Tuning up inflammation: How DNA sequence and chromatin organization control the induction of inflammatory genes by NF-κB

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Abstract

NF-κB is a collective name given to a family of ubiquitous transcription factors (TFs) activated in response to inflammatory stimuli and environmental stressors, and required for the activation of many crucial inflammatory and immune response genes. NF-κB is activated by degradation of its cytoplasmic anchors, the IκBs, and subsequent nuclear translocation and accumulation. Once entered in the nucleus NF-κB activates transcription of hundreds of genes; however, each inflammatory gene must be expressed and turned off with peculiar kinetics that suit its specific function. Chromatin organization plays a major role in controlling the kinetics of NF-κB recruitment to target genes and it represents an integration point mediating TF cooperativity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2843-2849
Number of pages7
JournalFEBS Letters
Volume580
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 22 2006

Keywords

  • Chromatin
  • Inflammation
  • NF-κB
  • Transcription

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology

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