NF-kappaB1 and c-Rel cooperate to promote the survival of TLR4-activated B cells by neutralizing Bim via distinct mechanisms

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The nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) pathway is crucial for the survival of B cells stimulated through Toll-like receptors (TLRs). Here, we show that the heightened death of TLR4-activated nfkb1(-/-) B cells is the result of a failure of the Tpl(2)/MEK/ERK pathway to phosphorylate the proapo-ptotic BH3-only protein Bim and target it for degradation. ERK inactivation of Bim after TLR4 stimulation is accompanied by an increase in A1/Bim and Bcl-x(L)/Bim complexes that we propose represents a c-Rel-dependent mechanism for neutralizing Bim. Together these findings establish that optimal survival of TLR4-activated B cells depends on the NF-kappaB pathway neutralizing Bim through a combination of Bcl-2 prosurvival protein induction and Tpl2/ERK-dependent Bim phosphorylation and degradation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5063 - 5073
Number of pages11
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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