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FEBS Lett. 2000 Oct 6;482(3):200-4.

Role of insulin receptor substrate-2 in interleukin-9-dependent proliferation.

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Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and Experimental Medicine Unit, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.


Interleukin-9 (IL-9) stimulation results in JAK, STAT and IRS1/2 phosphorylation. The role of IRS adaptor proteins in IL-9 signaling is not clear. We show that IL-9 induces IRS2 phosphorylation and association with phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI 3-K) p85 subunit in TS1 cells and BaF/9R cells, which proliferate upon IL-9 stimulation. We observed a PI 3-K-dependent phosphorylation of protein kinase B (PKB) in TS1 cells, but not in BaF/9R, nor in other IL-9-dependent cell lines. Finally, 32D cells that were transfected with the IL-9 receptor but lack IRS expression survived in the presence of IL-9. Ectopic IRS1 expression allowed for IL-9-induced proliferation, in the absence of significant PKB phosphorylation.

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