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Nuclear factor-κB1: Regulation and function

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The transcription factor NF-κB is a critical regulator of many cellular processes including cell survival and inflammation. NF-κB functions as a hetero- or homo-dimer which can be formed from five NF-κB subunits, NF-κB1 (p50 and its precursor p105), NF-κB2 (p52 and its precursor p100), RelA (p65), RelB and c-Rel. The most studied dimer is p50:p65, which is activated by the classical pathway and usually promotes gene expression. Activation of p50:p65 is linked with cell survival and promoting inflammation. This review provides a detailed overview of the structure, synthesis and function of the lesser characterised NF-κB subunit; NF-κB1 (p105 and p50). The diverse interactions of NF-κB1 with co-activators, co-repressors and other signaling networks that influence NF-κB1 gene expression are discussed. Finally the anti-inflammatory actions of NF-κB1 signaling will be assessed and the crucial need to design novel therapeutic drugs which exploit and amplify the anti-inflammatory actions of p50 will be explored. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Pereira SG, Oakley F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Year: 2008

Volume: 40

Issue: 8

Pages: 1425-1430

ISSN (print): 1357-2725

ISSN (electronic): 1878-5875

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.biocel.2007.05.004

PubMed id: 17693123


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