A cis-element in the 3′-untranslated region of IκB-ζ mRNA governs its stimulus-specific expression

Satoshi Watanabe, Koichiro Takeshige, Tatsushi Muta

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IκB-ζ, an essential transcriptional regulator in inflammatory reactions, is induced by microbial substances that stimulate Toll-like receptors and interleukin (IL)-1β but not by tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, via specific mRNA stabilization. Here, we attempted to identify a cis-element in IκB-ζ mRNA that confers the specific induction. To evaluate the activities of various fragments in the post-transcriptional regulation, we constructed unique reporter plasmids, in which a fragment was inserted downstream of a destabilized luciferase cDNA transcribed by the SV40 early enhancer/promoter. In NIH3T3 cells, a reporter plasmid harboring IκB-ζ mRNA exhibited elevated luciferase activity following stimulation with lipopolysaccharide or IL-1β, but not TNF-α, indicating the stimulus-specificity. We found that a 165-nucleotide fragment in the 3′-untranslated region conferred the specific induction. Stimulus-specific induction of IκB-ζ was observed by transfection of full-length IκB-ζ mRNA, but not of a mRNA without the fragment. Thus, this sequence is essential for the stimulus-specific induction of IκB-ζ via a post-transcriptional regulatory mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-791
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007 May 11
Externally publishedYes


  • Induction
  • Innate immunity
  • Interleukin-1β
  • IκB-ζ
  • MyD88
  • NF-κB
  • Post-transcriptional regulation
  • TLR
  • mRNA stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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