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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2000 Jun 16;272(3):856-63.

Both amino- and carboxyl-terminal domains of TRAF3 negatively regulate NF-kappaB activation induced by OX40 signaling.

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  • 1Department of Hematology/Oncology, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan.


OX40 is a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNF-R) superfamily. We observed that overexpression of OX40 activated NF-kappaB, which was inhibited by dominant negative forms of TRAF2, NF-kappaB-inducing kinase (NIK), and IkappaB kinase (IKK) alpha. This indicates that OX40 signaling leads to NF-kappaB activation through the same cascade as TNF-R2. We then investigated the negative regulatory function of TRAF3 on OX40-induced NF-kappaB activation. TRAF3 blocked OX40-, TRAF2-induced NF-kappaB activation, but not NIK- and IKKalpha-induced NF-kappaB activation, indicating that TRAF3 blocks the pathway between TRAF2 and NIK. C-terminal deletion mutants as well as the N-terminal deletion mutant of TRAF3 inhibited NF-kappaB activation induced by OX40 or TRAF2. Since TRAF3 bound to OX40 through the C-terminal TRAF domain, the C-terminal domain is likely to work as a dominant negative mutant to compete the recruitment of TRAF2 to the receptor, which transmits the signal from OX40 to the downstream, NIK kinase. On the other hand, the N-terminal domain of TRAF3 seems to affect the downstream of TRAF2 binding. Thus, it is suggested that TRAF3 actively inhibits NF-kappaB activation induced by OX40.

Copyright 2000 Academic Press.

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