Lipoprotein receptors, such as LRP, have been shown to assemble multiprotein complexes containing intracellular signaling molecules; however, in vivo, their signaling function is poorly understood. Using a novel LRP receptor fusion construct, a type I transmembrane protein chimera, termed sIgG-LRP (bearing the intracellular COOH-terminal tail of human LRP as recombinant fusion to a transmembrane region plus the extracellular IgG-F(c) domain), we here investigated LRP signal transduction specificity in intact cells. First and similar to activated alpha2-macroglobulin as agonist of endogenous LRP, expression of sIgG-LRP demonstrated significant apoptosis protection. Second and similar to alpha2-macroglobulin-induced endogenous LRP, sIgG-LRP is sufficient to negatively modulate mitogen-induced Elk-1 and cJun (but not NF-kappaB) transcriptional activity. Third, expression of sIgG-LRP also impaired cJun transactivation mediated by constitutive active mutants of Rac-1 and MEKK-1. Fourth and unexpectedly, sIgG-LRP expression was found to be associated with a marked enhancement of mitogen-induced cJun amino-terminal kinase (JNK) activation. Fifth, confocal microscopic examination and subcellular fractionation demonstrated that sIgG-LRP and JNK co-localize in transfected cells. Therefore, sIgG-LRP expression was found to significantly impair activation-induced translocation of JNK into the nucleus. Taken together, we here demonstrate that sIgG-LRP protein sequesters activated JNK into the plasma membrane compartment in intact cells, inhibiting nuclear activation of the JNK-dependent transcription factors Elk-1 and cJun.