Annexin A6 regulates interleukin-2-mediated T-cell proliferation

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Abstract

Annexin A6 (AnxA6) has been implicated in cell signalling by contributing to the organisation of the plasma membrane. Here weexamined whether AnxA6 regulates signalling and proliferation in T cells. We used a contact hypersensitivity model to immunechallenge wild-type (WT) and AnxA6-/- mice and found that thein vivoproliferation of CD4+ T cells, but not CD8+ T cells, wasimpaired in AnxA6-/- relative to WT mice. However, T-cell migration and signalling through the T-cell receptorex vivowassimilar between T cells isolated from AnxA6-/- and WT mice. In contrast, interleukin-2 (IL-2) signalling was reduced inAnxA6-/- compared with WT T cells. Further, AnxA6-deficient T cells had reduced membrane order and cholesterol levels.Taken together, our data suggest that AnxA6 regulates IL-2 homeostasis and sensitivity in T cells by sustaining a lipid raft-likemembrane environment.

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