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Bruton's tyrosine kinase mediates NF-kappa B activation and B cell survival by B cell-activating factor receptor of the TNF-R family. J Immunol 2007 Sep 15;179(6):3872-80



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2-s2.0-35748966698   53 Citations


Loss of Bruton's tyrosine kinase (Btk) function results in mouse Xid disease characterized by a reduction in mature B cells and impaired humoral immune responses. These defects have been mainly attributed to impaired BCR signaling including reduced activation of the classical NF-kappaB pathway. In this study we show that Btk also couples the receptor for B cell-activating factor (BAFF) of the TNF family (BAFF-R) to the NF-kappaB pathway. Loss of Btk results in defective BAFF-mediated activation of both classical and alternative NF-kappaB pathways. Btk appears to regulate directly the classical pathway in response to BAFF such that Btk-deficient B cells exhibit reduced kinase activity of IkappaB kinase gamma-containing complexes and defective IkappaBalpha degradation. In addition, Btk-deficient B cells produce reduced levels of NF-kappaB2 (p100) basally and in response to stimulation via the BCR or BAFF-R, resulting in impaired activation of the alternative NF-kappaB pathway by BAFF. These results suggest that Btk regulates B cell survival by directly regulating the classical NF-kappaB pathway under both BCR and BAFF-R, as well as by inducing the expression of the components of alternative pathway for sustained NF-kappaB activation in response BAFF. Thus, impaired BCR- and BAFF-induced signaling to NF-kappaB may contribute to the observed defects in B cell survival and humoral immune responses in Btk-deficient mice.

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Shinners NP, Carlesso G, Castro I, Hoek KL, Corn RA, Woodland RT, Scott ML, Wang D, Khan WN


Demin Wang PhD Assistant Professor in the Microbiology and Immunology department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

B-Cell Activation Factor Receptor
Cell Survival
Cells, Cultured
Mice, Inbred C57BL
Mice, Knockout
Mice, Mutant Strains
NF-kappa B
Protein-Tyrosine Kinases
Receptors, Antigen, B-Cell
Signal Transduction
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