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Expanding roles for ThPOK in thymic development
Immunol Rev. 2010 Nov;238(1) :182-94
AbstractSummary: The role of the zinc finger transcription factor ThPOK (T-helper-inducing POZ-Kruppel-like factor) in promoting commitment of alphabeta T cells to the CD4 lineage is now well established. New results indicate that ThPOK is also important for the development and/or acquisition of effector functions by other T cell subsets, including several not marked by CD4 expression, i.e. double-negative invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells, gammadelta cells, and even memory CD8(+) T cells. There is compelling evidence that ThPOK expression in most or all of these cases is dependent on T-cell receptor signaling and that differences in relative TCR signal strength/length may induce different levels of ThPOK expression. The developmental consequences of ThPOK expression vary according to cell type, which may partly reflect differences in ThPOK levels and/or in transcriptional networks between cell types.
NotesKappes, Dietmar J Denmark Immunological reviews Immunol Rev. 2010 Nov;238(1):182-94. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-065X.2010.00958.x.