NIP45 controls the magnitude of the type 2 T helper cell response.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Nuclear factor of activated T cell (NFAT) transcription factors are key regulators of gene transcription within immune cells. The NFAT-interacting protein, (NIP45), augments NFAT-driven IL-4 expression by a mechanism that relies on arginine methylation. To establish the function of NIP45 in vivo, we generated mice with a targeted deletion of the gene encoding this cofactor. NIP45-deficient T helper cells displayed profound defects in the expression of NFAT-regulated cytokine genes, including IL-4. Whereas NIP45 deficiency does not interfere with T helper cell NFAT activation or lineage-specific transcription-factor expression, NIP45 acts as an enhancer for the assembly of protein arginine methyltransferase 1 and the protein arginine methyltransferase 1-linked histone 4 arginine 3 methylation with the IL-4 promoter. Our study reveals an essential role for NIP45 in promoting robust cytokine expression in vivo, which is required for the efficient handling of parasites. We propose that NIP45 acts as a molecular rheostat serving to amplify the type-2 immune response.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fathman, JW; Gurish, MF; Hemmers, S; Bonham, K; Friend, DS; Grusby, MJ; Glimcher, LH; Mowen, KA

Published Date

  • February 23, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 107 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 3663 - 3668

PubMed ID

  • 20133688

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2840445

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1091-6490

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1073/pnas.0914700107


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States