The role of ubiquitylation in immune defence and pathogen evasion

ArticleinNature Reviews Immunology 12(1):35-48 · December 2011with20 Reads
DOI: 10.1038/nri3111 · Source: PubMed
Ubiquitylation is a widely used post-translational protein modification that regulates many biological processes, including immune responses. The role of ubiquitin in immune regulation was originally uncovered through studies of antigen presentation and the nuclear factor-κB family of transcription factors, which orchestrate host defence against microorganisms. Recent studies have revealed crucial roles of ubiquitylation in many aspects of the immune system, including innate and adaptive immunity and antimicrobial autophagy. In addition, mounting evidence indicates that microbial pathogens exploit the ubiquitin pathway to evade the host immune system. Here, we review recent advances on the role of ubiquitylation in host defence and pathogen evasion.
    • "After RLR stimulation, TBK1 activation is initiated at the mitochondria through the essential adaptor MAVS [2, 6]. However, active TBK1 was detected at the Golgi apparatus following Sendai virus infection suggesting the targeting of TBK1 to this organelle. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background After viral infection and the stimulation of some pattern-recognition receptors, TANK-binding kinase I (TBK1) is activated by K63-linked polyubiquitination followed by trans-autophosphorylation. While the activated TBK1 induces type I interferon production by phosphorylating the transcription factor IRF3, the precise molecular mechanisms underlying TBK1 activation remain unclear. ResultsWe report here the localization of the ubiquitinated and phosphorylated active form of TBK1 to the Golgi apparatus after the stimulation of RIG-I-like receptors (RLRs) or Toll-like receptor-3 (TLR3), due to TBK1 K63-linked ubiquitination on lysine residues 30 and 401. The ubiquitin-binding protein optineurin (OPTN) recruits ubiquitinated TBK1 to the Golgi apparatus, leading to the formation of complexes in which TBK1 is activated by trans-autophosphorylation. Indeed, OPTN deficiency in various cell lines and primary cells impairs TBK1 targeting to the Golgi apparatus and its activation following RLR or TLR3 stimulation. Interestingly, the Bluetongue virus NS3 protein binds OPTN at the Golgi apparatus, neutralizing its activity and thereby decreasing TBK1 activation and downstream signaling. Conclusions Our results highlight an unexpected role of the Golgi apparatus in innate immunity as a key subcellular gateway for TBK1 activation after RNA virus infection.
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    • "Stimulation of these receptors triggers assembly of multi-protein signaling complexes where Ub ligases and deubiquitinases (DUBs) coordinate the deposition of Ub chains linked via lysine 63 (Lys63-Ub) and methionine 1 (Met1-Ub) on protein substrates to orchestrate activation of the TAB-TAK1 and NEMO-IKKa/b kinase complexes, respectively. Activation of IKK is required for productive signaling and NF-kB-mediated transcriptional responses , and its activation depends on the binding of Met1-Ub by the IKK subunit NEMO (also known as IKKg) (Fiil and GyrdHansen, 2014; Jiang and Chen, 2011). Met1-Ub is conjugated by the linear ubiquitin chain assembly complex (LUBAC), composed of HOIP, HOIL-1, and SHARPIN, which has emerged as an important Ub ligase activity in innate immune signaling and immune regulation (Boisson et al., 2012Boisson et al., , 2015 Damgaard et al., 2012; Gerlach et al., 2011; Ikeda et al., 2011; Kirisako et al., 2006; Tokunaga et al., 2011). "
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    • "An alternative use of the acquired mosquito-originated polyubiquitin gene could be that Z. culisetae uses it as a defense against bacteria, viruses, or other microbes that coexist in the insect guts, whether for its own competitive advantage or as an ally of the host. Recent research has shown that polyubiquitin has important roles in regulating the hosts' immune and inflammatory responses (Jiang and Chen 2012; Severo et al. 2013) and is able to target nonself-entities (i.e., microbial pathogens) and assist selective autophagy (Collins and Brown 2010; Jiang Wang et al. . doi:10.1093/molbev/msw126 "
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