TLR4-NFkB-phospho-NF-kB signaling in BMDM

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The model was constructed to describe TLR4 induced NF-κB activation in native bone marrow-derived macrophages. It included processes of ligand (lipopolysaccharide) recognition, formation of dimer receptor complex and further signal transduction through TRAF6/TAK1 complex that leads to the activation of IKKα/β kinase, which in turn enables the NF-κB transcription factor phosphorylation and translocation in the cell nucleus, and induction of IkB and WIP1 (as an example of induced protein that promotes NF-κB dephosphorylation 2) gene transcription. Models were based on the current knowledge of TLR signaling framework, protein interactions within the TLR4 pathway, and up-to-date mathematical models describing Toll receptor activation. The major important additions were made to TLR4 signaling description: 1) Receptor dimerization process 2) The existence of a basal nuclear NF-κB level (translocation) 3) NF-κB phosphorylation by IKK complex

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  • Elevated pre-activation basal level of nuclear NF-κB in native macrophages accelerates LPS-induced translocation of cytosolic NF-κB into the cell nucleus.
  • Alexander, Garaeva AY, Lebedeva ES, Pichugin AV, Ataullakhanov RI, Ataullakhanov FI
  • Scientific reports , 3/ 2019 , Volume 9 , Issue 1 , pages: 4563
  • National Research Center - Institute of Immunology Federal Medical-Biological Agency of Russia, Moscow, Russia.
  • Signaling via Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in macrophages constitutes an essential part of the innate immune response to bacterial infections. Detailed and quantified descriptions of TLR4 signal transduction would help to understand and exploit the first-line response of innate immune defense. To date, most mathematical modelling studies were performed on transformed cell lines. However, properties of primary macrophages differ significantly. We therefore studied TLR4-dependent activation of NF-κB transcription factor in bone marrow-derived and peritoneal primary macrophages. We demonstrate that the kinetics of NF-κB phosphorylation and nuclear translocation induced by a wide range of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) concentrations in primary macrophages is much faster than previously reported for macrophage cell lines. We used a comprehensive combination of experiments and mathematical modeling to understand the mechanisms of this rapid response. We found that elevated basal NF-κB in the nuclei of primary macrophages is a mechanism increasing native macrophage sensitivity and response speed to the infection. Such pre-activated state of macrophages accelerates the NF-κB translocation kinetics in response to low agonist concentrations. These findings enabled us to refine and construct a new model combining both NF-κB phosphorylation and translocation processes and predict the existence of a negative feedback loop inactivating phosphorylated NF-κB.

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  • Model originally submitted by : Alexander
  • Submitted: 27-Mar-2019 13:08:11
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    • Submitted on: 27-Mar-2019 13:08:11
    • Submitted by: Alexander
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