Positive regulation of interleukin-4-mediated proliferation by the SH2-containing inositol-5′-phosphatase

Cosmas Giallourakis, Masaki Kashiwada, Ping Ying Pan, Nika Danial, Hong Jiang, John Cambier, K. Mark Coggeshall, Paul Rothman

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The SH2-containing inositol 5′-phosphatase (SHIP) is tyrosine-phosphorylated in response to cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-3, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, and macrophage colony-stimulating factor. SHIP has been shown to modulate negatively these cytokine signalings; however, a potential role in IL-4 signaling remains uncharacterized. It has been recently shown that IL-4 induces tyrosine phosphorylation of SHIP, implicating the phosphatase in IL-4 processes. Tyrosine kinases, Jak1 and Jak3, involved in IL-4 signaling can associate with SHIP, yet only Jak1 can tyrosine-phosphorylate SHIP when co-expressed. In functional studies, cells overexpressing wild type SHIP are found to be hyperproliferative in response to IL-4 in comparison to parental cells. In contrast, cells expressing catalytically inactive form, SHIP(D672A), show reduced proliferation in response to IL-4. These changes in IL-4-induced proliferation correlate with alterations in phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-triphosphate levels. However, no differential activation of STAT6, Akt, IRS-2, or p70S6k, in response to IL-4, was observed in these cells. These data suggest that the catalytic activity of SHIP acts in a novel manner to influence IL-4 signaling. In addition, these data support recent findings that suggest there are uncharacterized signaling pathways downstream of phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-triphosphate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29275-29282
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number38
StatePublished - Sep 22 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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