Distinct spatial relationship of the interleukin-9 receptor with interleukin-2 receptor and major histocompatibility complex glycoproteins in human T lymphoma cells

Eniko Nizsalóczki, István Csomós, Péter Nagy, Zsolt Fazekas, Carolyn K. Goldman, Thomas A. Waldmann, Sándor Damjanovich, György Vámosi, László Mátyus, Andrea Bodnár

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The interleukin-9 receptor (IL-9R) consists of an a subunit and a γc chain that are shared with other cytokine receptors, including interleukin-2 receptor (IL-2R), an important regulator of T cells. We previously showed that IL-2R is expressed in common clusters with major histocompatibility complex (MHC) glycoproteins in lipid rafts of human T lymphoma cells, which raised the question about what the relationship between clusters of IL-2R/MHC and IL-9R is. Confocal microscopy colocalization and fluorescence resonance energy transfer experiments capable of detecting membrane protein organization at different size scales revealed nonrandom association of IL-9R with IL-2R/MHC clusters at the surface of human T lymphoma cells. Accommodation of IL-9Rα in membrane areas segregated from the IL-2R/MHC domains was also detected. The bipartite nature of IL-9R distribution was mirrored by signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) activation results. Our data indicate that co-compartmentalization with MHC glycoproteins is a general property of γc receptors. Distribution of receptor chains between different membrane domains may regulate their function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3969-3978
Number of pages10
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2014



  • Confocal microscopy
  • FRET
  • Membrane proteins
  • Protein-protein interactions
  • Receptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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