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    Tumour-necrosis-factor-receptor-associated factor 6, NF-jB-inducing kinase and IjB kinases mediate IgE isotype switching in response to CD40


    Brady, Kevin J. and Fitzgerald, Stephen and Moynagh, Paul N. (2000) Tumour-necrosis-factor-receptor-associated factor 6, NF-jB-inducing kinase and IjB kinases mediate IgE isotype switching in response to CD40. Biochemical Journal, 350. pp. 735-740. ISSN 0264-6021

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    Abstract

    The process of IgE switching requires the prior transcription of the unrearranged Ce gene, which leads to its recombination with the VDJ region. The activation of NF-jB by CD40 is a key process in facilitating this transcription by promoting the activation of the Ce promoter. The present study explores the uncharacterized signalling pathways employed by CD40 in activating NF-jB by the overexpression of genes encoding wildtype and dominant-negative forms of the signalling components tumour-necrosis-factor-receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF-6), NF-jB-inducing kinase (NIK), IjB kinase (IKK)-1 and IKK-2 in the BJAB B-cell line. The overexpression of TRAF-6 or NIK was sufficient to activate NF-jB and the Ce promoter, whereas their dominant-negative counterparts decreased the ability of CD40 to activate NF-jB and the Ce promoter. The overexpression of wild-type IKK-1 or IKK-2 seemed to cause toxic effects on the cells, whereas the dominant-negative forms were selective in their blockade of NF-jB and the Ce promoter. These results suggest that CD40 employs TRAF-6, which presumably recruits NIK, which in turn employs IKK-1}IKK-2 to activate NF-jB and the Ce promoter, the prologue to IgE switching. Thus the findings define a crucially important pathway in the generation of allergic states.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Tumour-necrosis-factor-receptor-associated factor 6; NF-jB-inducing kinase; IjB kinases; IgE isotype switching; CD40;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Biology
    Item ID: 7221
    Depositing User: Professor Paul Moynagh
    Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2016 14:29
    Journal or Publication Title: Biochemical Journal
    Publisher: Portland Press
    Refereed: Yes
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