n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids suppress the localization and activation of signaling proteins at the immunological synapse in murine CD4+ T cells by affecting lipid raft formation. Academic Article uri icon


  • The molecular properties of immunosuppressive n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have not been fully elucidated. Using CD4(+) T cells from wild-type control and fat-1 transgenic mice (enriched in n-3 PUFA), we show that membrane raft accumulation assessed by Laurdan (6-dodecanoyl-2-dimethyl aminonaphthalene) labeling was enhanced in fat-1 cells following immunological synapse (IS) formation by CD3-specific Ab expressing hybridoma cells. However, the localization of protein kinase Ctheta, phospholipase Cgamma-1, and F-actin into the IS was suppressed. In addition, both the phosphorylation status of phospholipase Cgamma-1 at the IS and cell proliferation as assessed by CFSE labeling and [(3)H]thymidine incorporation were suppressed in fat-1 cells. These data imply that lipid rafts may be targets for the development of dietary agents for the treatment of autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases.

published proceedings

  • J Immunol

author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, W., Fan, Y., Barhoumi, R., Smith, R., McMurray, D. N., & Chapkin, R. S.

citation count

  • 140

complete list of authors

  • Kim, Wooki||Fan, Yang-Yi||Barhoumi, Rola||Smith, Roger||McMurray, David N||Chapkin, Robert S

publication date

  • November 2008