Essential role for IKKγ/NEMO in TCR-induced IL-2 expression in Jurkat T cells

Kai Li He, Adrian T. Ting

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The control of IL-2 gene expression in T cells by multiple transcriptional factors has been extensively explored, however, the role of the NF-κB signaling pathway in TCR-dependent IL-2 production still remains unclear. In this study, we used a somatic cell genetics approach to address this question. Triggering TCR in mutant Jurkat T cells lacking IKKγ/NEMO failed to induce IL-2 due to a selective loss in I-κB kinase activity, I-κBα degradation and NF-κB DNA-binding activity. The AP-1 and NF-AT binding activities in the IL-2 promoter were comparable between wild-type and mutant T cells. These defects in the mutant cell line were rescued by the reintroduction of exogenous IKKγ. Taken together, our data demonstrate that IKKγ plays an essential role in TCR-induced signaling pathways leading to IL-2 expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1917-1924
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Immunology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003


  • IKKγ
  • IL-2
  • NEMO
  • NF-κB
  • Signaling
  • TCR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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