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Sci. STKE, 23 October 2001
Vol. 2001, Issue 105, p. tw389
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.2001.105.tw389]


Immunology TLR3 Tolls for dsRNA

Members of the Toll-like receptor (TLR) family appear to recognize molecular patterns found on pathogens. Alexopoulou et al. have found that double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), which can be associate with viral infection, is recognized by TLR3. DsRNA-treated HEK293 cells that expressed TLR3 showed increased activity of the transcription factor NF-{kappa}B. Murine TLR3–/– bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMM) produced reduced amounts of cytokines in response to dsRNA treatment and had reduced NF-{kappa}B activation compared with that in dsRNA-treated wild-type cells. Other experiments indicated that the intracellular proteins MyD88, IRAK, TRAF6, and Tollip, which function in other TLR family signaling pathways, also are essential for dsRNA-dependent TLR3 signaling. The expression of interferons (IFNs) α and β, which are important in the cellular response to viral infection, was reduced in dsRNA-treated tlr3–/– mouse BMM cells, which suggests that responses to viruses producing dsRNA would be impaired in TLR3-deficient animals. Lysis of infected cells could liberate dsRNA that could activate TLR3 on nearby cells and increase their expression of IFN-α and IFN-β.

L. Alexopoulou, A. Czopik Holt, R. Medzhitov, R. A. Flavell, Recognition of double-stranded RNA and activation of NF-{kappa}B by Toll-like receptor 3. Nature 413, 732-738 (2001). [Online Journal]

Citation: TLR3 Tolls for dsRNA. Sci. STKE 2001, tw389 (2001).

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