The inner side of T cell lipid rafts

Immunol Lett. 2004 Jul 15;94(3):247-52. doi: 10.1016/j.imlet.2004.05.012.


A key question in understanding the functional role of lipid rafts is whether lipid microdomains at the plasma membrane outer leaflet are coupled to lipid microdomains at the inner leaflet. By using a cyan-fluorescent protein (CFP) targeted to inner plasma membrane rafts of Jurkat T cells, we found that raft domains at the outer and inner leaflets are physically coupled and that this coupling requires cholesterol. Interestingly, TCR/CD3 cross-linking induces co-capping of the raft bilayer independently of cholesterol or signaling events, indicating that cholesterol-extracting drugs are unable to destroy TCR-lipid rafts interaction.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • CD3 Complex / immunology*
  • Cholesterol / metabolism*
  • Genes, Reporter
  • Humans
  • Jurkat Cells
  • Membrane Microdomains / immunology*
  • Membrane Microdomains / metabolism
  • Microscopy, Confocal
  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell / immunology*
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology*
  • T-Lymphocytes / metabolism


  • CD3 Complex
  • Receptors, Antigen, T-Cell
  • Cholesterol