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Involvement of double-stranded RNA-activated protein kinase in the synergistic activation of nuclear factor-kappaB by tumor necrosis factor-alpha and gamma-interferon in preneuronal cells

Involvement of double-stranded RNA-activated protein kinase in the synergistic activation of nuclear factor-kappaB by tumor necrosis factor-alpha and gamma-interferon in preneuronal cells

Journal of Biological Chemistry 274(8): 4801-4806

Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) and gamma-interferon (IFN-gamma) cooperate during a variety of biological responses and ultimately synergistically enhance the expression of genes involved in immune and inflammatory responses. Recently, we demonstrated that IFN-gamma can significantly potentiate TNF-alpha-induced nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB nuclear translocation in neuronal derived and endothelial cell lines. The mechanism by which these two cytokines exert their synergistic effect on NF-kappaB involves the de novo degradation of the NF-kappaB inhibitor, IkappaBbeta. The double-stranded RNA-dependent kinase PKR is IFN-inducible and has been implicated in the activation of NF-kappaB; therefore, we examined the possibility that PKR may play a role in the synergistic activation of NF-kappaB during TNF-alpha/IFN-gamma cotreatment. The PKR inhibitor 2-aminopurine (2-AP) inhibited TNF-alpha/IFN-gamma-induced NF-kappaB nuclear translocation in neuronal derived cells but not in endothelial cells. The induced degradation of IkappaBbeta, which is normally observed upon TNF-alpha/IFN-gamma cotreatment, was blocked completely by 2-AP in neuronal derived cells. Also, 2-AP treatment or overexpression of a catalytically inactive PKR inhibited the TNF-alpha/IFN-gamma-induced synergistic activation of kappaB-dependent gene expression. Our results suggest that the signal generated by IFN-gamma during TNF-alpha/IFN-gamma cotreatment may require PKR to elicit enhanced NF-kappaB activity, and this signal may affect the stability of the IkappaBbeta protein.

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