IRAK-M Is a Negative Regulator of Toll-like Receptor Signaling


Toll-like receptors (TLRs) detect microorganisms and protect multicellular organisms from infection. TLRs transduce their signals through MyD88 and the serine/threonine kinase IRAK. The IRAK family consists of two active kinases, IRAK and IRAK-4, and two inactive kinases, IRAK-2 and IRAK-M. IRAK-M expression is restricted to monocytes/macrophages, whereas other IRAKs are ubiquitous. We show here that IRAK-M is induced upon TLR stimulation and negatively regulates TLR signaling. IRAK-M prevented dissociation of IRAK and IRAK-4 from MyD88 and formation of IRAK-TRAF6 complexes. IRAK-M(-/-) cells exhibited increased cytokine production upon TLR/IL-1 stimulation and bacterial challenge, and IRAK-M(-/-) mice showed increased inflammatory responses to bacterial infection. Endotoxin tolerance, a protection mechanism against endotoxin shock, was significantly reduced in IRAK-M(-/-) cells. Thus, IRAK-M regulates TLR signaling and innate immune homeostasis.

DOI: 10.1016/S0092-8674(02)00827-9

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@article{Kobayashi2002IRAKMIA, title={IRAK-M Is a Negative Regulator of Toll-like Receptor Signaling}, author={Koichi Kobayashi and Lorraine D. Hernandez and Jorge E. Gal{\'a}n and Charles A . Janeway and Ruslan Medzhitov and Richard A Flavell}, journal={Cell}, year={2002}, volume={110}, pages={191-202} }