Silencing of Bruton's tyrosine kinase (Btk) using short interfering RNA duplexes (siRNA)

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Tec family tyrosine kinases, Bruton's tyrosine kinase (Btk), Itk, Bmx, Tec, and Txk, are multi-domain proteins involved in hematopoietic signaling. Here, we demonstrate that human Btk protein can transiently be depleted using double-stranded short RNA interference (siRNA) oligonucleotides. Imaging and Western blotting analysis demonstrate that Btk expression is down regulated in heterologous systems as well as in hematopoietic lineages, following transfection or microinjection of Btk siRNA duplexes. The induction of histamine release, a pro-inflammatory mediator, in RBL-2H3 mast cells was reduced by 20-25% upon Btk down regulation. Similar, results were obtained when the Btk activity was inhibited using the kinase blocker LFM-A13. These results demonstrate a direct role of Btk for the efficient secretion of histamine in allergic responses. © 2002 Federation of European Biochemical Societies. Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.




Heinonen, J. E., Smith, C. I. E., & Nore, B. F. (2002). Silencing of Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (Btk) using short interfering RNA duplexes (siRNA). FEBS Letters, 527(1–3), 274–278.

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