important insights into how dysregulation of T cell signalling and the development of autoreactivity can result if the branching and integration of signalling pathways are perturbed. We discuss how these findings highlight the importance of spatial segregation of individual signalling components as a way of regulating T cell responsiveness and immune tolerance.

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                Role: Academic Editor
                23 March 2015
                March 2015
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                Department of Virology, Hannover Medical School, Carl-Neuberg-Strasse 1, 30625 Hannover, Germany; E-Mails: thiel.nadine@ 123456mh-hannover.de (N.T.); zischke.jasmin@ 123456mh-hannover.de (J.Z.); elbasani.endrit@ 123456mh-hannover.de (E.E.); kay-jackson.penelope@ 123456mh-hannover.de (P.K-F.)
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                [* ]Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-Mail: messerle.martin@ 123456mh-hannover.de ; Tel.: +49-511-532-4320; Fax: +49-511-532-8736.
                © 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

                This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


                Microbiology & Virology

                positive selection, cd45, viral immune modulation, evolution


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