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FAN, a novel WD-repeat protein, couples the p55 TNF-receptor to neutral sphingomyelinase.

Cell | Sep 20, 1996

The initiation of intracellular signaling events through the 55 kDa tumor necrosis factor-receptor (TNF-R55) appears to depend on protein intermediates that interact with specific cytoplasmic domains of TNF-R55. By combined use of the yeast interaction trap system and a peptide scanning library, the novel WD-repeat protein FAN has been identified, which specifically binds to a cytoplasmic nine amino acid binding motif of TNF-R55. This region has been previously recognized as a distinct functional domain that is both required and sufficient for the activation of neutral sphingomyelinase (N-SMase). Overexpression of full-length FAN enhanced N-SMase activity in TNF-treated cells, while truncated mutants of FAN produced dominant negative effects. The data suggest that FAN regulates ceramide production by N-SMase, which is a crucial step in TNF signaling.

Pubmed ID: 8808629 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Amino Acid Sequence | Animals | Antigens, CD | Binding Sites | COS Cells | Humans | Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins | Jurkat Cells | Molecular Sequence Data | Molecular Structure | Peptide Mapping | Proteins | Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor | Receptors, Tumor Necrosis Factor, Type I | Saccharomyces cerevisiae | Sequence Deletion | Signal Transduction | Sphingomyelin Phosphodiesterase

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