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J Biol Chem. 1999 Apr 9;274(15):10203-12.

Inhibition of receptor internalization by monodansylcadaverine selectively blocks p55 tumor necrosis factor receptor death domain signaling.

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  • 1Institute of Immunology, University of Kiel, 24105 Kiel, Germany.


The 55-kDa receptor for tumor necrosis factor (TR55) triggers multiple signaling cascades initiated by adapter proteins like TRADD and FAN. By use of the primary amine monodansylcadaverine (MDC), we addressed the functional role of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor internalization for intracellular signal distribution. We show that MDC does not prevent the interaction of the p55 TNF receptor (TR55) with FAN and TRADD. Furthermore, the activation of plasmamembrane-associated neutral sphingomyelinase activation as well as the stimulation of proline-directed protein kinases were not affected in MDC-treated cells. In contrast, activation of signaling enzymes that are linked to the "death domain" of TR55, like acid sphingomyelinase and c-Jun-N-terminal protein kinase as well as TNF signaling of apoptosis in U937 and L929 cells, are blocked in the presence of MDC. The results of our study suggest a role of TR55 internalization for the activation of select TR55 death domain signaling pathways including those leading to apoptosis.

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