Phosphoinositide 3-kinases (PI-3Ks) are key enzymes for cell development, activation, and survival. Here we showed that PI-3K class IB and class IA catalytic subunits, p110γ and p110δ, played a crucial role in the development and functions of murine NK cells. p110γ deficiency and impairment of G protein-coupled receptor (GPRC) signaling prevented full NK cell maturation. Concomitant loss of p110γ and p110δ exacerbated this defect, resulting in a very small population of NK cells with a highly immature phenotype in the bone marrow and periphery. Moreover, combined p110γ and p110δ signals were required for cytotoxicity and activation of the kinase ERK during NK cell-target cell interaction. p110γ played a major role in receptor-induced interferon-γ (IFN-γ) production through a pathway that involved the kinase ERK and 5-Lipoxigenase, which most likely generates lipid mediators activating GPRCs. Conversely, PI3Ks negatively regulated interleukin-12 (IL-12) and IL-18-induced IFN-γ by modulating p38 kinase activation. Our data shed light on the multiple intersecting pathways through which PI3Ks control NK cell-mediated innate responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-227
Number of pages14
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 24 2007




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