Roles of paxillin phosphorylation in IL-3 withdrawal-induced Ba/F3 cell apoptosis

  • Ae Sun Nah
  • Kee Oh ChayEmail author
Research Article



Ba/F3, a mouse pro-B cell line, is dependent on IL-3 for its survival and proliferation. IL-3 withdrawal causes cells to round, stop in G1 phase, then undergo apoptosis. Additionally, IL-3 is known to induce tyrosine phosphorylation of paxillin, a scaffold and signaling protein. We previously determined that overexpression of paxillin prohibited Ba/F3 cell apoptosis induced by IL-3 withdrawal.


Address whether phosphorylation is essential for the anti-apoptotic effect of overexpressed paxillin.


Mutations were introduced into paxillin cDNA at five phosphorylation sites—Y31F, Y40F, Y118F, Y181F, S273A, or S273D. After overexpression of paxillin mutants in Ba/F3 cells, the apoptotic proportions of cell populations were measured by an annexin V conjugation assay while cells were undergoing IL-3 withdrawal.


The anti-apoptotic effect of paxillin overexpression was abolished by site-directed mutagenesis replacing Y31, Y40, Y118, and Y181 with phenylalanine, and S273 with aspartic acid. In contrast, the mutation replacing S273 with alanine had no effect on the anti-apoptotic effect.


The above results suggest that paxillin-mediated phosphorylation at Y31, Y40, Y118, and Y181 is essential for the anti-apoptotic effect of paxillin overexpression in Ba/F3 cells and contributes to the cell survival signaling pathway triggered by IL-3. Conversely, phosphorylation at S273 is involved in the negative regulation of the anti-apoptotic action of overexpressed paxillin.


Paxillin Phosphorylation Survival Apoptosis IL-3 B cell 



This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)—funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2011-0025479).

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Conflict of interest

Nah, A. S. and Chay, K.O. declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human subjects or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry, Medical SchoolChonnam National UniversityHwasun-gunRepublic of Korea

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