Activation of protein kinase A inhibits interferon induction of the Jak/Stat pathway in U266 cells

Michael David, Emanuel Petricoin, Andrew C. Larner*

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Activation of early response genes by interferons (IFNs) requires tyrosine phosphorylation of the Stat transcription factors and is mediated by the Jak family of tyrosine kinases. Recent evidence suggests that ERK2 serine/threonine kinase modulates the IFN-stimulated Jak/Stat pathway. In this report we show that in the myeloma cell line U266 protein kinase A specifically interacts with the cytoplasmic domain of the IFNα/β receptor. Treatment of cells with the adenylate cyclase activator forskolin inhibits IFNβ-, IFNγ-, and hydrogen peroxide/vanadate-induced formation of complexes that bind to enhancers known to stimulate the expression of IFN-regulated genes. Immunoprecipitations followed by anti-phosphotyrosine immunoblots indicate that tyrosine phosphorylation of the a chain of the IFNα/β receptor, Jak1, Tyk2, as well as Stat1 and Stat2 is reduced as a consequence of incubation of cells with forskolin. In contrast, dideoxyforskolin, which fails to activate adenylate cyclase, has no effect on IFN induction of the Jak/Stat pathway. These results indicate a novel regulatory mechanism by which protein kinase A can modulate the Jak/Stat signaling cascade.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4585-4588
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Mar 1996
Externally publishedYes


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