A regulatory role for Src homology 2 domain-containing inositol 5'-phosphatase (SHIP) in phagocytosis mediated by Fc gamma receptors and complement receptor 3 (alpha(M)beta(2); CD11b/CD18)

J Exp Med. 2001 Jan 1;193(1):61-71. doi: 10.1084/jem.193.1.61.


The Src homology 2 domain-containing inositol 5'-phosphatase (SHIP) is recruited to immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibition motif (ITIM)-containing proteins, thereby suppressing phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI 3-kinase)-dependent pathways. The role of SHIP in phagocytosis, a PI 3-kinase-dependent pathway, is unknown. Overexpression of SHIP in macrophages led to an inhibition of phagocytosis mediated by receptors for the Fc portion of IgG (Fc gamma Rs). In contrast, macrophages expressing catalytically inactive SHIP or lacking SHIP expression demonstrated enhanced phagocytosis. To determine whether SHIP regulates phagocytosis mediated by receptors that are not known to recruit ITIMs, we determined the effect of SHIP expression on complement receptor 3 (CR3; CD11b/CD18; alpha(M)beta(2))-dependent phagocytosis. Macrophages overexpressing SHIP demonstrated impaired CR3-mediated phagocytosis, whereas macrophages expressing catalytically inactive SHIP demonstrated enhanced phagocytosis. CR3-mediated phagocytosis in macrophages derived from SHIP(-/-) mice was up to 2.5 times as efficient as that observed in macrophages derived from littermate controls. SHIP was localized to Fc gamma R- and CR3-containing phagocytic cups and was recruited to the cytoskeleton upon clustering of CR3. In a transfected COS cell model of activation-independent CR3-mediated phagocytosis, catalytically active but not inactive SHIP also inhibited phagocytosis. We conclude that PI 3-kinase(s) and SHIP regulate multiple forms of phagocytosis and that endogenous SHIP plays a role in modulating beta(2) integrin outside-in signaling.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • COS Cells
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cytoskeleton / immunology
  • Macrophage-1 Antigen / metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Phagocytosis / immunology*
  • Phagocytosis / physiology
  • Phagosomes / immunology
  • Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases / metabolism
  • Phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-Trisphosphate 5-Phosphatases
  • Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases / genetics
  • Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases / immunology*
  • Receptors, IgG / metabolism*
  • Transfection
  • src Homology Domains


  • Macrophage-1 Antigen
  • Receptors, IgG
  • Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases
  • Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases
  • INPPL1 protein, human
  • Phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-Trisphosphate 5-Phosphatases