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Severe liver degeneration and lack of NF-kappaB activation in NEMO/IKKgamma-deficient mice.

Genes & development | Apr 1, 2000

Phosphorylation of IkappaB, an inhibitor of NF-kappaB, is an important step in the activation of the transcription factor NF-kappaB. Phosphorylation is mediated by the IkappaB kinase (IKK) complex, known to contain two catalytic subunits: IKKalpha and IKKbeta. A novel, noncatalytic component of this kinase complex called NEMO (NF-kappaB essential modulator)/IKKgamma was identified recently. We have generated NEMO/IKKgamma-deficient mice by gene targeting. Mutant embryos die at E12.5-E13.0 from severe liver damage due to apoptosis. NEMO/IKKgamma-deficient primary murine embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) lack detectable NF-kappaB DNA-binding activity in response to TNFalpha, IL-1, LPS, and Poly(IC) and do not show stimulus-dependent IkappaB kinase activity, which correlates with a lack of phosphorylation and degradation of IkappaBalpha. Consistent with these data, mutant MEFs show increased sensitivity to TNFalpha-induced apoptosis. Our data provide in vivo evidence that NEMO/IKKgamma is the first essential, noncatalytic component of the IKK complex.

Pubmed ID: 10766741 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Animals | Apoptosis | Cell Survival | Cells, Cultured | Embryo, Mammalian | Fetal Death | Fibroblasts | I-kappa B Kinase | Liver | Mice | Mice, Knockout | NF-kappa B | Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases | Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha

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