ABIN-1 heterozygosity sensitizes to innate immune response in both RIPK1-dependent and RIPK1-independent manner

Zhenyi Su, Slawomir A. Dziedzic, Die Hu, Vica Jean Barrett, Nicole Broekema, Wanjin Li, Lihui Qian, Na Jia, Dimitry Ofengeim, Ayaz Najafov, Hong Zhu, David M. Knipe, Junying Yuan

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ABIN-1 (encoded by the gene Tnip1) is a ubiquitin-binding protein that can interact with ubiquitin-editing enzyme A20 (encoded by the gene TNFAIP3) to restrain the activation of necroptosis and NF-κB activation. Genetic variants in the genes Tnip1 and TNFAIP3 are both strongly associated with susceptibility to autoimmune chronic inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis vulgaris and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in humans. Here we investigated the mechanism by which ABIN-1 regulated innate immune responses. We show that ABIN-1 heterozygosity sensitizes cells to antiviral response by mediating NF-κB-dependent and RIPK1-independent expression of pattern recognition molecules, including TLR3, RIG-I, and MDA5, in MEFs. Furthermore, we demonstrate that increased interaction of ABIN-1 and A20 with prolonged poly(I:C) stimulation of WT cells leads to A20-dependent reduction of ABIN-1 protein. Finally, we show that ABIN-1 heterozygosity sensitizes innate immune response of Abin-1+/ mice in vivo by promoting the production of proinflammatory cytokines, which can be blocked upon inhibition of RIPK1 kinase. Inhibition of RIPK1 kinase activity in vivo partially reduces the expression of MDA5, RIG-I, and caspase-11 in Abin-1+/ mice but not in WT mice. Thus, we conclude that ABIN-1 is a suppressor of innate immune response and the interaction of ABIN-1 with A20 controls innate immunity response through the NF-κB pathway and in both RIPK1 kinase activity-independent and dependent manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1077-1088
Number of pages12
JournalCell Death and Differentiation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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