The linear ubiquitin chain assembly complex regulates TRAIL‐induced gene activation and cell death

  • Lafont E
  • Kantari‐Mimoun C
  • Draber P
  • et al.
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© 2017 The Authors. Published under the terms of the CC BY 4.0 license The linear ubiquitin chain assembly complex (LUBAC) is the only known E3 ubiquitin ligase which catalyses the generation of linear ubiquitin linkages de novo. LUBAC is a crucial component of various immune receptor signalling pathways. Here, we show that LUBAC forms part of the TRAIL-R-associated complex I as well as of the cytoplasmic TRAIL-induced complex II. In both of these complexes, HOIP limits caspase-8 activity and, consequently, apoptosis whilst being itself cleaved in a caspase-8-dependent manner. Yet, by limiting the formation of a RIPK1/RIPK3/MLKL-containing complex, LUBAC also restricts TRAIL-induced necroptosis. We identify RIPK1 and caspase-8 as linearly ubiquitinated targets of LUBAC following TRAIL stimulation. Contrary to its role in preventing TRAIL-induced RIPK1-independent apoptosis, HOIP presence, but not its activity, is required for preventing necroptosis. By promoting recruitment of the IKK complex to complex I, LUBAC also promotes TRAIL-induced activation of NF-κB and, consequently, the production of cytokines, downstream of FADD, caspase-8 and cIAP1/2. Hence, LUBAC controls the TRAIL signalling outcome from complex I and II, two platforms which both trigger cell death and gene activation.




Lafont, E., Kantari‐Mimoun, C., Draber, P., De Miguel, D., Hartwig, T., Reichert, M., … Walczak, H. (2017). The linear ubiquitin chain assembly complex regulates TRAIL‐induced gene activation and cell death. The EMBO Journal, 36(9), 1147–1166.

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