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Direct Evidence for Involvement of NF-kappaB in Transcriptional Activation of Tumor Necrosis Factor by a Spirochetal Lipoprotein

Abstract

Variable major lipoprotein (Vmp) is a major tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-inducing component of Borrelia recurrentis, the agent of louse-borne relapsing fever. B. recurrentis Vmp rapidly stimulates nuclear translocation of NF-kappaB and proinflammatory cytokine gene expression in the human monocyte-like cell line MonoMac 6. By overexpressing disabled mutant IkappaBalpha in MonoMac 6 cells cotransfected with a reporter gene, we provide evidence that NF-kappaB is essential for the transcriptional activation of TNF in this system.

Authors: Udalova IA, Vidal V, Scragg IG, Kwiatkowski D
Journal: Infect Immun 68: 5447-5449
Year: 2000
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