Inhibition of cellular responsiveness to interferon-γ (IFNγ) induced by overexpression of inactive forms of the IFNγ receptor

A. S. Dighe, M. A. Farrar, R. D. Schreiber

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Abstract

Herein, we report that overexpression of either human or murine interferon-γ (IFNγ) receptors lacking their entire intracellular domains in cells bearing functionally active IFNγ receptors ablates responsiveness to homologous ligand in a dominant negative manner. Unresponsiveness could also be induced in murine cells overexpressing murine IFNγ receptor mutants that either lack 39 COOH-terminal amino acids or contain an alanine substitution for a functionally critical tyrosine. Overexpression of the full-length receptor did not alter cellular responsiveness to IFNγ. The inhibitory activities of the receptor mutants were dose-dependent, generalizable to a variety of cellular responses, and specific. Cells expressing 100:1 ratios of mutant to wild-type receptor were unresponsive to IFNγ even at doses 30,000 times greater than that required to induce a maximal response in wild-type cells. These results provide an example of a dominant negative mutation that effects the complete inactivation of a transmembrane receptor lacking a kinase domain and suggest a more general utility for dominant negative mutations in the study of cytokine receptor function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10645-10653
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume268
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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