Interestingly, upon 45 min PF 2341066 coincubation of the T-cell with their APC the major axis of the synapse was 12 μm in the depicted control siRNA-treated T cell, whereas only 6.8 μm were observed in the LPL knock-down T-cell (Fig. 6A). To evaluate the whole population of T-cell/APC couples, we set a cutoff for an enlarged contact zone. Thus, a contact zone was counted as increased if the major axis exceeded 9.5 μm, i.e. a 5% increment over the average T-cell diameter of 9 μm. Such
an enlarged contact zone was found in 62% of T-cell/APC couples with control siRNA-treated T cells. A significantly reduced number of LPL knock-down T cells (37%) displayed such an enlarged contact zone (Fig. 6A and B). This reduced size of the contact zone is not due to a reduced size of the LPL knock-down T cells, since the mean diameters of LPL knock-down and control siRNA-treated T cells were equal (Fig. 6A and C). Kinetic evaluations showed
that the observed difference in the size of the contact zone was only apparent after longer time points. If short-term interactions were evaluated (<30 min), there was hardly any difference in LPL knock-down or control T cells (Fig. 6D). This reflects the kinetics of the reduced LFA-1 enrichment in LPL knock-down T cells (Fig. 5G). To analyze whether only LFA-1 macrocluster formation was reduced in LPL knock-down T cells or if they had a general diminished cluster formation within the IS, we evaluated the size of the CD3 macroclusters. In control T cells, the size of the CD3-macroclusters RO4929097 molecular weight got smaller over time, which was in line with the fact that ZD1839 chemical structure CD3 coalesce and modulate in the cSMAC. LPL knock-down T cells already started with a slightly smaller CD3 macrocluster, but ended up with the same size of CD3 macrocluster as control T cells upon 45 min
(Fig. 6E). Since LPL knock-down T cells ended up with a contact zone of a smaller size, the CD3 macroclusters by trend covered a bigger proportion of the contact zone in LPL knock-down T cells (Fig. 6F). Taken together, the reduced size of the contact zone seemed to be the result of a reduced LFA-1 accumulation, which may impar T-cell spreading on their APC. In line with that assumption, the area of CCL21-stimulated T cells on immobilized ICAM-1 was also reduced in LPL knock-down T cells (Supporting Information Fig. 6) 29. Due to the profound effects of an LPL knock-down on the T-cell/APC contact zone we analyzed whether calcium influx and adhesion on APC was also disturbed. Thus, TLV was performed for 240 min with fluo-4-labeled LPL knock-down or control T cells and superantigen-loaded APC (Fig. 7A and Supporting Information Movies 1 and 2). These experiments showed that both LPL knock-down and control T cells were able to induce a calcium influx. However, the calcium signal was more persistent in control T cells as compared to the LPL knock-down T cells.