Calmodulin-dependent kinase IV links Toll-like receptor 4 signaling with survival pathway of activated dendritic cells.

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Microbial products, including lipopolysaccharide (LPS), an agonist of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), regulate the lifespan of dendritic cells (DCs) by largely undefined mechanisms. Here, we identify a role for calcium-calmodulin-dependent kinase IV (CaMKIV) in this survival program. The pharmacologic inhibition of CaMKs as well as ectopic expression of kinase-inactive CaMKIV decrease the viability of monocyte-derived DCs exposed to bacterial LPS. The defect in TLR4 signaling includes a failure to accumulate the phosphorylated form of the cAMP response element-binding protein (pCREB), Bcl-2, and Bcl-xL. CaMKIV null mice have a decreased number of DCs in lymphoid tissues and fail to accumulate mature DCs in spleen on in vivo exposure to LPS. Although isolated Camk4-/- DCs are able to acquire the phenotype typical of mature cells and release normal amounts of cytokines in response to LPS, they fail to accumulate pCREB, Bcl-2, and Bcl-xL and therefore do not survive. The transgenic expression of Bcl-2 in CaMKIV null mice results in full recovery of DC survival in response to LPS. These results reveal a novel link between TLR4 and a calcium-dependent signaling cascade comprising CaMKIV-CREB-Bcl-2 that is essential for DC survival.

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Cited Authors

  • Illario, M; Giardino-Torchia, ML; Sankar, U; Ribar, TJ; Galgani, M; Vitiello, L; Masci, AM; Bertani, FR; Ciaglia, E; Astone, D; Maulucci, G; Cavallo, A; Vitale, M; Cimini, V; Pastore, L; Means, AR; Rossi, G; Racioppi, L

Published Date

  • January 15, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 111 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 723 - 731

PubMed ID

  • 17909078

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2200860

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-4971

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1182/blood-2007-05-091173


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States