Early Lethality, Functional NF-κB Activation, and Increased Sensitivity to TNF-Induced Cell Death in TRAF2-Deficient Mice

Amgen Institute, Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Immunity (Impact Factor: 21.56). 12/1997; 7(5):715-25. DOI: 10.1016/S1074-7613(00)80391-X
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TRAF2 is an intracellular signal-transducing protein recruited to the TNFR1 and TNFR2 receptors following TNF stimulation. To investigate the physiological role of TRAF2, we generated TRAF2-deficient mice. traf2-/- mice appeared normal at birth but became progressively runted and died prematurely. Atrophy of the thymus and spleen and depletion of B cell precursors also were observed. Thymocytes and other hematopoietic progenitors were highly sensitive to TNF-induced cell death and serum TNF levels were elevated in these TRAF2-deficient animals. Examination of traf2-/- cells revealed a severe reduction in TNF-mediated JNK/SAPK activation but a mild effect on NF-kappaB activation. These results suggest that TRAF2-independent pathways of NF-kappaB activation exist and that TRAF2 is required for an NF-kappaB-independent signal that protects against TNF-induced apoptosis.

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