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Mol Cell Neurosci. 2008 Jul;38(3):404-16. doi: 10.1016/j.mcn.2008.04.001. Epub 2008 Apr 16.

Ankyrin-rich membrane spanning protein plays a critical role in nuclear factor-kappa B signaling.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology,University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY 14642, USA.


Activation of nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB), a key feature of the neurotrophin signaling, has been shown to be critical for neuronal survival under pathologic settings. However, the precise mechanism by which neurotrophins activate NF-kappaB is not well understood. Here we report that the Ankyrin-rich Membrane Spanning (ARMS/Kidins220) protein, a novel transmembrane substrate of tropomyosin receptor kinase B (TrkB), plays an important role in NF-kappaB signaling elicited by brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Accordingly, depletion of ARMS by specific RNA interference, or disruption of ARMS-TrkB interaction with expression of dominant-negative ARMS mutant, abolished BDNF-induced signaling to NF-kappaB. Our data further suggests that ARMS may promote NF-kappaB signaling via activation of mitogen-activated kinase (MAPK) and IkappaB kinase (IKK), thereby facilitating phosphorylation of RelA (major NF-kappaB subunit) at an IKK-sensitive site. The results shown here identify ARMS as a major factor that links neurotrophin signaling to NF-kappaB.

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