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J Cell Sci. 2017 Mar 15;130(6):1110-1121. doi: 10.1242/jcs.200006. Epub 2017 Feb 2.

The T cell IFT20 interactome reveals new players in immune synapse assembly.

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Department of Life Sciences, University of Siena, Siena 53100, Italy.
Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3RE, UK.
Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Siena, Siena 53100, Italy.
Department of Life Sciences, University of Siena, Siena 53100, Italy


Sustained signalling at the immune synapse (IS) requires the synaptic delivery of recycling endosome-associated T cell antigen receptors (TCRs). IFT20, a component of the intraflagellar transport system, controls TCR recycling to the IS as a complex with IFT57 and IFT88. Here, we used quantitative mass spectrometry to identify additional interaction partners of IFT20 in Jurkat T cells. In addition to IFT57 and IFT88, the analysis revealed new binding partners, including IFT54 (also known as TRAF3IP1), GMAP-210 (also known as TRIP11), Arp2/3 complex subunit-3 (ARPC3), COP9 signalosome subunit-1 (CSN1, also known as GPS1) and ERGIC-53 (also known as LMAN1). A direct interaction between IFT20 and both IFT54 and GMAP-210 was confirmed in pulldown assays. Confocal imaging of antigen-specific conjugates using T cells depleted of these proteins by RNA interference showed that TCR accumulation and phosphotyrosine signalling at the IS were impaired in the absence of IFT54, ARPC3 or ERGIC-53. Similar to in IFT20-deficient T cells, this defect resulted from a reduced ability of endosomal TCRs to polarize to the IS despite a correct translocation of the centrosome towards the antigen-presenting cell contact. Our data underscore the traffic-related role of an IFT20 complex that includes components of the intracellular trafficking machinery in IS assembly.


Immune synapse assembly; Intraflagellar transport system; Mass spectrometry analysis

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