c-jun N-terminal kinase is involved in AUUUA-mediated interleukin-3 mRNA turnover in mast cells

Ming, X. F. and Kaiser, M. and Moroni, C.. (1998) c-jun N-terminal kinase is involved in AUUUA-mediated interleukin-3 mRNA turnover in mast cells. The EMBO journal, Vol. 17, H. 20. pp. 6039-6048.

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Whereas signalling pathways involved in transcriptional control have been studied extensively, the pathways regulating mRNA turnover remain poorly understood. We are interested in the role of mRNA stability in cell activation and oncogenesis using PB-3c mast cells as a model system. In these cells the short-lived interleukin-3 (IL-3) mRNA is stabilized by ionomycin treatment and following oncogenesis. To identify the signalling pathways involved in these mechanisms, we analysed the effect of different kinase inhibitors. SB202190 and wortmannin were shown to antagonize ionomycin-induced IL-3 mRNA stabilization in PB-3c cells in the presence of actinomycin D, and this effect coincided with their ability to inhibit c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation by ionomycin. Moreover, transfection of activated MEKK1 amplified ionomycin-induced IL-3 mRNA expression at the post-transcriptional level, and a dominant-negative mutant of JNK counteracted mRNA stabilization by ionomycin. Taken together, these data indicate that JNK is involved in the regulation of IL-3 mRNA turnover in mast cells. In addition, transfection experiments revealed that the cis-acting AU-rich element in the 3' untranslated region of IL-3 mRNA is necessary and sufficient to confer JNK-dependent mRNA stabilization in response to cell activation.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Growth and Development (Moroni)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Biomedizin > Former Units at DBM > Growth and Development (Moroni)
UniBasel Contributors:Moroni, Christoph
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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