The protein kinase C-responsive inhibitory domain of CARD11 functions in NF-κB activation to regulate the association of multiple signaling cofactors that differentially depend on Bcl10 and MALT1 for association

Ryan R. McCully, Joel L. Pomerantz

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Abstract

The activation of NF-κB by T-cell receptor (TCR) signaling is critical for T-cell activation during the adaptive immune response. CARD11 is a multidomain adapter that is required for TCR signaling to the IκB kinase (IKK) complex. During TCR signaling, the region in CARD11 between the coiled-coil and PDZ domains is phosphorylated by protein kinase Cθ (PKCθ) in a required step in NF-κB activation. In this report, we demonstrate that this region functions as an inhibitory domain (ID) that controls the association of CARD11 with multiple signaling cofactors, including Bcl10, TRAF6, TAK1, IKKγ, and caspase-8, through an interaction that requires both the caspase recruitment domain (CARD) and the coiled-coil domain. Consistent with the ID-mediated control of their association, we demonstrate that TRAF6 and caspase-8 associate with CARD11 in T cells in a signal-inducible manner. Using an RNA interference rescue assay, we demonstrate that the CARD, linker 1, coiled-coil, linker 3, SH3, linker 4, and GUK domains are each required for TCR signaling to NF-κB downstream of ID neutralization. Requirements for the CARD, linker 1, and coiled-coil domains in signaling are consistent with their roles in the association of CARD11 with Bcl10, TRAF6, TAK1, caspase-8, and IKKγ. Using Bcl10- and MALT1-deficient cells, we show that CARD11 can recruit signaling cofactors independently of one another in a signal-inducible manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5668-5686
Number of pages19
JournalMolecular and cellular biology
Volume28
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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