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Science. 2001 Aug 10;293(5532):1136-8.

Cytokine-specific transcriptional regulation through an IL-5Ralpha interacting protein.

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  • 1Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Heart Lung Center Utrecht, University Medical Center, G03.550, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584 CX Utrecht, The Netherlands.


Cytokine receptors consist of multiple subunits, which are often shared between different receptors, resulting in the functional redundancy sometimes observed between cytokines. The interleukin 5 (IL-5) receptor consists of an IL-5-specific alpha-subunit (IL-5Ralpha) and a signal-transducing beta-subunit (betac) shared with the IL-3 and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) receptors. In this study, we sought to find a role for the cytoplasmic domain of IL-5Ralpha. We show that syntenin, a protein containing PSD-95/Discs large/zO-1 (PDZ) domains, associates with the cytoplasmic tail of the IL-5Ralpha. Syntenin was found to directly associate with the transcription factor Sox4. Association of syntenin with IL-5Ralpha was required for IL-5-mediated activation of Sox4. These studies identify a mechanism of transcriptional activation by cytokine-specific receptor subunits.

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