Qian Y, Liu C, Hartupee J et al.The adaptor Act1 is required for interleukin 17-dependent signaling associated with autoimmune and inflammatory disease. Nat Immunol 8:247-256

Department of Immunology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio 44195, USA.
Nature Immunology (Impact Factor: 20). 04/2007; 8(3):247-56. DOI: 10.1038/ni1439
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T helper cells that produce interleukin 17 (IL-17) are associated with inflammation and the control of certain bacteria. We report here the essential involvement of the adaptor protein Act1 in IL-17 receptor (IL-17R) signaling and IL-17-dependent immune responses. After stimulation with IL-17, recruitment of Act1 to IL-17R required the IL-17R conserved cytoplasmic 'SEFIR' domain, followed by recruitment of the kinase TAK1 and E3 ubiquitin ligase TRAF6, which mediate 'downstream' activation of transcription factor NF-kappaB. IL-17-induced expression of inflammation-related genes was abolished in Act1-deficient primary astroglial and gut epithelial cells. This reduction was associated with much less inflammatory disease in vivo in both autoimmune encephalomyelitis and dextran sodium sulfate-induced colitis. Our data show that Act1 is essential in IL-17-dependent signaling in autoimmune and inflammatory disease.

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    • "IL-17 associates with its receptor heterodimers (IL- 17RA and IL-17RC) to activate downstream signaling pathways (Toy et al., 2006; Wright et al., 2008). Act1 is an essential signaling molecule bridging the IL-17 receptors with the downstream signaling pathways (Chang et al., 2006; Qian et al., 2007). IL-17 signaling has been shown to be tightly regulated (Qu et al., 2012; Shi et al., 2011; Song and Qian, 2013; Zhu et al., 2010). "
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    • "Because IL-17 is important in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) pathogenesis, a model of multiple sclerosis, the effect of Act1 was assessed on a mouse model of EAE. Interestingly, Act1-deficient mice showed a delay in the onset of neurological impairment and had much lower severity compared to wild-type mice (151). "
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    • "IL-17A signals through a heteromeric receptor complex, consisting of IL-17R (IL-17RA) and IL-17RC, which are single-pass transmembrane proteins and ubiquitously expressed in various cell types including epithelial cells and fibroblasts [29]. Recently, a novel signaling molecule, act1, was found to be a key component in IL-17A signaling [30]. The act1 gene was first cloned as an NF-κB activator. "
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