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F1000Prime Rep. 2014 Nov 4;6:97. doi: 10.12703/P6-97. eCollection 2014.

MyD88: a central player in innate immune signaling.

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Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720-3200 USA.


MyD88 is the canonical adaptor for inflammatory signaling pathways downstream of members of the Toll-like receptor (TLR) and interleukin-1 (IL-1) receptor families. MyD88 links IL-1 receptor (IL-1R) or TLR family members to IL-1R-associated kinase (IRAK) family kinases via homotypic protein-protein interaction. Activation of IRAK family kinases leads to a variety of functional outputs, including the activation of nuclear factor-kappa B (NFκB), mitogen-activated protein kinases, and activator protein 1, making MyD88 a central node of inflammatory pathways. As more details of MyD88-dependent signaling have been elucidated, it has become clear that the functions of this critical signaling component can be influenced by multiple interaction partners in distinct subcellular compartments. In this review, we will focus on recent developments in the understanding of the assembly of MyD88 signaling complexes and the mechanisms leading to the diversification of MyD88-based signaling.

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