Steve Gerondakis

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The c-rel proto-oncogene, which is expressed predominantly in hemopoietic cells encodes a subunit of the NF-kappa B-like family of transcription factors. In mice with an inactivated c-rel gene, whereas development of cells from all hemopoietic lineages appeared normal, humoral immunity was impaired and mature B and T cells were found to be unresponsive to(More)
Mitogen-activated protein kinases facilitate many cellular processes and are essential for immune cell function. Their activity is controlled by kinases and dual-specificity phosphatases. A comprehensive microarray analysis of human leukocytes identified DUSP2 (encoding the phosphatase PAC-1) as one of the most highly induced transcripts in activated immune(More)
During thymopoiesis, a unique program of gene expression promotes the development of CD4 regulatory T (T reg) cells. Although Foxp3 maintains a pattern of gene expression necessary for T reg cell function, other transcription factors are emerging as important determinants of T reg cell development. We show that the NF-kappaB transcription factor c-Rel is(More)
In response to different extracellular signals, Rel/NF-kappaB transcription factors are critical regulators of apoptosis in a variety of cell types. Here we show that in normal B and T cells, expression of the Bcl-2 prosurvival homolog, A1, is rapidly induced in a Rel-dependent manner by mitogens. In B-cell lines derived from c-rel-/- mice, which like(More)
Toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling leads to the activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase and nuclear factor-kappaB signaling pathways. While the upstream signaling events initiated at the level of adaptors and the activation of the downstream signaling pathways have received a lot of attention, our understanding of how these signaling pathways are(More)
The nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) signalling pathway serves a crucial role in regulating the transcriptional responses of physiological processes that include cell division, cell survival, differentiation, immunity and inflammation. Here we outline studies using mouse models in which the core components of the NF-kappaB pathway, namely the IkappaB(More)
Rel and RelA, individually dispensable for lymphopoiesis, serve unique functions in activated B and T cells. Here their combined roles in lymphocyte development were examined in chimeric mice repopulated with c-rel(-/-) rela(-/-) fetal liver hemopoietic stem cells. Mice engrafted with double-mutant cells lacked mature IgM(lo)IgD(hi) B cells, and numbers of(More)
The activation of B and T cells by a wide range of stimuli can rapidly induce specific gene expression via a mechanism that promotes the nuclear translocation of different Rel/nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappa B) transcription factors which are normally resident in the cytoplasm. Recent findings highlight the crucial roles of specific Rel/NF-kappa B family(More)
It is well established that the NF-kappaB family of transcription factors serves a major role in controlling gene expression in response to T cell activation, but the genome-wide roles of individual family members remain to be determined. c-Rel, a member of the NF-kappaB family, appears to play a specific role in T cell function because T cells from(More)
Rel/NF-κB transcription factors regulate inflammatory and immune responses. Despite possible subunit redundancy, NF-κB1-deficient (Nfkb1(-/-)) mice were profoundly protected from sterile CD4 T cell-dependent acute inflammatory arthritis and peritonitis. We evaluated CD4 T cell function in Nfkb1(-/-) mice and found increased apoptosis and selectively reduced(More)