Signal transduction mediated by the reconstituted IL-2 receptor: Evidence for a cell type-specific function of IL-2 receptor β-chain

Yasuhiro Minami, Isao Oishi, Zhao Jun Liu, Shigeto Nakagawa, Tadaaki Miyazaki, Tadatsugu Taniguchi

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The binding of IL-2 to its specific receptor (IL-2R) triggers various cellular events including the induction of nuclear proto-oncogenes (c-fos, c- jun and c-myc genes) and the proliferation of hemopoietic cells. In the present study, we have established NIH 3T3 fibroblasts in which the three IL- 2R subunits, the α-chain (IL-2Rα), the β-chain (IL-2Rβ), and the γ- chain (IL-2Rγ), are constitutively expressed. The resulting cell lines express high affinity IL-2R on their cell surface at levels comparable with those of IL-2-responsive lymphoid cells. We observed that the high affinity IL-2R in NIH 3T3 fibroblasts can mediate the IL-2-stimulated tyrosine phosphorylation of p42/p44 (mitogen-activated protein kinase) and the induction of the c-fos, c-jun and c-myc genes. In NIH 3T3 fibroblasts the high affinity IL-2R bearing a deletion of a region rich in acidic amino acids (the 'acidic' region) in the IL-2R β-chain failed to induce the tyrosine phosphorylation of MAP kinase as well as the expression of the all three nuclear proto-oncogenes. On the other hand, our previous studies had demonstrated that the high affinity IL-2R bearing the same mutant IL-2R β- chain retained the ability to induce c-myc gene in response to IL-2 in a murine IL-3-dependent pro-B cell line, BAF/B03. Hence, these results reveal the underlying complexity of signal transduction among different cell types. The inability of the reconstituted high affinity receptor to mediate the IL- 2-induced proliferation of NIH 3T3 fibroblasts suggests that induction of the three nuclear proto-oncogenes and the tyrosine phosphorylation of mitogen- activated protein kinase in NIH 3T3 fibroblasts are not sufficient to induce cellular proliferation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5680-5690
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 15 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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