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J Biol Chem. 2011 Jun 17;286(24):21555-64. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M111.224048. Epub 2011 Apr 29.

A20 is induced by Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus-encoded viral FLICE inhibitory protein (vFLIP) K13 and blocks K13-induced nuclear factor-kappaB in a negative feedback manner.

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  • 1Jane Ann Nohl Division of Hematology and Center for the Study of Blood Diseases, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California 90033, USA.


Expression of A20, a negative regulator of the NF-κB pathway, is frequently lost in several subtypes of Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. We report that A20 is expressed in Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV)-infected primary effusion lymphoma cell lines, and its expression correlates closely with the expression of KSHV-encoded viral FLICE inhibitory protein K13. Ectopic expression of K13 induced A20 expression through NF-κB-mediated activation of A20 promoter. In turn, A20 blocked K13-induced NF-κB activity and up-regulation of proinflammatory cytokines CCL20 and IL-8 in a negative feedback fashion. Both the N-terminal deubiquitinating domain and the C-terminal zinc finger domain of A20 were involved in the inhibition of K13-induced NF-κB activity. Overexpression of A20 blocked K13-induced IκBα phosphorylation, NF-κB nuclear translocation, and cellular transformation. Consistent with the above, K13-induced IκBα phosphorylation and NF-κB transcriptional activation were enhanced in A20-deficient cells. Finally, A20 was found to interact physically with K13. Taken collectively, these results demonstrate that K13 is a key determinant of A20 expression in KSHV-infected cells, and A20 is a key negative regulator of K13-induced NF-κB activity. A20 might serve to control the inflammatory response to KSHV infection and protect KSHV-infected cells from apoptosis.

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