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J Immunol. 2002 Aug 1;169(3):1219-27.

Suppressor of cytokine signaling-3 is recruited to the activated granulocyte-colony stimulating factor receptor and modulates its signal transduction.

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  • 1Bayer Pharma Research Center, Wuppertal, Germany.


G-CSF is a polypeptide growth factor used in treatment following chemotherapy. G-CSF regulates granulopoiesis and acts on its target cells by inducing homodimerization of the G-CSFR, thereby activating intracellular signaling cascades. The G-CSFR encompasses four tyrosine motifs on its cytoplasmic tail that have been shown to recruit a number of regulatory proteins. Suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 (SOCS-3), also referred to as cytokine-inducible Src homolgy 2-containing protein 3, is a member of a recently discovered family of feedback inhibitors that have been shown to inhibit the Janus kinase/STAT pathway. In this study, we demonstrate that human SOCS-3 is rapidly induced by G-CSF in polymorphonuclear neutrophils as well as in the myeloid precursor cell line U937 and that SOCS-3 negatively regulates G-CSFR-mediated STAT activation. Most importantly, we show that SOCS-3 is recruited to the G-CSFR in a phosphorylation-dependent manner and we identify phosphotyrosine (pY)729 as the major recruitment site for SOCS-3. Furthermore, we demonstrate that SOCS-3 directly binds to this pY motif. Surface plasmon resonance analysis reveals a dissociation constant (K(D)) for this interaction of around 2.8 microM. These findings strongly suggest that the recruitment of SOCS-3 to pY729 is important for the modulation of G-CSFR-mediated signal transduction by SOCS-3.

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