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p47 negatively regulates IKK activation by inducing the lysosomal degradation of polyubiquitinated NEMO

Nature Communications 3:1061 doi:10.1038/ncomms2068 (2012)
Shibata Y, Oyama M, Kozuka-Hata H, Han X, Tanaka Y, Gohda J, Inoue J.
Department of Cancer Biology, Division of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo, Shirokane-dai, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8639, Japan.

The persistent or excess activation of NF-κB causes various inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, but the molecular mechanisms that negatively regulate NF-κB activation are not fully understood. Here we show that p47, an essential factor for Golgi membrane fusion, associates with the NEMO subunit of the IκB kinase (IKK) complex upon TNF-α or IL-1 stimulation, and inhibits IKK activation. p47 binds to Lys63-linked and linear polyubiquitin chains, which are conjugated to NEMO upon such stimulation. The binding of p47 to polyubiquitinated NEMO triggers the lysosomal degradation of NEMO, thereby inhibiting IKK activation. The silencing of p47 results in enhanced TNF-α- or IL-1-induced IKK activation, and an increased expression of genes encoding inflammatory mediators. Taken together, our results suggest that p47 is critical for negatively regulating stimulation-induced IKK activation in a manner that is mechanistically distinct from the previously characterized negative regulators, such as A20 and CYLD.