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Association of beta-arrestin and TRAF6 negatively regulates Toll-like receptor-interleukin 1 receptor signaling.

Wang Y., Tang Y., Teng L., Wu Y., Zhao X., Pei G.

Tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6) is critical for mediating Toll-like receptor (TLR)-interleukin 1 receptor (IL-1R) signaling and subsequent activation of NF-kappaB and AP-1, transcriptional activators of innate immunity. Here we show that beta-arrestins, a family of multifunctional proteins, directly interacted with TRAF6 after TLR-IL-1R activation. Formation of the beta-arrestin-TRAF6 complex prevented autoubiquitination of TRAF6 and activation of NF-kappaB and AP-1. Endotoxin-treated beta-arrestin 2-deficient mice had higher expression of proinflammatory cytokines and were more susceptible to endotoxic shock. Thus, beta-arrestins are essential negative regulators of innate immune activation via TLR-IL-1R signaling.

Nat. Immunol. 7:139-147(2006) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]

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