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The zinc finger protein A20 inhibits TNF-induced NF-kappaB-dependent gene expression by interfering with an RIP- or TRAF2-mediated transactivation signal and directly binds to a novel NF-kappaB-inhibiting protein ABIN.

The zinc finger protein A20 is a tumor necrosis factor (TNF)- and interleukin 1 (IL-1)-inducible protein that negatively regulates nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappaB)-dependent gene expression. However, the molecular mechanism by which A20 exerts this effect is still unclear. We show that A20 does not inhibit TNF- induced nuclear translocation and DNA binding of NF-kappaB, although it completely prevents the TNF- induced activation of an NF-kappaB-dependent reporter gene, as well as TNF-induced IL-6 and granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor gene expression. Moreover, NF-kappaB activation induced by overexpression of the TNF receptor-associated proteins TNF receptor-associated death domain protein (TRADD), receptor interacting protein (RIP), and TNF recep- tor-associated factor 2 (TRAF2) was also inhibited by expression of A20, whereas NF-kappaB activation induced by overexpression of NF-kappaB-inducing kinase (NIK) or the human T cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) Tax was unaffected. These results demonstrate that A20 inhibits NF-kappaB-dependent gene expression by interfering with a novel TNF-induced and RIP- or TRAF2-mediated pathway that is different from the NIK-IkappaB kinase pathway and that is specifically involved in the transactivation of NF-kappaB. Via yeast two-hybrid screening, we found that A20 binds to a novel protein, ABIN, which mimics the NF-kappaB inhibiting effects of A20 upon overexpression, suggesting that the effect of A20 is mediated by its interaction with this NF-kappaB inhibiting protein, ABIN.

Pubmed ID: 10385526


  • Heyninck K
  • De Valck D
  • Vanden Berghe W
  • Van Criekinge W
  • Contreras R
  • Fiers W
  • Haegeman G
  • Beyaert R


The Journal of cell biology

Publication Data

June 28, 1999

Associated Grants


Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinases
  • Carrier Proteins
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Nucleus
  • Cysteine Endopeptidases
  • DNA
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Enzyme Activation
  • Gene Products, tax
  • Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor
  • Humans
  • Interleukin-6
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Mice
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • NF-kappa B
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
  • Proteins
  • Receptor-Interacting Protein Serine-Threonine Kinases
  • Signal Transduction
  • TNF Receptor-Associated Death Domain Protein
  • TNF Receptor-Associated Factor 1
  • TNF Receptor-Associated Factor 2
  • Trans-Activators
  • Transcriptional Activation
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor-Associated Peptides and Proteins
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
  • Yeasts
  • Zinc Fingers
  • p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases