PRDM1/Blimp-1 Controls Effector Cytokine Production in Human NK Cells

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA.
The Journal of Immunology (Impact Factor: 4.92). 10/2010; 185(10):6058-67. DOI: 10.4049/jimmunol.1001682
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NK cells are major effectors of the innate immune response through cytolysis and bridge to the adaptive immune response through cytokine release. The mediators of activation are well studied; however, little is known about the mechanisms that restrain activation. In this report, we demonstrate that the transcriptional repressor PRDM1 (also known as Blimp-1 or PRDI-BF1) is a critical negative regulator of NK function. Three distinct PRDM1 isoforms are selectively induced in the CD56(dim) NK population in response to activation. PRDM1 coordinately suppresses the release of IFN-γ, TNF-α, and TNF-β through direct binding to multiple conserved regulatory regions. Ablation of PRDM1 expression leads to enhanced production of IFN-γ and TNF-α but does not alter cytotoxicity, whereas overexpression blocks cytokine production. PRDM1 response elements are defined at the IFNG and TNF loci. Collectively, these data demonstrate a key role for PRDM1 in the negative regulation of NK activation and position PRDM1 as a common regulator of the adaptive and innate immune response.

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    • "It was later determined to program the terminal differentiation of B cells into immunoglobulin-secreting plasma cells (Turner et al. 1994). PRDM1 has also been detected in a subset of diffuse large B cell lymphomas (Pasqualucci et al. 2006), macrophages (Chang et al. 2000) and natural killer cells (Smith et al. 2010). In addition, recent studies have implied that PRDM1 functions in regulating T cell activation and homeostasis (Martins et al. 2006). "
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    • "Then, we investigated the protein levels of Blimp-1. In this regard, three distinct Blimp-1 isoforms have been described: the active full-length α isoform (Blimp-1α), the β isoform (Blimp-1β) with a damped activity and the intermediate-sized Blimp-1αΔ isoform, reported to interfere negatively with Blimp-1α [33,34]. Notably, only Blimp-1α isoform was clearly detected in extracts derived from IFN-α DC at day 3 of differentiation (Figure 2B). "
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