Selective autophagy of the adaptor protein Bcl10 modulates T cell receptor activation of NF-κB.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The adaptor protein Bcl10 is a critically important mediator of T cell receptor (TCR)-to-NF-κB signaling. Bcl10 degradation is a poorly understood biological phenomenon suggested to reduce TCR activation of NF-κB. Here we have shown that TCR engagement triggers the degradation of Bcl10 in primary effector T cells but not in naive T cells. TCR engagement promoted K63 polyubiquitination of Bcl10, causing Bcl10 association with the autophagy adaptor p62. Paradoxically, p62 binding was required for both Bcl10 signaling to NF-κB and gradual degradation of Bcl10 by autophagy. Bcl10 autophagy was highly selective, as shown by the fact that it spared Malt1, a direct Bcl10 binding partner. Blockade of Bcl10 autophagy enhanced TCR activation of NF-κB. Together, these data demonstrate that selective autophagy of Bcl10 is a pathway-intrinsic homeostatic mechanism that modulates TCR signaling to NF-κB in effector T cells. This homeostatic process may protect T cells from adverse consequences of unrestrained NF-κB activation, such as cellular senescence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Paul, S; Kashyap, AK; Jia, W; He, Y-W; Schaefer, BC

Published Date

  • June 29, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 947 - 958

PubMed ID

  • 22658522

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3389288

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4180

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.immuni.2012.04.008


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States