SCFFbw7 Modulates the NFκB Signaling Pathway by Targeting NFκB2 for Ubiquitination and Destruction

Hidefumi Fukushima, Akinobu Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Inuzuka, Bo Zhai, Alan W. Lau, Lixin Wan, Daming Gao, Shavali Shaik, Min Yuan, Steven P. Gygi, Eijiro Jimi, John M. Asara, Keiko Nakayama, Keiichi I. Nakayama, Wenyi Wei

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Abstract

The NFκB/Rel family of proteins play critical roles in a variety of cellular processes. Thus, their physiological activation is tightly controlled. Recently, the NFκB2/p100 precursor has been characterized as the fourth IκB type of suppressor for NFκB. However, the molecular mechanism(s) underlying regulated destruction of NFκB2 remains largely unknown. Here, we report that, unlike other IκBs, ubiquitination and destruction of NFκB2 are governed by SCFFbw7 in a GSK3-dependent manner. In Fbw7-/- cells, elevated expression of NFκB2/p100 leads to a subsequent reduction in NFκB signaling pathways and elevated sensitivity to TNFα-induced cell death. Reintroducing wild-type Fbw7, but not disease-derived mutant forms of Fbw7, rescues NFκB activity. Furthermore, T cell-specific depletion of Fbw7 also leads to reduced NFκB activity and perturbed T cell differentiation. Therefore, our work identifies Fbw7 as a physiological E3 ligase controlling NFκB2@s stability. It further implicates that Fbw7 might exert its tumor-suppressor function by regulating NFκB activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)434-443
Number of pages10
JournalCell Reports
Volume1
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 31 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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