Author(s): Tseng PH, Matsuzawa A, Zhang W, Mino T, Vignali DA,
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Abstract Balanced production of type I interferons and proinflammatory cytokines after engagement of Toll-like receptors (TLRs), which signal through adaptors containing a Toll-interleukin 1 receptor (TIR) domain, such as MyD88 and TRIF, has been proposed to control the pathogenesis of autoimmune disease and tumor responses to inflammation. Here we show that TRAF3, a ubiquitin ligase that interacts with both MyD88 and TRIF, regulated the production of interferon and proinflammatory cytokines in different ways. Degradative ubiquitination of TRAF3 during MyD88-dependent TLR signaling was essential for the activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) and production of inflammatory cytokines. In contrast, TRIF-dependent signaling triggered noncanonical TRAF3 self-ubiquitination that activated the interferon response. Inhibition of degradative ubiquitination of TRAF3 prevented the expression of all proinflammatory cytokines without affecting the interferon response.
This article was published in Nat Immunol
and referenced in Journal of Cytology & Histology