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Science. 2002 Jul 26;297(5581):623-6.

A conserved p38 MAP kinase pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans innate immunity.

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Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02114, USA.

Abstract

A genetic screen for Caenorhabditis elegans mutants with enhanced susceptibility to killing by Pseudomonas aeruginosa led to the identification of two genes required for pathogen resistance: sek-1, which encodes a mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase kinase, and nsy-1, which encodes a MAP kinase kinase kinase. RNA interference assays and biochemical analysis established that a p38 ortholog, pmk-1, functions as the downstream MAP kinase required for pathogen defense. These data suggest that this MAP kinase signaling cassette represents an ancient feature of innate immune responses in evolutionarily diverse species.

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12142542
DOI:
10.1126/science.1073759
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