Ymer Acts as a Multifunctional Regulator in Nuclear Factor-κB and Fas Signaling Pathways

Tadasuke Tsukiyama, Mayuko Matsuda-Tsukiyama, Miyuki Bohgaki, Sayuri Terai, Shinya Tanaka, Shigetsugu Hatakeyama
2012 Molecular Medicine  
The nuclear factor (NF)-κB family of transcription factors regulates diverse cellular functions, including inflammation, oncogenesis and apoptosis. It was reported that A20 plays a critical role in the termination of NF-κB signaling after activation. Previously, we showed that Ymer interacts and collaborates with A20, followed by degradation of receptor-interacting protein (RIP) and attenuation of NF-κB signaling. Here we show the function of Ymer in regulation of several signaling pathways
more » ... uding NF-κB on the basis of results obtained by using Ymer transgenic (Ymer Tg) mice. Ymer Tg mice exhibited impaired immune responses, including NF-κB and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activation, cell proliferation and cytokine production, to tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, polyI:C or lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation. Ymer Tg mice were more resistant to LPS-induced septic shock than wild-type mice. Transgene of Ymer inhibited the onset of glomerulonephritis in lpr/lpr mice as an autoimmune disease model. In contrast to the inflammatory immune response to LPS, Fas-mediated cell death was strongly induced in liver cells of Ymer Tg mice in which Ymer is abundantly expressed. These findings suggest that Ymer acts as a regulator downstream of several receptors and that Ymer functions as a positive or negative regulator in a signaling pathway-dependent manner.
doi:10.2119/molmed.2011.00435 pmid:22331027 fatcat:kc3dkgpg3jdzpmnggck7dgjkkm