Previously, we identified p85, a subunit of PI3K, as one of the molecules that interacts with the N-terminal region of Src homology 2 domain-containing leukocyte protein of 76 kDa (SLP-76).We also demonstrated that tyrosine phosphorylation either at the 113 and/ or 128 position is sufficient for the association of SLP-76 with the Src homology 2 domain near the N terminus of p85. The present study further examines the role of the association of these two molecules on the activation of PI3K signaling cascade. Experiments were done to determine the role of SLP-76, either wild-type, tyrosine mutants, or membrane-targeted forms of various SLP-76 constructs, on the membrane localization and phosphorylation of Akt, which is an event downstream of PI3K activation. Reconstitution studies with these various SLP-76 constructs in a Jurkat variant cell line that lacks SLP-76 or linker for activation of T cells (LAT) show that the activation of PI3K pathway following TCR ligation requires both SLP-76 and LATadaptor proteins. The results suggest that SLP-76 associates with p85 after T cell activation and that LAT recruits this complex to the membrane, leading to Akt activation.