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J Exp Med. 2010 Jul 5;207(7):1475-83. doi: 10.1084/jem.20091343. Epub 2010 Jun 28.

Cell-surface residence of sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor 1 on lymphocytes determines lymphocyte egress kinetics.

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  • 1Center for Vascular Biology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, New York, NY 10065, USA.


The sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor 1 (S1P(1)) promotes lymphocyte egress from lymphoid organs. Previous work showed that agonist-induced internalization of this G protein-coupled receptor correlates with inhibition of lymphocyte egress and results in lymphopenia. However, it is unclear if S1P(1) internalization is necessary for this effect. We characterize a knockin mouse (S1p1r(S5A/S5A)) in which the C-terminal serine-rich S1P(1) motif, which is important for S1P(1) internalization but dispensable for S1P(1) signaling, is mutated. T cells expressing the mutant S1P(1) showed delayed S1P(1) internalization and defective desensitization after agonist stimulation. Mutant mice exhibited significantly delayed lymphopenia after S1P(1) agonist administration or disruption of the vascular S1P gradient. Adoptive transfer experiments demonstrated that mutant S1P(1) expression in lymphocytes, rather than endothelial cells, facilitated this delay in lymphopenia. Thus, cell-surface residency of S1P(1) on T cells is a primary determinant of lymphocyte egress kinetics in vivo.

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