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Nat Immunol. 2005 Nov;6(11):1087-95. Epub 2005 Sep 25.

Essential function for the kinase TAK1 in innate and adaptive immune responses.

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  • 1Akira Innate Immunity Project, Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology, Japan Science and Technology Agency.

Abstract

Transforming growth factor-beta-activated kinase 1 (TAK1) has been linked to interleukin 1 receptor and tumor necrosis factor receptor signaling. Here we generated mouse strains with conditional expression of a Map3k7 allele encoding part of TAK1. TAK1-deficient embryonic fibroblasts demonstrated loss of responses to interleukin 1beta and tumor necrosis factor. Studies of mice with B cell-specific TAK1 deficiency showed that TAK1 was indispensable for cellular responses to Toll-like receptor ligands, CD40 and B cell receptor crosslinking. In addition, antigen-induced immune responses were considerably impaired in mice with B cell-specific TAK1 deficiency. TAK1-deficient cells failed to activate transcription factor NF-kappaB and mitogen-activated protein kinases in response to interleukin 1beta, tumor necrosis factor and Toll-like receptor ligands. However, TAK1-deficient B cells were able to activate NF-kappaB but not the kinase Jnk in response to B cell receptor stimulation. These results collectively indicate that TAK1 is key in the cellular response to a variety of stimuli.

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