Adenosine A2A receptor activation protects CD4+ T lymphocytes against activation-induced cell death

Leonóra Himer, Balázs Csóka, Zsolt Selmeczy, Balázs Koscsó, Tímea Pócza, Pál Pacher, Zoltán H. Németh, Edwin A. Deitch, E. Sylvester Vizi, Bruce N. Cronstein, György Haskó

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Activation-induced cell death (AICD) is initiated by T-cell receptor (TCR) restimulation of already activated and expanded peripheral T cells and is mediated through Fas/Fas ligand (FasL) interactions. Adenosine is a purine nucleoside signaling molecule, and its immunomodulatory effects are mediated by 4 G-protein-coupled receptors: A1, A2A, A2B, and A3. In this study, we investigated the role of A2A receptors in regulating CD4+ T lymphocyte AICD. Our results showed that the selective A2A receptor agonist CGS21680 (EC 50=15.2-32.6 nM) rescued mouse CD4+ hybridomas and human Jurkat cells from AICD and that this effect was reversed by the selective A 2A receptor antagonist ZM241385 (EC50=2.3 nM). CGS21680 decreased phosphatidylserine exposure on the membrane, as well as the cleavage of caspase-3, caspase-8 and poly(ADPribose) polymerase indicating that A 2A receptor stimulation blocks the extrinsic apoptotic pathway. In addition, CGS21680 attenuated both Fas and FasL mRNA expression. This decrease in FasL expression was associated with decreased activation of the transcription factor systems NF-κB, NF-ATp, early growth response (Egr)-1, and Egr-3. The antiapoptotic effect of A2A receptor stimulation was mediated by protein kinase A. Together, these results demonstrate that A2A receptor activation suppresses the AICD of peripheral T cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2631-2640
Number of pages10
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2010



  • Anergy
  • Apoptosis
  • Inflammation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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Himer, L., Csóka, B., Selmeczy, Z., Koscsó, B., Pócza, T., Pacher, P., Németh, Z. H., Deitch, E. A., Vizi, E. S., Cronstein, B. N., & Haskó, G. (2010). Adenosine A2A receptor activation protects CD4+ T lymphocytes against activation-induced cell death. FASEB Journal, 24(8), 2631-2640.