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J Proteomics. 2011 Dec 10;75(1):177-91. doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2011.06.007. Epub 2011 Jun 23.

Interleukin-2 signaling pathway analysis by quantitative phosphoproteomics.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, 48940 Leioa, Spain.


Interleukin-2 (IL-2) is major cytokine involved in T cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. Association between IL-2 and its receptor (IL-2R), triggers activation of complex signaling cascade governed by tyrosine phosphorylation that culminates in transcription of genes involved in modulation of the immune response. The complete characterization of the IL-2 pathway is essential to understand how aberrant IL-2 signaling results in several diseases such as cancer or autoimmunity and also how IL-2 treatments affect cancer patients. To gain insights into the downstream machinery activated by IL-2, we aimed to define the global tyrosine-phosphoproteome of IL-2 pathway in human T cell line Kit225 using high resolution mass spectrometry combined with phosphotyrosine immunoprecipitation and SILAC. The molecular snapshot at 5min of IL-2 stimulation resulted in identification of 172 proteins among which 79 were found with increased abundance in the tyrosine-phosphorylated complexes, including several previously not reported IL-2 downstream effectors. Combinatorial site-specific phosphoproteomic analysis resulted in identification of 99 phosphorylated sites mapping to the identified proteins with increased abundance in the tyrosine-phosphorylated complexes, of which 34 were not previously described. In addition, chemical inhibition of the identified IL-2-mediated JAK, PI3K and MAPK signaling pathways, resulted in distinct alteration on the IL-2 dependent proliferation.

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