NEMO binding domain of IKK-2 encompasses amino acids 735-745.
NF-kappaB activation is mediated by the IKK signalsome. Though this signalsome is comprised of IKK-1, IKK-2, and NEMO/IKKgamma, it is the interaction between IKK-2 and NEMO that is critical to formation of a functional signalsome. More specifically, previous reports have indicated that this interaction involves the C-terminal LDWSWL residues of IKK-2 (called the Nemo Binding Domain (NBD)) and the N-terminus of NEMO. In an effort to characterize the IKK-2:NEMO interaction, we have investigated several NBD-containing peptides for their ability to bind NEMO and inhibit the critical IKK-2:NEMO interaction. The six residue NBD peptide, LDWSWL, showed modest binding to NEMO and little inhibition of the IKK-2:NEMO interaction, whereas peptides containing the NBD plus additional flanking amino acids (NBD-containing peptides) more effectively bound NEMO and inhibited the interaction. These longer NBD-containing peptides may be required to give the NBD an appropriate conformation for recognition by NEMO and/or to provide for additional interactions with NEMO.
Strnad, J; McDonnell, PA; Riexinger, DJ; Mapelli, C; Cheng, L; Gray, H; Ryseck, RP; Burke, JR
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