T-cell receptor cross-linking transiently stimulates adhesiveness through LFA-1. Academic Article uri icon


  • Effective interaction between T cells and their targets requires that recognition of specific antigen be coordinated with increased cell-cell adhesion. We show that antigen-receptor cross-linking increases the strength of the adhesion mechanism between lymphocyte function-associated molecule-1 (LFA-1) and intercellular adhesion molecules (ICAMs), with intracellular signals transmitted from the T-cell antigen receptor to the LFA-1 adhesion molecule. The increase in avidity is rapid and transient, providing a dynamic mechanism for antigen-specific regulation of lymphocyte adhesion and de-adhesion.

publication date

  • October 19, 1989