Helicobacter pylori CagA activates NF-κB by targeting TAK1 for TRAF6-mediated Lys 63 ubiquitination

Acacia Lamb, Xiao Dong Yang, Ying Hung N. Tsang, Jiang Dong Li, Hideaki Higashi, Masanori Hatakeyama, Richard M. Peek, Steven R. Blanke, Lin Feng Chen

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Helicobacter pylori-initiated chronic gastritis is characterized by the cag pathogenicity island-dependent upregulation of proinflammatory cytokines, which is largely mediated by the transcription factor nuclear factor (NF)-κB. However, the cag pathogenicity island-encoded proteins and cellular signalling molecules that are involved in H. pylori-induced NF-κB activation and inflammatory response remain unclear. Here, we show that H. pylori virulence factor CagA and host protein transforming growth factor-β-activated kinase 1 (TAK1) are essential for H. pylori-induced activation of NF-κB. CagA physically associates with TAK1 and enhances its activity and TAK1-induced NF-κB activation through the tumour necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6-mediated, Lys 63-linked ubiquitination of TAK1. These findings show that polyubiquitination of TAK1 regulates the activation of NF-κB, which in turn is used by H. pylori CagA for the H. pylori-induced inflammatory response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1242-1249
Number of pages8
JournalEMBO Reports
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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