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Biochem J. 2009 Apr 1;419(1):185-92, 2 p following 192. doi: 10.1042/BJ20081212.

Palmitoylation of the TRAIL receptor DR4 confers an efficient TRAIL-induced cell death signalling.

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CNRS UMR 6543, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Institute of Developmental Biology and Cancer Research, Nice, France.


S-palmitoylation is a lipid modification that regulates membrane-protein association and influences protein trafficking, stability or aggregation, thus playing an important role in protein signalling. We previously demonstrated that the palmitoylation of Fas, one of the DD (death domain)-containing members of the TNFR [TNF (tumour necrosis factor) receptor] superfamily, is essential for the redistribution of this receptor into lipid rafts, an obligatory step for the death signal transmission. Here we investigate the requirement of protein palmitoylation in the activities of other DD-containing death receptors. We show that DR4 is palmitoylated, whereas DR5 and TNFR1 are not. Furthermore, DR4 palmitoylation is required for its raft localization and its ability to oligomerize, two essential features in TRAIL (TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand)-induced death signal transmission.

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